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Oct 5, 2007 - In Orvieto!

This place is charming, narrow streets, lots of brick buildings, hundreds of underground caves (you will see my pics) the best best vino is here! last night home made pasta! My God i am in heaven! I checked into Hotel Valentino, after taking the funicular, gondola, and a bus. A much needed shower and off for dinner recommended by the hotel. The restaurant was fantastic i had home made fresh speg with truffles and a spicy garlic sauce. Bread is included and the wine excellent. After dinner i walked about the town, it was so warm out and...

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Aug 26, 2007 - Perugia - Magione Our apartment at Padue Monte Petrete

Ciao Last week was spent at Padere Monte Petrete (the house on the hill that has six apartments) our apartment is The Quercia. It has an entrance at the back of the house making it very private. Windows in the bedroom and living room open up on the second story and overlook the valley below and the town of San Savino on the hilltop across the valley. We are surrounded by woods up the hill and olive groves down the hill and on both sides. A lovely setting with much peace and quite - except we arrived as the 10 day festival of San Savino was...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Orvieto

Today we went down to the train station and caught a train to Orvieto, about an hour north of Rome, in the region of Umbria to sample some of the wine from here. Orvieto is perched upon a plateau 300 metres above sea level looking down over a landscape dotted with vineyards. From the train station we took the funicular up to the old town site and visited the Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (community gardens). The town has an abundance of wine shops selling the regional wines, including the Orvieto Classico which we can get at home for about...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Orvieto, Italy

Orvieto? You may ask... well there are quite a few reasons. 1. we knew that we would need a day of rest between Florence and Rome 2. We really wanted to see a hill town of inland Italy 3. Our B&B in Rome was not available until the 6th So, here we are in Orvieto... Orvieto is most known for 3 things 1. their wine 2. their ceramics 3. and their church (aka Duomo de Orvieto) Ok, no more lists. With no trouble at all we left Florence in the morning and arrived in Orvieto by lunch. We checked into our hotel at the bottom of the city and...

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4 Weeks in Europe

Mar 17, 2006 - Perugia

St. Patrick's day = Day trip to Perugia Land of chocolate, olive oil, and wine. This little town is a great place for day trippin' from Rome. It's an ancient Etruscan city with amazing hill country views and pretty chocolates. We didn't really know what were going to do once we got there except get a cappuccino asap because we woke up at 5:45am to catch the 7am train there! Let's Go Italy was a big help to this day trip. We used it to tour some of the 14th-15th century churches and Etruscan land marks and led ourselves to a great Enoteca...

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Oct 18, 2005 - Umbria - Perugia and Assisi

Ciao! Have spent 4 days down in Perugia and Assisi in Umbria. Both are magnificent hill towns with spectacular views, although Perugia is much bigger. Perugia is a chocolate lovers heaven and home to Perugina who make Baci chocolates. As luck would have it, I arrived just in time for a worldwide choc fest. Hundreds of companies giving away free samples. The place has been crowded with people from around the world (in fact it has been worse than the tourists in Prague) There are chocolate fountains, rivers, sculptures but also heaps of music...

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EUROTRIP 2005

Sep 24, 2005 - Cousins come and cousins go....!!!

Well Anna turned 40 on the 22nd and it was a nice gesture for my cousins in Avezzano to take us out to dinner. We went up to the mountains not to far away and even though it was her birthday, she still got car sick.....lol but not for long as once we arrived, it all went. Talk about a small world, the owners use to live in Glenroy and then the world got even smaller as the father use to work with my dad at Grollo back in those days and then he bought a pump so Donny, if you read this, his name was "Primo", l tell you, amazing. We ate like...

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May 19, 2005 - Orvieto and a new camera

Well it has been one exciting day. We spent the last couple days in Orvieto. Its charming small hilltown in Umbria. The town sits at the 1000 feet above the valley and is quite amazing to see coming from the train station. They have a funicular to transport everyone up the hill. The city was originally inhabited by Etruscans back in the 300 BC or so. They dug an elaborate caving system, which has been used up until the early 1900s. Some caves are still in use as personal wine cellars. We took a tour through a couple of the caves which was...

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Mar 3, 2005 - Orvieto--home of a Eucharistic miracle!

O.K. Since I am leaving for Easter Break tomorrow and I will have a 20 hour train ride to read on I am going to catch up on my journaling right now and I will do my work on the trains. I'm not as much of a slacker as some people think. :o) So, after the great spiritual experience in Rome we headed for more spiritual places in Orvieto and then Assisi. Orvieto is a charming town way up on a hill in the Italian region of Umbria. It is the home of the beautiful Cathedral of the miracle, the eucharistic miracle which I will tell you about later,...

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Jun 15, 2004 - D: Exploring Umbria on bikes

Dear Friends, After nearly 3 months of sitting on trains, planes, buses, trucks and boats through Africa and Greece we felt we were in perfect physical condition for a 6 day bike trip through the countryside of Umbria, Italy. Turns out we weren't really in shape...imagine our surpise! But that didn't detract at all from our enjoyment of peaceful rides winding through vineyards and wheat fields enthusiastically splashed with blood-red poppies. We became big fans of our granny gear--the lowest of our 27 gears--to get us up to the picturesque...

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