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  • Day10


    September 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We started in Collepino -- it seems every hill top has a small village from the Middle Ages. Of course the ones we see have all been restored. Everything is spotless.

    The walk followed the ancient route of the aqueduct that supplied Spello. Along the way we walked through olive groves. These are amazing trees. They grow without irrigation -- even this Summer which was both hot and extremely dry. The trees live for centuries -- the oldest in Umbria is from the 1700's. But they need to be pruned every year if they are to produce enough olives for oil production.Read more

  • Day67

    So Long Rome.... Hello Spello!

    November 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Checked out and stored half our luggage. Walked around and had a forgettable espresso. Saw the Piazza Navona. Looked at Christmas shops but nothing amazing - disappointing Christmas game Rome (though not so disappointing as Paris)! Browsed more shops.

    Then sandwiches and wine from Pane e Salame for lunch (thanks to Trent and Renee for the recommendation). Turns out that its number 1 rank on TripAdvisor was warranted - was delicious! Porchetta (roast pork) and salami with eggplant and smoked cheese, yum. Plus, they had Coldplay songs on - perfect.

    For dessert some gelato from Venchi - yum. And then back to our luggage. Took a wrong turn and stumbled across a place that had a few Christmas ornaments. Found a handpainted bauble made in Pashmir with 12 layers of lacquer (not handmade in Italy but was prettier than the others we had seen in Rome).

    Then on the train to Spello! Side note: Spello is definitely a different place from the much instagrammed Spoleto. A fact we'd had to clarify after pretty much everyone we spoke to about going to Spello thought we meant Spoleto. And then asked why when he confirmed we meant Spello. Our response? It looked cute and small.

    Train to Spello was 2 hours or so - went through a lot of tunnels which kept making our ears pop? Was odd but fine.

    Spello is a super cute little mountainside village on the train route between Rome and Florence. Has about 6,000 people.

    Our host didn't speak much English but he picked us up and drove us to the accommodation through tiny streets. Basically the width of a car which is slightly unnerving. Outside our place the road widens to almost two cars, so they call it a square instead of a road...

    Haven't seen much of the town but looking forward to exploring for the next 3 days. Went out for dinner to a recommended restaurant and was delicious. Thick spaghetti with truffle, bread, red wine, veal stew in wine sauce, grilled zucchini, tomato and eggplant, some other green vegetable and lots of olive oil. Followed by tiramisù and souffle (Wade now understands that souffle is not creme brulee...). Was very good.
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  • Day69

    Wining and Dining

    November 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Slow start on Friday - no breakfast stuff at accomodation so just had fruit and coffee. Made it out to lunch at La Cantina - a very nice restaurant in the centre of town.

    Started with liver pate, toasted ciabatta and a bottle of delicious red wine. Followed by spaghetti with broccoli truffle and bacon, and mixed grilled meat, with spinach on the side. Really good. Dessert was a chocolate panna cotta (OK) and coffee. We were a little tipsy after lunch.

    Checked out a couple of cute stores, then headed back home and chilled out. Was nice to relax.

    Also did very little Saturday. Drank more wine. Ate some good pizza and battered squid/prawns for dinner. Read books and watched movies. Wade played some piano (Coldplay - Clocks). That was about it.
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