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  • Day7

    Siena & Orvieto

    July 14, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Unsere letzte Flixbusfahrt ging von Bologna nach Siena. Dort stiegen wir, entgegen unseres Plans, in einen Zug nach Orvieto, da am Sonntag kein Bus nach Acquapendente fährt. Von dort aus werden wir morgen unser geplantes Ziel Bolsena ansteuern.
    Nach einer Überwindung von 170 Höhenmetern über eine Strecke von 3,5km, legten wir unsere Sachen im Hotel ab. Nach einer Dusche ging es in die Altstadt, wo wir den großen Dom bewundern konnten. Die Frage, wieso ein solch großer Dom in einer doch relativ kleinen Stadt erbaut wurde, konnte uns der in der Schweiz geborene Hotelwärter beantworten (Die Stadt ist 2700 Jahre alt und hatte damals eine sehr große Bedeutung).
    Den Abend ließen wir zusammen mit ihm bei einem langen Gespräch über Gott und die Welt ausklingen.
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  • Day7

    Torre del Moro, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Even though the sun wasn’t shining we decided to make the climb to the top of the Torre Del Moro, a 13th century tower that is perfectly oriented to the four cardinal points of Orvieto. From the top of the 47 meter high tower, one can observe Orvieto in its entirety, from the west the view extends out to the sea, to the mountain peaks of Cetona and Amiata in the north.

    In 1866 the tower underwent a restoration and the mechanical clock was set up and the two municipal bells were hoisted to the top. The smaller bell was from the tower of Saint’Andrea and the larger one from Palazzo del Popolo, where it had been since 1313.

    The climb up the 250 stairs was good exercise to work off some of the delicious foods we have been eating, and the view up the top was worth the effort. Even the chilly breeze couldn’t take away from the amazing 360 degrees views. Orvieto is such a contained town and it was fun to be able to point out many of the buildings we are now familiar with.
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  • Day7

    Via del Duomo, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    One thing we have loved in Orvieto is just strolling the beautiful streets and Via del Duomo is my favourite. With its shops filled with beautiful ceramics and lovely Christmas displays it is probably a good thing I don't live here, and it is too expensive to send all my shopping wants home. I also love the wooden statues in many of the shops as it shows a real sense of unity amongst the shop vendors. Orvieto is such a pretty town and has a lot to offer.

    After our tower climb and another stroll up my favourite street we decided to stop for lunch at Bar Da Brozzi, a very authentic Italian cafe that did not seem to really cater to tourists. We love these kinds of places and love the fact that staff speak very little, if any, English. Between us we work it out and somehow always manage to get our orders across. It certainly adds to the whole experience. We enjoyed yet another delicious meal paired with a beautiful Orvieto wine, while admiring the cafe fit out. They have definitely found a good use for their wine corks, from the wooden trees decorated with them to the bar totally covered with them. Very ingenious.

    This is a life we could get very use to.
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  • Day6

    Caffe Montanucci, Orvieto

    November 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    This morning we enjoyed a delicious two course breakfast at Caffe Montanucci, Orvieto's historic coffee bar and pastry shop which has been operating for over 100 years. This place is impressive with its many different eating nooks and areas, including a lovely looking garden terrace (but it was a bit too cool to sit there this morning). It appears that much of the decoration has been done by artists from the Bottega Michelangeli wood atelier and it is a great enhancement to otherwise blank walls. The attention to detail in these pieces along with the quirkiness add another level of interest to this historic cafe.

    Along with its huge range of delicious looking sweet and savoury options for breakfast, a vast array of chocolate temptations, tortes and cakes, and not to forget the great take-away meal options this cafe has a lot to offer. No doubt we will return to try some of their other offerings before we leave Orvieto.
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  • Day5

    Bottega Michelangeli, Orvieto

    November 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    One of the things I remembered most about Orvieto was the many decorative wooden pieces on display throughout the town, from the quirky wooden benches adorned with the relief of a rooster or a cat, to the decorative doorways, the odd shop sign or outdoor table to wall decorations and decorated laneways. This time I was able to discover more about the creator of these pieces and admire even more of them as we came across a gorgeous laneway filled with these quirky wooden pieces.

    Every piece I have admired throughout the town is the work of the Bottega Michelangeli wood atelier. Begun as a furniture maker five generations ago, the workshop developed its now famous two-dimensional, almost shadow puppet look under Gualverio Michelangeli in the mid-20th century, as he departed from the stodgy furniture-making tradition begun by his family in 1789 to experiment with sculpture in pinewood. The quirky blend of folk and contemporary art is carried on by his three daughters and the atelier is now housed in a former theatre retrofitted to hold both the workshop and showrooms.

    Wandering up the laneway and glancing in the workshop and showrooms is a feast for the eyes, and the artistry and imagination to create such pieces is inspiring. I got a giggle as I stepped into one of the showrooms and glanced up to see a naked cherub floating above me. Against the beautifully decorated and almost elegant ceilings the cherub was a touch of humour as you entered the space. Other than the workshop and showrooms themselves, the best place to see the grandeur of Gualverio Michelangeli’s vision is the Montanucci Café, where fairy tale forests of trees and flowers, populated with woodland creatures and playful elves adorn the walls. This was one laneway I was happy we stumbled across.
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  • Day7

    Ristorante Grotte del Funaro, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    We came across Ristorante Grotte del Funaro as we were exploring Orvieto and from the outside it looked like every other restaurant we had passed. On closer inspection we discovered the restaurant itself was situated in the heart of the cliff of Orvieto that was initially an Etruscan cave, then a rope making workshop before becoming the restaurant. While the entrance was at street level, upon entering you head down the stairs and into the caves. It was amazing and has been so well thought out in the use of the space. We absolutely loved it.

    Thankfully the meals made the experience even more enjoyable. I had grilled chicken with balsamic, tomatoes and rocket with a side of spinach and the chicken was the best I have ever tasted. Brad had mixed grill for his main meal which included wild boar, pork, lamb and sausages with grilled vegetables and he really enjoyed it too. Dessert was the most delicious apple strudel with custard and cream for me and white chocolate mousse with dark chocolate for Brad. Thank goodness we are walking everywhere so I can work off some of the calories.

    It was such an enjoyable experience and the prices here are amazing. This is one night out I won’t forget.
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  • Day7

    Giardini Comunali di Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    This morning we headed out to explore the other side of Orvieto and made our way to the Giardini Comunali di Orvieto. These beautiful public gardens are set in what was once the Fortezza Albornoz. Originally the fort had a moat and drawbridge but today only a portion remains, including parts of the wall, from which we were able to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the green hills surrounding the city and the valley of the Paglia river.

    Last time we were in this area I was so disappointed that we had missed the colours of spring and autumn and most of the Umbria and Tuscany was brown freshly ploughed fields. This time it has lived up to and exceeded my expectations, even with the overcast weather. I am even more enamoured with Italy.
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  • Day73

    Bologna to Citta di castello

    November 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We’re heading to Rome and Città Di Castello (City of the Castle) is an overnight stop on the way. We stopped at a small village, for a coffee, and found a parking spot but it was only for a maximum of 30 minutes. I asked a local who said “if you get a ticket frame it - it’ll be the only one ever issued in this town”. I really did expect a ticket on our return (nearly bought a frame) but none!!!

    We got to Città Di Castello mid-afternoon and really weren’t expecting much - just somewhere to stay overnight. Wow were we, once again, surprised. Really nice (and cheap hotel) and the town looks like something out of a storybook (complete with fortified wall). Beautiful streets, the castle and 2 very old magnificently maintained churches. I climbed the cathedral tower and the views of the town were fantastic.

    We stopped in at the cathedral and listened to musicians rehearsing for a mass. We came back later in the evening and it looked like a bishop was giving the service, and there must have been more than a thousand people crammed in side.

    Like many European towns (and some cities) the place shuts down for 2 or 3 hours after lunch (eat and a siesta - something I think would go well back home). But, they then reopen until 8pm or later. By 3.30 pm the main square was completely full of families - not sure where they all came from.

    We stopped in at a restaurant, around 7 pm, for dinner. Even though the place was empty (looked like they could sit at least 50 people) they said they couldn’t fit us in unless we were happy to eat now and be out by, say, 8.30 pm. Italians like to eat late, and take a long time doing it!!!! Another really good meal (lucky we’re averaging about 10 kms a day walking).

    I liked the place so much I tried to convince Anne to sell up and move here 😁.

    Tomorrow my Italian driving skills will be tested - we’re staying at an apartment in inner Rome. I’ve been practicing my gesticulating, horn honking and swearing (and my apologising to other motorists). I’ll need a good sleep......
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  • Day8

    Sights of Sienna

    September 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Up early as we were off to have a full day (ish) in Sienna today. The sun was out and Alan had identified a really good parking spot .. so off we went. The day started with a great cup of coffee and local biscuits before purchasing our OPA, not OAP tickets for all of the bits linked to the cathedral. We decided to get a multimedia guide.. great idea as just enough information to digest in a short time. The pass lasts up to four days, but we only really had a few hours, but it was enough to give us a taster. The cathedral, crypt and baptiste were amazing as was the terrace in the museum.. Looked more like part of a set than an unfinished extension to one of the great cathedrals in Europe. So quick lunch, couldn't finish my wine.... and then off to the piazza del campo .. where they have the famous horse race, twice a year.. All of it was amazing .. Sienna you didn't disappoint. So here are some photosRead more

  • Day6

    Pool and a good book

    September 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So today we decided that with a busy few days planned tomorrow, Thursday and Friday we would take the opportunity to relax around the pool. Two finished books later, an easy lunch with the obligatory beer, afternoon ice cream and a cup of tea.. its time to get ready to drive to see the Dolmio family in the next village for dinner.. Off to the wine tour tomorrow. How could you get bored of this view though.. and some good old pool volleyball.Read more

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