Blogs from Urbino, Marche, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino January 27th 2016

In 2014, Liz and Anna were cycling from Pesaro to Urbino, then to Gubbio and finishing at Assisi, only to arrive at Urbino towards darkness, unable to find the accommodation and led astray by the 'trusty' Tom Tom. After much drama they were rescued by a wonderful, kind Italian who looked after the bikes and drove them to the B and B which turned out to be another 25km away! oh Lordy! Therefore, this trip included a revisit to the historic, hill top, university town they did not get to see at all and to put to bed some bad memories! Alora! Success. This town is built almost entirely from bricks, apart from the paving, the cathedral interior (which was almost entirely marble) and facades of important buildings. There was very little stone to be seen ... read more
Another aspect
City wall
City street

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino January 26th 2016

At last.... Stopping for 6 days in Urbino. Since we last posted we have been to San Severo and Ascoli, both towns in the mid eastern regions of marche and once again beautiful with magnificent old centres and history by the bucket full. We have been lost, found, lost again in the old sector of ascoli only to be assisted by a policeman whose parents live in Adelaide and whose dream is to visit them. It is really hard to find these places sometimes Especially with no Internet connection to assist. Our hosts have overall been lovely: the occasional exception and the language barrier increases as we move into less urban environments. We have recently been in touch with most of our children, who are following our blog, which means a lot to us. Thanks to ... read more
Palazzo: Wonderful detail
S. Anna
Hidden stonework

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino August 23rd 2013

We drove along the coast road rather than the freeway and stopped numerous times to check out the beach. Other than the colour of the umbrellas it didn't change much. The seaside towns we vdry quaint though. We ate our gourmet picnic (last nights leftovers) down by the water and it tasted pretty good the day after. We decided that we were not going to find anywhere to stay on the coast so we turned inland towards Urbino and decided that the first place we found after we turned off the freeway would do. As we drove into to Urbino we saw a sign for Casa Dolce Casa (home sweet home) and headed there. It was another rare gem. Right on the side of a hill, looking over the valley toward the walled town of Urbino, ... read more
Our gourmet picnic by the Adriatic Sea

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino May 21st 2013

Our holiday in Suzy is coming to a close with a just over a week to go. Suzy got her itchy feet on again and we moved from our campsite at San Marino back into the Marche area to the city of Urbino. OUr plan was to find the Sosta, park up and catch the bus into the centre. Plans don't always work out and for a start the sosta wasnt that easy to find despite having the co-ordinates. The other problem was the bus. We knew it ran hourly but had no idea at what time. So off we went in search of the sosta. Eventually we did find it and it was empty so there was plenty of room for Suzy. We walked to the end of the road and spied the bus stop ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 23rd 2011

Today is my last full day in Urbino. I'm both sad and happy to be leaving for Florence tomorrow. On the one hand, Urbino's beautiful and intimate. I know people here and where everything is. On the other hand, it's small and pretty secluded. Urbino is a town, I'm a city girl. Florence is going to be amazingly big and full, just the way I like it. Also, moving to Florence means I've completed a semester of Italian, survived three weeks in a foreign country without calling my mom too much (every other day isn't that much, right? Kidding.) and only have two and a half more until I'm home. I'll be sad to leave, but happy to be home and then back at 'Nova. Not much has happened since my last post. I studied for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 20th 2011

Yesterday afternoon most of the group went to this park area and did sporty activities. I'm proud to say that I participated :) I played ultimate frisbee. Yeah, that's right. However, I didn't get the frisbee much, since my aim isn't too great...I did get an interception :) After that a much smaller group of us met up with our Italian friends and BBQ'ed. Italian BBQs consist of grilling sausage and sitting around, not much different an American ones to be honest, with the exception of everyone speaking (or trying to speak) Italian. Today I have a wonderful nap planned and studying since my final is in TWO DAYS!!! It rained a little last night and some this morning and it's MUCH cooler. I can now sleep under my covers :) These next two days (today ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 19th 2011

Yesterday afternoon was so much fun!! Liana (my roommate), Sarah, Lien, Sofia, SJ and I went to the beach in Fano with 3 Italian guys we met during basketball and soccer. I played beach volleyball and succeeded in falling backwards twice in failed attempts to hit the ball. After that we rushed back, ate dinner, did homework then ran to karaoke. So much fun!! At first it was mostly just dancing to older songs (Grease and Cotton-Eyed Joe, and yes, I did the dance) then more current ones came on. Then the mic came out. It was hilarious and painful because no one singing could actually sing. Y'all will be happy to know that I DID NOT sing, at least with a mic. Then blissful sleep :) Today we're going to a park to okay volleyball, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 14th 2011

I'm a little late on writing this one, but yesterday was just crazy! Not much happened during the actual day, but right around 8, after a disappointing dinner, a group of us went to play soccer with five Italian guys, 3 of which we had played basketball with. It was so much fun! I of course didn't play, but I was dubbed by Lucas, sorta the leader of them all, the coach/cheerleader of all the players. All I really did was take a lot of pictures and laugh at all the shenanigans that were going on on the field. One of the guys was a professional. He's not at the top level (A), but the one below it (B) (I compared it as not MLB but AAA). It was so cool to see him play, and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 12th 2011

Well, I had my mid-terms today, and they weren't too bad. So right now my electricity keeps going on and off without any roommate's currently freaking out about it in the shower. Anywho, we went to Roman ruins this afternoon. I think I can honestly say I have never sweated that much in my life. It was well above 90 (I know y'all Texans don't think that's bad, but just wait) and not a cloud in the sky. Even the Italians were uncomfortable. On top of all that, the ruins weren't very good. Maybe I've been spoiled by the Roman ruins in Rome, but these were just a jumble of rocks (some of which used to make the public bathroom, sadly the only easily identified room) and a Medieval skeleton. There was no shade, the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 11th 2011

There isn't much to talk about today. We have our mid-term tests tomorrow, so nothing was planned for today. Even if I hadn't been studying, I wouldn't have done much because it was oppressively hot everywhere, not just in our rooms like usual. In class we had a scavenger hunt review where we teamed up and Simone would give us a 'city' from our 'itinerary' and on that card would be a conversation to translate, words to spell, nouns to give articles to, verbs to conjugate, etc. My team came in second....out of three. I did go to the supermarket and get pear juice, which is currently in my fridge so that it'll be cold for the morning! And, best part....FROSTIES!! The Italian name for Frosted Flakes is Frosties. Everything's the same, Tony, the taste, the ... read more

Tot: 2.489s; Tpl: 0.066s; cc: 5; qc: 85; dbt: 0.0706s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.4mb