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Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi September 26th 2019

What a day! Ursula and John were up early and hiked up Mount Subasio to St Francis’ summer campsite, the Hermitage, arriving around 10:00 as it opened. To get to the area where St Francis and his followers camped it was necessary to go through the monastery itself, down a set of stone stairs and through a series of rooms, each smaller than the last with a smaller doorway than the last, until you finally squeeze out onto the walkway overlooking the ravine and a small stone bridge across to niche where they set up a covering to protect themselves from bad weather. The area is extremely peaceful and as you walk further along the path you find small sitting areas and serene pathways for silent contemplation of nature. At the end of the main path ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi September 25th 2019

As usual John was up early and walking the streets looking for the perfect light. Lots of great pictures but one stood out because it was taken as the morning sun hit Perugia a lit up the entire city. Wow. So very sorry that the lens was not telephoto. Needless to say, it was quite special. John stopped on the way back to the flat for sweets which were consumed with a high level of satisfaction. And so began the day. Peggy was not feeling too well so decided to stay close to home for the day. So Ursula, Chad and John walked to San Damiano down the hill and outside the city walls. This little monastery was the place where St. Francis had the realization of his path in life, and later it became the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Passignano sul Trasimeno June 6th 2019

6/6/2019 – Lago Trasimeno Verplaatsing naar Passignano sul Trasimeno. Oud vissersdorpje aan het Trasimeno meer in Umbria, streek ten oosten van Toscane, land van Etruskische en Romeinse beschaving. Ook geboorteland van Annibal en San Francisco. Die van Assisi. De relatieve koelte van het meer is een aangename verandering. De camping waar we staan is 'ANWB Aanbevolen'. Dus NL sleurhutten zijn hier genoeg. De wasjes hangen aan de lijn. Wij nemen onze vuile was mee naar huis. We zullen zo onze geplande 3 rustdagen wel aangenaam volkrijgen.... read more
Passignano sul Trasimeno - Camping Kursaal
Passignano sul Trasimeno - Camping Kursaal

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto October 7th 2018

As our travels in Italy come to an end, we wanted to share the places we found that are definitely worth visiting on your next trip. In Orvieto we recommend: · Hotel Virgilio, Piazza Duomo 5 - 05018 - Orvieto (Tr) Italy Tel. 0039 0763 39 49 37. Small hotel facing the duomo. Very clean but the walls are thin and you hear everything going on in the bathroom next door as well as in the hallways and stairwells. · Osteria da Mamma Angela, Piazza del Popolo, 2 Orvieto 05018 Tel 0763 342790 Nice location on the piazza with great service and definitely a local flavor. Pasta dishes were excellent and the desserts worth ordering. · Trattoria del Moro Aronne, Via San Leonardo, 7 Orvieto 05018 Tel 0763 342763 Fabulous food and service. Small ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto September 23rd 2018

Despite being up early with the idea of visiting the duomo we were surprised to find out that it did not open on Sundays until 2:30 as there were multiple services being preformed. So our plans changed and we headed for the quaint little streets and medieval byways. On the way we stopped at the archaeological museum and had a fabulous conversation with one of the men that run the place. Seems there are lots of Etruscan tombs and ancient burial sites in the tufa all around the city. Orvieto is a wonderful little city with lots of children and families living very pleasant and relaxed lives just 60 minutes from downtown Rome. After some nice views and curious little back streets, we made our way back to one of the restaurants we had heard about ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto September 22nd 2018

Casual breakfast, gathering of our belongings and taxi to the Rome train station. Purchased some tickets for our travels from Orvieto and Florence and boarded our local train for the one hour trip to our new home (for two days). What a dramatic difference Rome to Orvieto, From hectic to tranquil, from busy to sedate, from city to country. Orvieto is a world apart, a real hill town with stone buildings out of the medieval period … and a spectacular duomo that brings art and culture to this hamlet. We dropped our bags at the hotel, Virgilio, and walked to our luncheon at Osteria da Mamma Angela across from the city hall. There is a festival underway for kids of all ages with classic wooden games of every kind. What fun to watch everyone playing happily ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto October 30th 2017

Oct 27-30, 2017 Orvieto The remainder of our birthday week trip took us for a few days to one of many Umbria hill towns, Orvieto. We hopped back on the train from Rome which took us to the base of the volcanic plug which Orvieto is situated on top of. In fact there are two parts of the town, the modern lower part where the train arrives and the one we were headed to, the medieval upper town. They fortunately have a very inexpensive 90 second funicular ride that you can hop on to take you up the 1,000 feet to the top. When you reach the top you notice that there is still a road that takes you “up” even further into the town. They do have a shuttle bus that can take you into ... read more
A Great Way to Get to the Hilltop Village of Orvieto
Our View As We Looked Out On Our Ride Up the Hill
The Orvieto Fort - a Perfect Spot for Protection

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi July 18th 2017

July 18 Tuesday Slept in for the first time since we left England. But of course that's 7:30 for me. I took my time getting ready for breakfast and even played some Candy Crush and Fairway Solitaire for a bit. Breakfast was not ideal. No buffet. Choice of over easy, hard, or omelet for egg choices. I went with the omelette. Imagine my surprise to find french fries mixed inside the omelette. They must've used the leftover french fries from yesterday's dinner. LOL. Then they offered really under cooked bacon and long hotdog looking sausages. Once again think God for bread rolls. They had juice on the table but I didn't care for it. When I asked for water they told me I couldn't get a glass of water but I could buy a bottle. After ... read more
Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (25)
Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (26)
Ferry across the Adriatic Sea (27)

Europe » Italy » Umbria July 2nd 2017

Lovely sunny day and finally low humidity, unlike Croatian coast. Had buffet breakfast with others and then left them to go on an optional tour while we walked to Trevi fountain, Panthion and Spanish Steps. Got a bit lost on the way home but still made it in time for pick up to go to the Vatican. Stayed there a couple of hours and witnessed the Pope giving his 12 o'clock blessing. Went by the coach to the Coleseum and left the group who were doing and internal tour. We made a mistake and added several more kms of walking our return journey home but made it ok. Went out later for dinner at Maccas for a change. Still cost about $ 30 AUD. Food is very expensive here. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Assisi June 9th 2017

What a day! This morning as a group, we went to Assisi, Italy. What a beautiful town. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there from Rome, which was nice because I got some sleep. We had to go up a steep hill, because the town is on the hill overlooking the beautiful countryside. First stop was the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. This has been one of my favorite churches that I have seen in Italy. Then, we had free time to explore the city. A group of us ended up just walking the (up hill) streets going into the shops and food places. For lunch, we stopped at I Monaci. It was good and cheap, but nothing to brag about. I have learned while traveling outside of Rome, there are more ... read more

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