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So, we drove north and are now in Tuscany. We stopped at Orvieto, which is an Italian Hill Town. There are many hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria, particularly the former. They were built during the middle ages as defensive structures due to the constant small time warfare and raiding. So, this massive Roman Empire is reduced to sibling squabbling. But there are attractive sights left for us.
In Orvieto, the church is rated by some as the most beautiful ...
... look great in our Cucina in Perth !!
As it turned out we opted not to try and find Casa Bramasole, as it is outside of the walls of Cortona and we had really had a lovely day anyway.
I just popped some pics into the blog instead, that I "borrowed" from some other "tourists"!!!
A Bella giornata ( beautiful day ).......Enjoy the pics ...... R&N
... perfect - Bella giornata, sunny and warm . It was lovely in amongst all the shimmering olive trees , lots of chatter from everyone busily picking . We thought we could just shake the tree , as we do with ours at home , and they would just fall off . Oh no, no, no no ......
The Italians believe that you should harvest before they are ripe ,to get the best peppery flavour in the oil , so that means that the little buggers are very hard to get off, so ...
... but I must admit I was keeping an ear cocked for the sound of crumbling dirt !!!!
We wandered through the via , peering over the rims of stone fences and into windows to find nothing.. ...... sheer drops and clear sky .........where the gardens and buildings had just fallen off as the edge crumbles.
CBR is also famous as the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure ( known as "second in charge" after St Francis in founding ...
... many pilgrims and she seemed genuinely pleased to help one. She had actually walked the last 140kms to Rome as a teenager, and wanted me to say a prayer for her in Rome after a few difficult years in her private life.It may also of helped that she is a bit of an Anglophile, as evidenced by her frequent visits to the UK and the aforementioned choice of menu items.
I was already feeling quite pleased with how things have worked out for me in ...