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Off to Perugia - 2 reasons, not that we needed any really, as Perugia is a stunning city in itself.
1. We had been summonsed by the Immigration Questura (Police) to attend yet another appt for our visa's.
2. Perugia is home to Perugino chocolates, maker of the famous "Baci" chocolate kiss.
If you want stay in Italy any longer than 3 months legally, you need a residency visa. As ...
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 ...
... bronze statues.
Amidst the usual gorgeous piazza, church, medieval alleyways there were many antique stores, lovely shops ,great restaurants, coffee and enoteca (wine bars).
However ,we were really taken with how "arty" Cortona is, great traditional galleries and also individual artists showing their modern work.
We met a lovely young ...
... olive experience ,We have decided that our 2 olive tress in Perth are not enough .We are going to expand production , rip out the lawn and plant a grove ....However, When we woke up the next day ,after the harvest with every muscles aching (including our head from a bit too much vino rosso),we decided to rethink that one ,and agreed that the Re store in Leederville do pretty good olives also !!
Ciao for now until the next festival -Ros n Noel xxx
... has been steel rod reinforcements placed into some of the most crumbly parts to halt the decline , but engineers estimate they need about €10million to reinforce the whole town,not likely to happen in cash strapped Italy.
I just hope they can do something as this village is like a tiny green jewel, suspended in time.