Hotel Villa Fiorita
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... journey. I've been asked a number of times to give an update of the distance I've covered since leaving Canterbury on 1st June. It is difficult to be precise because there are wide discrepancies between the various guidebooks I've seen, but it won't be too far wide of the mark to say I've completed more than 1400 kms, with a further 4-500kms still to go. One of my guidebooks says that I will have covered half of the Italian stage some time tomorrow. Strangely enough my thoughts are ...
Apologies for being so quiet of late. The reason is that I've been staying mostly in parish accommodation, which is inexpensive but gives no access to wi-fi. I'll try to do a bumper update edition before too long as there is lots to ...
... even though it was very run down. It had a series of courtyards around it with boys playing cards and football set ups. The second church (Basilica Santa Maria de Campagna) was much bigger and in the centre of town. From the outside it was quite simple but they have recently restored the interior paintings so they were v vibrant. We bumped into an old family friend of Franci's who is a volunteer tour guide there and kindly gave us some postcards and ...
... br> Alessandro also shared some of his dish with us, insisting I try it. It was porcini mushrooms cooked in 3 ways. All fresh (no dried) and tasting of the earth, they were amazing. Slices that had been crumbed and sauteed just about blew my mind as did those that were simply grilled with garlic. I am now insisting that we come back in Autumn one year so we can gorge on fresh porcini!
By this stage, of course, we were absolutely full but Alessandro would not hear of ...
... I'm not completely useless! After however many hours at the Birreria, we end in the wee hours with Francesco's cousin Alessandro and a couple of other friends in what was once the family pizzeria and gelateria. It burned down in 2007 and Alessandro refitted it but instead of the old school wood, it is now white and stainless steel. Francesco took me on a tour describing the series of 250L vats for gelato at different stages, ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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