Hotel Villa Rosa Riviera
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As we were in Greece, then of course we had to look for Mount Olympus the home of the Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology. Yes, we found it, but it turns out that it is one of the tallest mountains in Greece and is a Ski resort. As we were travelling in early winter, maybe we would have a look at Mt Olympus from afar. Instead we found an archaeological site which was an ancient city called ...
... the National Art Gallery of Urbino, and Joy is doing a separate entry for this - she having spent almost six hours drooling over the building and its amazing art works. Even Michael's talents for turning a phrase blanched at the prospect of describing this to you!
As the day was so fine and sunny, and he had seen enough of the art, Michael decided to take a walk around the town, Literally around it, ...
... Raphael was born. Other than that Joy had an idea of only 4 paintings held in this gallery.
The Ducal Palace is an impressive building near the top of one of the hills in Urbino and was closed for the New Year celebrations, so we set off hoping it was going to be opened today, but not really being sure. As we rounded the corner of the buildings we realised the door was open.....so today's itinerary was possible.
There is an €8 entry ...
... Piazza has a great marble statue of Raphael, and Liam had to pay his respects of course, and then build his own little snowman (see the photos on face book) before trying his hand at tree hugging. Honestly, he seems to have more fun than we do sometimes!
We had an excellent lunch of local soup and wine in a cafe at the Piazza, and then back down the hill to the house where Raphael was born and first worked. This is mid 14th century, and though ...
... con lenticchie
Cinghiale stufato in terracotta
Patate al forno
"Fructus" Dossi Conero DOC cantina Conte Leopardi
Vino Spumante Brut Offida Passerine DOC cantina Colli Ripani
Sounded good and was only €45 each, not bad for new years Eve. The meal started at 9.30 pm and ...