Sovana Hotel & Resort
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... in Florence. It was great to see all of the castles, ruins, and other awesome structures and hilltop towns as crusied up the freeway. We turned off at Orvieti, which was a convenient location to get off the freeway and start hitting some backroads. We saw an amazing town perched up on a hilltop (it turned out to be Orvieti proper), and were excited to pass near it on our way into Tuscany (technically we were still in Umbria). Italian roadsigns ...
... tourist area. It was so light and tasty! Our last night we went to the popular restaurant in a cave. The food and wine were so good that when Karen took a bite of the chocolate desert, she couldn't help but laugh. Ridiculously delicious!!
From the wonderful people, the great food and meandering in Etruscan ruins, this city will always have a special place in our hearts.
Until we meet ...
... kind of beautiful Orvieto lace. It was a wonderful morning and we enjoyed eating the fruits of our labor!
Later in the afternoon, we headed out to the countryside and visited Victoria's house in the next town over. It is situated on a hill overlooking Orvieto to one side and the beautiful Umbrian hills and valleys to the other. We walked among the vineyards and enjoyed seeing the signs of spring along the road.
Celebrating San Giuseppe (Patron Saint of Orvieto) is a big event here in town. Celebrations go on all week end. Thursday night it begins in the Duomo with a service and then a parade down to the republica where the band plays.
We didn't know it was happening this weekend and yesterday we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves smack dab in the middle ...
For all you foodies out there, you haven't tasted a meatball until you've eaten one at iL Grottino in Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy. Victoria, an American who lives in Orvieto, offered to take us for a drive out in the countryside. She drove us out to see Lake Bolsena and then to a lovely hill town called Pitigliano. On our way to Pitigliano, we stopped for a walk at the ...