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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 ...
... train to the Assisi station, then a bus where we disembarked at the edge of town because the bus driver had picked up so many passengers we were squeezed in like sardines and it was quite uncomfortable. Phil read that Assisi has about 4 million tourists a year, and I could believe that as we walked the narrow streets, passing souvenir shop after souvenir shop. And cafes and osterios and ristorantes. You would never die of starvation here, nor want for a crucifix or a set ...
... 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.
... the outskirts.
Could I continue? Yes. But even though I love my bike, I'm glad to be jumping off and am looking forward to being a tourist, wandering around Rome with David.
What's next? The days of being able to do these epic trips are waning as the years roll by but I am seriously tempted by the idea of cycling next year from Paris to Moscow. Anyone interested? Chrissie x
... of the wine barrels and tasted one. Although it can only be so bad if there's wine which was very good. I just didn't feel the same passion or interest in the guide all though he was an owner just seemed less interested in showing us all the elements. The wine was good so it wasn't a totally bust! The unexpected surprise of the afternoon was the appetizers. A woman who we thought was the grandma broughts some apps. There was cheese, bread, salami and ...