Our base for Tuscany

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Grand Hotel Ambasciatori Chianciano Terme
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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Monday, September 3, 2012

Map of Orvieto
 
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Sep 3: Today was our transfer day to Chianciano with our first visit to Orvieto during our transit. Orvieto is a hilltop town from the time of the Etruscans.     Thomas Aquinas taught here, and it was a major center of learning and commerce in the Middle Ages. Orvieto Cathedral is a 14th century Catholic church built with white and greenish-black marble with the interior of travertine limestone. The three-gabled facade with bas-reliefs, statuary, and mosaic are exceptional in design.
 
 
From Wiki.
Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to a civilization of ancient Italy in
the area corresponding roughly to
Tuscanywestern Umbria, and northern Latium. The ancient Romans called its creators the Tusci or Etrusci.[1] Their Roman name is the origin of the terms Tuscany, which refers to their heartland, and Etruria, which can refer to their wider region.In Attic Greek, the Etruscans were known as Τυρρηνοὶ (Tyrrhēnioi), earlier Tyrsenoi, from which the Romans derived the names Tyrrhēni (Etruscans), Tyrrhēnia (Etruria), and Mare Tyrrhēnum (Tyrrhenian Sea).[2]  The Etruscans called themselves Rasenna, which was syncopated
to Rasna or Raśna.[3]As distinguished by its unique language, this civilization endured from the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (ca. 700 BC)[4] until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.[4]   At its maximum extent, during the foundational period of Rome and the Roman kingdom, it flourished in three confederacies of cities: of Etruria, of the Po valley with the eastern Alps, and of Latium and Campania.[5]  Rome was founded within or adjacent to Etruscan territory, and there is considerable evidence that early Rome was dominated by Etruscans until the Romans sacked Veiiin 396 BC.
 
ORVIETO:

From orvietoitaly.com.
Orvieto
sits atop an isolated mesa, 1033 ft above sea-level and 640 ft above the surrounding plain, offering unparalleled views of the Umbrian countryside. The town is now completely pedestrianised and can be reached on the east by a funicular railway from the station, or by escalators and a lift elsewhere. The town is very picturesque, particularly now that it is traffic-free, both due to its magnificent position and also the unusually large number of fine 13 C houses and palaces that still exist in its streets.

Orvieto's chief glory is its duomo, the splendid cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was begun before 1285, perhaps by Arnolfo di Cambio, on the site of an older church, and from the 13C until the 16 C was enriched by the labours of a whole succession of great Italian painters and sculptors. The exterior is covered with black and white marble.


 

Our group took the fanicular from the bus stop to the upper level, then another bus took us to the flat crown of the village and cathedral where we were provided with some information about Orvieto, then given free time to explore on our own and to have lunch. The local white wine was very good, made from a blend of Grechetto and Trebbaiano grapes. It tastes like Chardonnay to me! 

From Wiki:Grechetto is commonly blended with ChardonnayMalvasiaTrebbiano and Verdello



Read more: http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/c.i.222/1/1348244123/tpod.html#ixzz27uAlsYdS 
 
 
 
 

  
 
   
 
 
 


  
 
 
 
 

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CHIANCIANO TERME:
Map of Tuscany

 
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Chianciano Terme (or spa) in the Italian region of Tuscany can trace its history back to the 5th century BC and the Etruscans. The curative power of Chianciano's water was well known since Roman times, and Horace visited this area on the advice of his physician in the first century BC. Chianciano has two distinct areas,, Chianciano Vecchia (ancient Chianciano) is located on a small hill, and Porta Rivellini is the Renaissance area and main gateway into the modern quarter of Terme and stretches towards old town. There are many hotels that caters to visitors of their therapeutic water for respiratory problems. 

Our group enjoyed welcome drinks with some appetizers at the hotel to meet our other travelers who arrived from their optional tour to Venice. Dinner at a local restaurant in old town.
I walked 12 miles today.
 
 
 
 

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