Road Trip - Umbria

Trip Start Mar 31, 2012
Trip End Jul 22, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Umbria,
Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yesterday we went on our first road trip with our rental car in Umbria. On the recommendation from the owner of our apartment, Roberta, we visited a small hilltop town called Todi.

It was a scenic 45 minute drive through the Umbrian countryside which we really loved. We were totally relying on the trusty GPS to get us there. It certainly got us there but what it didn't do was direct us to the best parking spot and it wasn't long before we found ourselves inside the town walls on narrow cobbled one way streets totally unsure of where to turn next! First thing we did was a 3 point turn and a quick exit to outside of the town to the safety of a free parking zone for tourists.

The description of "hilltop" village is spot on! Think Mount Street, Perth - and I pushed the pram up 5 of these to get to the top. Certainly a great workout for my legs! (Shaun probably deserves more credit as he climbed it with Max on his shoulders). ;-)

Todi is only about 3,000 years old, pop. 17,000, home to medieval buildings and a pretty spectacular cathedral.
The piazza at Todi is supposed to be one of the most unique squares in Umbria. It was pretty quiet so Shaun and Max filled in a good half hour kicking the soccer ball around the square. And I sat and listened to two English tourists have a deep and meaningful about their relationship including the fact that he doesn't want to be forced into proposal to her. Poor girl looked miserable.

Was a good day trip and nice to see more of Italy, especially the countryside. So far Todi wins for best Gelato I've had so far. I need to sample more!

Still waiting for true spring weather in Italy - We have been told this week the sun is finally coming out to play - up to 28 degrees. Yay!

Ciao xo
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lesley on

i will write this comment again, as am just working out this blog thing Nicky. I have been checking my email daily to hear from you and thought it was strange there was nothing. Then i decided to check your blog and have missed out on so much!! Lovely to hear things are going SO well for you all, especially with the boys. Pics are great, and now i am on the scene of blogworld, will look forward to every one! Enjoy x

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