Too much travel, too little sightseeing

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Ostello Santa Monica (Florence)

Flag of Italy  , Umbria,
Monday, August 31, 2009

So today my plan was to go see another hill town called Civita di Bagnoregio. The bus schedule had changed since Rick Steves guide was published and they only had a 7:50 am bus and then the next one was at 12:45 pm. Well, I didn't want to get up to catch the early one, I wanted to be lazy and enjoy my private room for as long as I could. So I hung out in Orvieto for the morning, even though I’d already seen everything there was to see.

I went to get my "included breakfast", which was just a free croissant from the restaurant next door. Then I relaxed in my room for a while until it was time to pack up and leave. And then I did another lap around the town.

I was very happy to finally get on the bus and be headed to Civita. It was actually a really nice bus ride. It was great to see the countryside a little closer, and there were some amazing views of Orvieto and Civita from a distance.

The bus actually dropped me off in Bagnoregio, the town right next to Civita. And I had to get to the other side of Bagnoregio, where a pedestrian bridge led to Civita. It was either a mile walk or a 1 Euro bus ride, but there were no buses for another two hours. So I walked it. But it was a nice walk. The town was very pretty, and it was all level or downhill.

When I got to the end of town, there was an amazing viewpoint that overlooked Civita and the surrounding land. It’s hard to describe, just look at the picture to see how amazing it was. Then I got to walk over the bridge and up to the city itself. It was a very steep climb near the end. And the city was amazingly picturesque, with stone houses and stone lanes, with some flowers sprinkled here and there. I stopped at a restaurant to get some Bruschetta, like Rick Steves recommended, and it was very good.

There wasn’t much to do in Civita other than walk around and see the city. But it only took 5 minutes to walk across the city. But I had to wait to catch the bus back to Orvieto. So I took as much time as I could walking around every little corner. And then I walked back across the bridge and got some gelato.

I didn’t want to walk back to bus stop so I caught the shuttle bus this time. But I still had an hour to wait for the bus to come. So I just sat in a shady park next to the bus stop, and enjoyed the cool breeze. I was very thankful when the bus finally came, and it was another scenic ride back to Orvieto.

When we got to Orvieto I got off at the train station, and there was a train to Florence leaving in 15 minutes. And I was able to buy a ticket and get on the train. I was very thankful to not have to wait very long. I had done an awful lot of waiting around today, and not much sightseeing.

I used the 2.5 hour train ride to prepare some blogs. But there was also a beautiful sunset along the way. I arrived at Florence about 9 pm and took my bags straight the hostel.

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