We spent our morning seeing more of the lively city of Arezzo. Today was Saturday and there was a lot of action in the streets, including, but not limited to, an antiques market. Nice stuff, so it’s a good thing there is no room to spare in our luggage.
So many amazing things to discover. We left Orvieto early today, just us and the man sweeping the front steps of the Duomo were in the piazza. We took the bus to the funiculare, and then had a few minutes to take a look at St. Patrick’s Well. Orvieto needed a water source within its wallsContinue reading “Looking for answers in Arezzo”
While the legend of the bishop’s scout serving as a 12th c. advance taster for local wine actually applies to nearby Montefiascone, Orvieto Classico is the area wine that wins the three exclamations. As we did yesterday and today, mix it with the local truffle pasta and life is good.
Our first hill town on this trip – the lovely Orvieto. We left Rome via train this morning and arrived here in Umbria just in time for lunch. Getting from the train to the upper town, on top of an ancient volcanic rock, involved a funicular and a small bus.
Our dear friend Meg used to always say that every era had its share of bad taste, which was very reassuring and liberating, somehow, especially when shopping in antique stores. It is equally certain that no period in history is without its challenges, whether it’s looking for a wet nurse or fending off the enemyContinue reading “Every era has its challenges”
Yes, that is what we felt like today, back in Rome on what actually is a Roman holiday – Liberation Day, which marks the fall of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945.
Seeing Palermo through its churches is an interesting way to follow the history of some of its conquerors, Greek, Roman, Arabic, Norman, and Sicilian. We had a good run of them yesterday, ending with the most exquisite of them all.
How do the people of Palermo keep their history straight? Over 2,700 years ago, the Phoenicians started a settlement here which traded actively with Carthage. But then the Greeks of Siracusa tried to gain control of all of Sicily, which ended when both parties decided to join forces to defeat the Romans. The Greeks tookContinue reading “So many masters”
Sometimes you just have to ignore first impressions. We took the train today from Agrigento and thought ourselves very lucky to be able to depart as planned at 10:14 this morning. Last night we were told that a train strike would take place from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM. But today, the powers that beContinue reading “Welcome to Palermo”
Okay, the technology has improved. But you still have to give slave labor due credit for the incredible job it did carving those building blocks for the temples of the ancient Greeks. (Not half shabby for pure manual work.) We are in awe of them just as we are astonished by medieval cathedrals and theContinue reading “Not much has really changed”