We leave soon, but will stop in my second favorite hill town, Orvieto, on the way. Not much to do in Ostia Antica but to visit the ancient Roman port, which we will do tomorrow. Oh, L’Oca, the goose contrada, won the Palio. From the photos, it looked like the Pantera horse lost its rider again! Oca won when we were in Sienna in 2007 and also two years ago. From the photos, it looked like an exciting race!
Well, we made it! We had a lovely lunch and lingered in Orvieto. I love returning to a place I’ve been to because I know where to park, where to turn, where to go, and don’t need a map. We had lunch at a place off the Corso called Trattoria da Carlo, and we met Carlo, the chef. I love how in Italian restaurants, the chef comes out to meet you and see if you like the food. I almost took a picture of my eggplant and tomato parmesan, but Richard doesn’t like pictures of food. Jack had never been to Orvieto, so when we approached the Duomo, he said, “Holy cow! It’s HUGE!” for such a small town. Actually, Orvieto is a lot bigger than Montepulciano. The first photos are of Orvieto, and the last three are from my morning goodbye walk in Montepulciano.