Andiamo a Roma via Orvieto

This morning we walked down to Poliziano to complete our morning ritual, making our goodbye tour on the way home. I picked some apricots from the garden for our breakfast (albicocche), and said hello to the Jack Russell terriers next door. We drove to Orvieto but first had to stop at the Italian thrift (junk) shop outside of Chiaciano Terme for Richard and  Ali. We drove the beautiful A1 highway to Orvieto and up to the top. Orvieto is a beautiful hilltown in Umbria on the way to Rome. It’s built up on a mesa of tufo, a kind of soft, volcanic stone. It has a glorious striped Duomo with glittering mosaics and bas reliefs of Old Testament stories, and twisting, mosaic encrusted columns. We had pizzas in the shade of the Corso, and then Sandra and I walked up to the Duomo to see the San Brizio frescoes by Lucca Signorelli. They are truly amazing. A kind guard helped to explain some of the frescoes to us.

Dante Alighieri, the great Italian poet

Dante Alighieri, the great Italian poet

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Damnation on the Last Judgment. I love the Botticelliesque woman being carried off by a demon.

The dead rise up on the last day

The dead rise up on the last daul town. 

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Il nostro giardino con il albero di albicocche (apricots).

Il nostro giardino con il albero di albicocche (apricots).

Ricardo in his element

Ricardo in his element

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About ssteven2

I'm a reader, writer, swimmer, and school librarian. I love my summers so I can travel.
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2 Responses to Andiamo a Roma via Orvieto

  1. jmkennon says:

    A delightful last day–I know you all are sad to be leaving, but what a fantastic trip you’ve had! Love the Jack Russells!

    Have a safe journey home–can’t wait to catch up with you! Jana

  2. ssteven2 says:

    Grazie mille for following the blog. Just landed in Dallas. Driving home to Austin tomorrow. Soon you will begin your buon viaggio. My Italian was not as strong this time. I needed more classes with Matteo.

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