Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Post (card) from Orvieto!

It has been so very chilly here in the Sacramento Valley! Yikes we had a morning of 17 degrees and that is so cold for us! Good time to use some of our cozy quilts to keep warm!

Orvieto (Umbria Italy) was a fantastic place to rest up after our whirlwind tour of the "great cities" of Italy. I had found through reading reviews on Trip Advisor that a bed and breakfast "Casa Selita" was the place I wanted to be for 5 days of rest and relaxation.
View from the top of Orvieto the the Umbrian countryside
view from our balcony room
I even spent some time on applique!

Isn't this a dreamy bedroom!
While the train ride from Rome to Orvieto is only about 1 and 1/2 hours, it takes you light years from the hustle and bustle that is the big city. Perched high up on the "tufa" cliffs it is a wonder to behold.
Beautiful Orvieto

Orvieto is a charming and welcoming place.

Exploring
Good food, so much of it made with very local ingredients like this yuumy stuffed squash blossom!

Delicious!
a fantastic Duomo with incredible height of 300 feet. The details on every surface were just exquisite.

look at how small the people are!

jutting out from the sides of the Duomo!

The Eagle

the Lion

The black and white marble stripes
detail of spiral pillars

I was speechless at this workmanship


and a wonderful museum of Etruscan archaeology.




jewels!

 Fun shops filled with Deruta pottery and boar salami and olive oil and Orvieto Classico wines.

hand painted Madonnas and holy water fonts

Is that a Boar on your head sir?


This smile brought to you by Orvieto Classico :)

looking like the proper good Catholic boy he is.

Plus the countryside is rural and lovely filled with olive trees and row crops and the home of a very active "slow food" movement. We had two great farmer's market days and purchased picnic lunches of fruit and veggies and carved pork and even found a couple of clothing items in the pile of cast offs. Note that cute flowered scarf I am wearing above and the olive green wool Italian vest on Mike. Flea market finds! Italian style!


plums


bell peppers

peaches

the Saturday market


squash blossoms

Orvieto is also a progressive place in terms of education and the arts. Our bread and breakfast owners Selita and Enio send their daughter to the I Love it School Italian Language Institute which is located right in the heart of the elevated city.
One evening while we were at dinner seated at our favorite foodie find,

Osteria Con Cucina we went twice!

candle lit processional
 we witnessed an amazing site of a progression of about 2 dozen parishioners following this large Madonna down the street to the church where it usually is installed. We never did find out exactly what was happening but it was certainly wonderful to behold.

Orvieto is a special place. I would go back there in a heartbeat!

from the valley floor


4 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm putting this beautiful place on my list! Thanks!

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  2. I've bee to Naples, the Amalfi Coast; Positano, Sorrento and Veitri and spent a short time in Rome. This place looks marvelous. I'll have to put it on my list!

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  3. That looks amazing! Love how you said the scarf and vest were cast offs..... What a fun place to spend 5 days! Do you know Italian? Did you have any communication problems?

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  4. Wow! So many amazing and beautiful pictures. It looks wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing, and the tour of the sites.

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