Moaning and groaning after my birthday night in Rome, it was time to get up and moving for our travel day north to Umbria. It’s not that far, just an hour and a half or so, but just the logistics were nerve wracking. First of all, our driver didn’t speak English and we had to try to make him understand we wanted to be taken back to the airport and to the Dollar car rental agency. After talking on the phone to someone while driving through downtown Rome, he figured it out and delivered us safely – whew!
Rental car secured, a Peugot stick shift with no cruise control (not good for Wally’s knee), we were ready to navigate north. It was pretty easy to find the A1 north and it was light traffic that time of day, so no problems so far. Our exit was at Orvieto, then up into the countryside a bit to Griffin’s Resort.
Can I note here that I HIGHLY recommend that you take your GPS/Tom Tom device with you with Italy downloaded, or pay the extra at the rental car agency to rent one. Although there are signs everywhere, it gets confusing.
This is Orvieto perched up on a hill to the left of the A1. We took this shot our second day from a hill opposite Orvieto going towards Todi.
We had arrived at Griffin’s Resort… http://www.griffinslands.com/ It had looked nice online with a spectacular view, so we thought it would be a nice country escape after Rome.
A glass elevator lets you enjoy the view as you go upward…
The sitting area downstairs for guests to relax – quite an interesting painting for conversation…
The is the view from our old-fashioned type window that actually swung open and let me lean out – loved it!
We took a walk up the road to stretch our legs after the drive. There’s a charming little church just up the hill that is sadly abandoned. Rosemary and herbs were growing in the yard. There was also an abundance of herbs growing in the ditches. Griffin’s Resort has vineyards and olive orchards on the property and I couldn’t wait to sample their Orvieto white wine at dinner.
Sliced beef with rosemary and bay leaf… melt-in-you-mouth
Mauro provided excellent service and comraderie for our stay. He advised Wally about grappa as your after-dinner drink, took time to give us tips on where to visit the following days and what to avoid, and was a smiling, friendly face. He wouldn’t let me take his photo though…
Full of wonderful food and drink, it is time for bed so we can rest up for our day in Umbria tomorrow… Coming up, Todi and Orvieto.