We awoke to a gorgeous morning to explore the Umbrian countryside. The ancient city of Todi was our destination for the day, as well as Orvieto. But first, breakfast. Mauro fixed us up a fresh cup of coffee to our specifications and had a bountiful spread of meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruits and juices awaiting our selection. Their conservatory is a lovely place to eat and view the countryside.
Full, caffeinated and ready to go, we took the backroads through the countryside and the views were amazing as we wound through the hills.
The zoom lens brings it closer…Along the way were little vineyards and small communities perched along the road. After we got over the hills, the countryside leveled out a bit into rolling hills and bigger farm country. There were quite a few agritourism farm signs along the way where tourists can stay on the farms. As we got closer we could see Todi in the distance…
This is the Santa Maria della Consolazione church located at the foot of townWe drove up the hill and into the small town piazza where we found a parking spot just off the Piazza del Popolo. A statue of Garibaldi guided us to a panoramic view
The carving on the stone and wood was intricate and so beautiful
And then PIZZA! We are forever spoiled on Italian pizza. We haven’t found anything like it back at home yet. It’s their freshly made pizza dough, fresh toppings and the CHEESE. It just melts in your mouth. All those delicious flavors coming together in a soft and juicy food perfection.. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture and remembering…
Salute! After lunch (we couldn’t eat it all so took some with us for dinner), we stopped off in a little meat and wine shop just off the piazza. The proprietor spoke just enough English to be helpful and helped us pick out several local Umbrian red and white wines (just 3-4 Euro a bottle!) and a good grappa for Wally. Of course I couldn’t resist the local cheese either.
Time for the next destination of the day, Oriveto, so we drove out the cool stone gateway from Todi and got under way again. We stopped off to check out the weird looking lake beside the road and let the speedy person behind us go past. It was making me very nervous how fast Wally was driving on the windy road but he was having fun. He said he couldn’t let the grandma behind us talking on her phone and staying on our bumper show him up – jeesh! I was hanging to the door for dear life with my hand over my eyes. This was the Lago di Corbara (lake name).
An inviting alleyway…
Wow! This is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Assumption or the “Duomo” and it was built between the 13th to 17th centuries. Learn more about it at: http://www.inorvieto.it/en/visit/orvieto_s_duomo.html
Cafes and shops in the Duomo piazza – so humble compared to that massive zebra church! We had an espresso at a little cafe in front of it to try to revive me. I have to admit here that I was so tired that we didn’t go inside! We’ll have to go back and stop in again next time to see its famous paintings.
This unassuming little cafe and shops sit right next to the Duomo.
I needed to rest, so it was back to Griffin’s Resort for one of the local wines we had gotten in Todi by the pool for sunset. Their nice chaise beds by the pool are perfect for lounging with a glass of wine.