We always have a bottle of Orvieto white cooling in the wine fridge. And as visiting wineries was tops on our list of things to do while in Italy, learning that our villa was an easy drive from the town of Orvieto was most exciting.
On our first full day in Umbria , the 8 of us loaded into the van. I told you a little about our ride up the mountain. It did nothing to prepare us for the ride down. As we perched at the top of he "hill" , I tuned to the CP and said. "This is what Disneyworld is like, except there is no splash at the bottom". And so began our first descent on what we called "Mr Toads Wild Ride". Everyone wore their seat belt and we did not open the back windows just in case someone did not and we lost them.
The road to Orvieto was long and windy. And long. It ended at the base of a mountain where we purchased tickets for a tram, or funicolar. to take us partway up to catch a bus to the top
Once at the top we found a charming town. It is centuries old and still being lived in. Like all the hill towns in Italy that we visited, there was a public square, a church ,
and a bell tower. There were plenty of shops that catered to tourists. Here we were introduced to the beautiful pottery that we would see in shops every where we visited.
We stopped for lunch and chose to eat outside. In Orvieto we had the best pizza we have ever tasted. No where else we went in Italy was better.
Here is a picture of our waitress.
If the angle look a little off , consider that the CP is the photographer. This lovely woman was the first of many Italian ladies who made a fuss over him. He was kissed and pinched and hugged all over Italia. In this photo she is trying to convince him to give her a kiss. She was not successful, much to the chagrin of his great-uncle , the Captain, who is single, and was hoping.
We wound our way down twisty hills to the bus stop. Before boarding we took in a local museum at the request of the CP.
The bus took us as far as this fortress.
Which was probably built to protect this valley once upon a time.
This playground gave the CP a chance to work off some energy.
We took the funicolar back down to the parking lot.
Our day was not yet done.
Next-- we get chased from a castle and find the most beautiful place on earth.
There are more photos of Orvieto here. The detail and the colors on the church are worth a look.