Umbria, Florence, Rome
15.06.2009 - 30.06.2009
Greetings! So once again the blog has fallen into disrepair. Continuing on from last time:
Upon arriving in Migliano (a very small hilltop village in Umbria – central Italy) we decided we should take a bit more time to take in the region and have a break from the constant travel so we extended our stay. In between lazy mornings reading books, expeditions to the local café, and our own attempts at Italian cooking we explored a number of the hilltop towns in the Umbria region. Visits usually encompassed checking out the local church, a visit to the museum or other historical bits and bobs, trying the local cuisine and of course preparing for the drive home with some Gelato. Settlements here date back some 2700 years…
With a massive network of excavated caves, some of which were used to farm pigeons
Maybe where we get the term Pigeon holes??
the best pasta we found - spinach and ricotta raviolli with a cream truffle sauce - Yummmmmy
Roman house and ampitheatre
We also made an excursion to FLORENCE
The view from our camp ground:
Back in Umbria and a bike ride on the bank of Lake Trasmino ended in a flat tyre for Helen and wasp stings for Ryan
After two great weeks in Umbria we got back on the road – ROME
first up was the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain:
The next day we took advantage of free admission (and a line to match!) to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine chapel and then St Peters
We also managed to catch a glimpse of the pope departing from the Vatican - he's behind the hand....
A quick stop at an Irish pub turned into a bit of a session as the final of the confederations cup between USA and Brasil was showing
. The result 3-2 to Brasil and us missing the last train.
This Gelataria had at least 100 flavours on offer!!
And a visit to the Colosseum and Roman Forum
After Rome we continued east and caught a ferry to Croatia, where we're counting down the days in our final week.