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To Roma via Orvieto

Our host, Claudio, gave Phil and Aaron a ride to the parking area to retrieve the van, then Aaron drove the van into Lucca to load for the next leg of our trip to Roma.

The morning began with a drizzle, but the rain held off throughout key points, such as loading luggage and our stopovers.

Around lunchtime, we stopped at a roadside station, opened up the table in the VW van and ate the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Salami we purchased yesterday in Florence – it was wonderful.

After refueling, we passed through the Chianti region, where we thought we might find a vineyard or wine tasting café. However, it rained during that portion of the drive, then cleared as we entered Umbria, where we came upon Orvieto, set high on a hill overlooking the highway we traveled. We unanimously decided to get off the beaten path to explore this interesting looking town, hoping to find a place to taste some wine.

Orvieto is a 1 kilometer wide city, so we parked in the first lot we could find, then walked around. We first asked for directions to a “Vin Café”, then slowly walked through the center of town, past several plazas until we reached the café – 3 hours before it opened for business. Bummer. However, the walk was worthwhile as the edge of the town provided a stunning view of the Umbria hillsides with foreground rooftop textures. Every alley was a photo opp and we were all glad we paused to take in the town. On the way out, we entered a large municipal building to use the facilities. Therein we stumbled across a crew of ladies stitching Renaissance costumes for an upcoming festival.

We arrived in Roma for a late supper, then hit the hay in preparation for our first full day in Roma.

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