|Our first glimpse of Orvieto amongst the Le Velette vines|
|Town of Orvieto|
One of the movies we watched before coming to Italy was Under the Tuscan Sun. It gave us a preview of what life in the Italian countryside might be like. But honestly, how do you imagine a week in a Umbrian country house on the grounds of a centuries old Italian vineyard? Add fourteen American women, the guest of honor celebrating her half century mark and throw in a farm yard cat and you've got a recipe for a very unforgettable experience.
It was fun to see each of the guests arrive. Ironically, we initially had a food shortage on our hands and it became quite a 5 - 6 hour ordeal. We couldn't find a grocery store, market or really any place to buy food. We started a collective pool of snack food sourced from our suitcases. It was a hodgepodge of chips, trail mix, nutella and candy. Luckily, we were staying on a vineyard so there would be no shortage of the vino all week (final bottle count matched Betsy's age).
|Funicular tracks up to the top of the hill|
|Ro and Gabi ready to ride the funicular|
As a collective group we ventured into the nearest hill town of Orvieto to check out our surroundings, find a restaurant to eat at and get some basics for breakfast the next morning. We took the funicular up to the town located at the top of a hill. The cathedral (duomo) was magnificent!
|Harvesting the grapes|
|Wine cave tour|
|Cecilia- isn't she cute!|
|The wine tasting experience|
|Olive oil press|
|Ro checking out the walls of a cave|
|Pigeon breeding holes|
|The Umbrian Villa|
Umbria was an enchanting area with so much history, character, ambiance and magic. Our nights were lit by a huge full moon. The last night of our stay there was a beautiful harvest moon shining red and low almost on the horizon and through a few clouds. Pictures could not do this moon justice it was truly spectacular and a wonderful way to wrap our week in this enchanting place. This will be a birthday experience to be remembered long after we all return home. Hopefully in another fifty years (when we all have gray hair and less teeth we'll all reminesce about our week under the beautiful Umbrian moon.
Live life with flavor and fun!