Friday, July 9, 2010
A typical day in Orvieto
I have just received this information from our hosts at Adventures in Italy about a typical day on our workshop in Orvieto - I am counting down the weeks (11)
You will awake to a peaceful quiet, perhaps punctuated by bells out in the city. Each room has its own bathroom in which to prepare for the day. Descend the stairs for breakfast in a room sporting 15th century frescoes. Cheese, fruit, cereal, coffee, bread – a Continental breakfast greets you.
From there it is to the classroom for a morning of exploration and learning. We might be in class or you might be out on an assignment, an excursion in which you explore a bit of the city. We will gather for lunch with any spouses and friends who have joined us on the trip, comparing notes on our morning. Good food is a given, whether we picnic with food we have bought or go to a very local restaurant.
We'll have a bit of quiet time after lunch. Some of us may nap, some explore the city, some might head to the garden to do a little sketching or journaling.
Then, later in the afternoon, we will head out on a cultural adventure, exploring the Italian way of life, the things that make Italy and Orvieto so intriguing and appealing. An olive oil and wine tasting in a space inhabited by Etruscans, a cooking class where we make pasta and other goodies, a visit to a vineyard where we get to sample local wines, a look at the incredible cathedral, or Etruscan history, or medieval architecture.
Sated with culture we'll enjoy one of Orvieto's many wonderful restaurants. Whether for pizza which is indescribably delectable, or a traditional multi-course meal, we will eat well. Then back to the quiet of our B&B, maybe grabbing a gelatto to enjoy along the way. Once tucked into your room back at the convent, you can peer up into the Italian sky, often dotted with a million stars and framed by ancient Medieval towers. Quiet descends and you'll likely have some of the best nights of slumber ever. Mmm, I'm looking forward to more tomorrow!