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!


Harmony Hopes Studio said...

Oh how decadent from start to finish.

Gail P said...

I spent a day, not nearly long enough, in Orvieto last summer. It is a very special place and won a place in my heart forever. I'm green with envy.

daisy said...

So colour day. i expect to travel to there.

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