Ciao Everyone! I must say I have certainly missed blogging the last couple of months, but my lesson plans and student teaching just has not allowed for it.
Isn’t it crazy to believe that 5 months ago today I was finishing my final packing to go to Italy. I would give ANYTHING to be packing for Italy again rather than studying for senior finals. For the past week I have been daydreaming of Orvieto.
Oh Orvieto, your are so quaint, so preserved, and most definitely underrated. This marvelous small town is located high above a valley on a hill made of volcanic rock. The mystery awaited me as I got off of the tour bus. I actually thought We had not arrived in Orvieto yet, but our tour director said “Andiamo.” Little did I know that we had to take a cable car to the top of a hill in order to get to the town, and that no cars or vehicles exist or are used in the quiet and peaceful town.
When I got to the top of the hill, I was amazed to find that I was in the middle of the town. Even more fascinating was the BEAUTIFUL cathedral that awaited me at the top. The picture does not do it justice. The cathedral is hand painted, crafted, and beautifully preserved.
After marveling at the cathedral, we decided to go into local shops. I have to say, the hospitality was so earnest and sincere. I talked to many small shop owners who lived in Orvieto. One was a man who owned a small lavender farm on the hill. He has a beautiful lavender shop where everything is homemade. I was not only impressed by his shop, but also by his kind personality.
The lavender accents added so much charm to this little town. While browsing through local shops we of course had to try a hole in the wall restaurante. An elderly lady was happy to feed us as soon as she opened her doors. Although she didn’t speak English, I must say she was oh so polite and had great hospitality. She cooked us a lovely lunch herself. I myself had a delicious spinach basil ravioli. I could taste just how fresh her spices and sauce was.
I would have loved to spend more than a couple of hours in Orvieto. I wanted to see more cobblestone flooring, breathtaking views from the top of the hill, and the oh so breathtaking cathedral. This town was just what I needed to unwind before going into the hustle and bustle of Rome. As I’m sitting her studying for finals I just want to smell more lavender, eat Italian home cooked ravioli, and get away from my busy schedule. Oh Orvieto, You’re Forever in My Mind.
CIAO FOR NOW,