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Rilassamento = Relaxation

2 Sep

No better way to relax than to head to one of Lake Trasimeno’s islands in Umbria. Yesterday, we took the ferry to Maggiore, the only inhabited one.

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Some of our group chose to relax inside the ferry,

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while Fernanda and I enjoyed the breeze on our faces.

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The calm ride offered beautiful views, and we arrived eager to explore the island.

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Maggiore is a small fishing village which reached its height in the 14th century. Today, I am told, only 17 residents inhabit the island year round. Most of the buildings date from the 14th century. We climbed to the top and saw these historic buildings along the way.

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It is on a path, beneath this Church, that St. Francis spent 40 days and nights in prayer.

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The church sits at the top of the island, nestled in olive groves, and provides lovely panoramic views.

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Afterward, we worked our way down the hill to the main and only street in this car-less town and enjoyed lunch and the view.

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Who is this man in so many of my photos??? I’ll have to ask Carrol.

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My favorite part was this delicious dessert!

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Then off to the dock to return home.

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On the trip back, the sun gave us lovely shadows of the town’s reflection

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as well as clouds dancing on the lake.

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Half an hour later, and very, very relaxed, were arrived back in Castiglione del Lago for the ride home. All in a day’s work!

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Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

Cortona above the fog!

22 Dec

One of the most beautiful things about Cortona is that it is situated on a hillside at an altitude of over 1600 feet. This elevation provides amazing views of the valley below, called the Valdichiana. Looking out from Piazza Garibaldi, you can see Camucia, the town at the base, as well as Lake Trasimeno, the historical scene of Hannibal’s’ ambush of the Roman army in 217 BC.

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Even on a cloudy day, the views are endless and incredible, but the winter views sent to me by my friend Pat were totally unexpected, and in her word, spectacular! My photos from last summer and Pat’s from last week were taken from the same vantage point, Piazza Garibaldi.

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As Pat explains, “It happens quite often in the winter.  Camucia is in thick fog, and as you drive up the hill to Cortona, you suddenly come out of it into a different world.  It’s like being in an airplane above the clouds. Spectacular!”

With gratitude to Pat for sharing, truly spectacular, indeed!

Ciao,

Judy

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