A Small Gem in Orvieto

CicloStile is a very small shop (negozio) created by 3 talented craftspeople combining their 3 very different  artistic skills into an eclectic emporium in a small hidden piazza off Corso Cavour. This  innovative and imaginative concept is carried out by 3 like minded creative souls Massimo, Jade and Lidia and combines their 3 loves bicycle and cycle […]

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Our First Vintage

This year we returned to Italy earlier than usual.  That meant cooler temperatures and more wood burning fires in the evenings.  However, the briskness in the air  did not stop us from hosting family and friends and sharing the unveiling of our 2016 wine.  Even though it will benefit from two additional months in the […]

Città della Pieve

In addition to our desire to explore the many hill towns that surround the house there is always the crucial question – where do we stop for lunch (pranzo)?  We typically organize our excursions to encompass touring and exploration in the morning, followed by a lovely pranzo in some yet undiscovered trattoria, and then afterwards […]

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I Cipressi

Now that the renovation of the home has been completed, it is time to turn our attention to the exterior of the house.  At present it is a bit too austere for our tastes.  The former owner purchased the house in 2002 as a ruin.  There was no electricity until 2008 and he had to […]

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In Other Words

I have been on a quest to learn to speak Italian for more years than I care to say.  I have tried various methods – tutoring, adult education, on line learning, etc. but have always seemed to come up short.  When we travel to Italy I even switch out  the ‘chip’ in my U.S. cell phone […]