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Culture

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 […]

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 […]

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La Vendemia (the harvest)

How many people fantasize about living in Italy and owning a vineyard?   Our house came with two rows of grape vines containing 55 plants.  I honestly had not thought that these vines would produce a significant amount of grapes to produce a significant amount of wine.  However, when I queried our caretaker about this […]