We wrapped principal photography for the mini-series today on the banks of a small river outside of Orvieto. It was a very nice day. The sun was out, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the there was a cool breeze. If it wasn’t for ancient buildings being reclaimed by giant vines, a rolling river and fields of vineyards, I might have thought it was a winter day in Tucson.
After wrapping principal photography, Dan and I went out to a tile factory and one of the tunnels underneath Orvieto to film the last of the B-Roll. The tile factory was interesting in that they were firing their kiln the way the Romans did. The owner of the factory was going to be staying up for 50 hours in order to keep fueling the kiln with firewood.
Claudio then took Dan and I to one of the many caves that were carved into the soft tuffa rock that Orvieto sits on. Tunnel ages range from Etruscan to modern times. We were taken to one that was created by the Etruscans and heavily used for olive oil production during the Middle Ages. Parts of the mill still remain as well as the ancient Etruscan well in which someone had to climb down to retrieve the water. The hand carved hand/foot holes were an amazing sight.
After we wrapped completely, Dan and I went out to lunch at a restaurant called Charlie’s. I had a marinara pizza and a mixed salad. It was delicious. After lunch, I bid Dan a safe trip back home and headed back to my apartment for some much needed rest. I plan to stay in Orvieto for the weekend to catch up on sleep and head out on some exploratory day trips next week.
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