Rainy day in Orvieto. It’s a wonderful contrast to the forecast back in Arizona. It’s supposed to reach 106°F on Monday in Tucson; it’ll be 68°F and rainy here in Orvieto.
The rain didn’t stop me from furthering my exploration of this impregnantable city resting on it’s foundation of volcanic tuff. Today I walked to the edges of the city and was greeting with an absolutely spectacular panoramic view of this part of Umbria. Pictures do not do it justice. I have taken several panoramic series that will have to wait until I get back to the States to process correctly.
Hopefully a few of these pictures will help illustrate the defensive design of the city. The walls are tiered with multiple vertical drops of about 50+ feet. The houses and shops butt directly against a precipice plummeting to the vineyards below. I ended up bringing my lunch of salami and walking back to that park to eat it underneath an enormous tree while the rain lightly pelted the ground around me.
I spent another hour walking around and exploring. The city itself is smaller than the campus of my university so it’s fairly easy to find your way around. However, the sporatic rain halted my plans of staying outdoors for the rest of the day. I retired to Caffe del Corso: my home away from home, my Cheers, my Cafe Nervosa.
I ordered a pizza and settled in for the evening. I could get used to this.
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