The rain continued to pour in Orvieto for most of the day. However, I was determined to not allow it to confine me indoors. After my morning cappuccino, I headed down Corso Cavour to the far western portion of the city. This is the “original” Orvieto. All of the buildings in this section of the city were built during the medieval period or before. One of the smaller churches here completed construction in the year AD 1004.
Walking into this section of the city has a completely different feeling than the eastern sections which were completed more recently (comparatively). You can feel the presence of a millenia of lives lived. Some of the stones in this area were laid by artisans over 1,000 years ago and while this section of the city received an enormous renovation in the 17th and 18th centuries, you can still see and feel how the city used to be when city-states ruled the land.
After visiting the Medieval Quarter, I walked back to the battlements on the eastern side of the city. The moment I arrived at the eastern walls, the rain began to pour down in sheets and I stood beneath an archway looking out over the valley below. Clouds hung low in the sky, hugging the lush hills in the valley below. The fortress was nearly empty; the rain had flushed out most of the tourists. It was eerie and beautiful.
I headed back to the apartment after 30 minutes and joined my house-mates in a glass of wine and we chatted for a few hours. After hearing some of the stories from other people in the program, I feel pretty lucky with who I am living with. One is an Italian minor who works as a camp counselor and shares my love of James Bond/filmmaking and the other is an anarchist who is on a quest for hash chocolate and Cuban liqueur to ship home. Our conversations are interesting and comical.
Tomorrow is a day of location scouting with Dr. Soren bright and early so that means I’m turning in early for the night.
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