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We had a beautiful week with Tracie Huskamp. She led her group in creating beautiful journal pages, while a Discover Orvieto group explored other places. Here is some of the art from the group.

Italy Art Trips OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen there were the other activities.

Unloading grapes at the harvest

Unloading grapes at the harvest

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Just bottled Orvieto Classico at Palazzone

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Delicious food at the olive orchard

Visit to magical Civita

Visit to magical Civita

Incredible food every day!

Incredible food every day!

Sheer bliss! Thank you Tracie and to all who traveled with us this week!

Replacement Statue

The Duomo has received a new statue to project the original.

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The new one had been covered for several days after it was put in place. The band played, speeches were made, the police were there.

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And there it is.

Spectacular Day

Yesterday was glorious, from morning through to the evening.

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Earthly morning shadow of St. Andrea

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It stuns in every light

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And today is every bit as beautiful!

Back of the Duomo

Most people never get to the back side of the Duomo. It offers some nice views.

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And then we were witness to a wedding.

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This striking figure, who’ve I’ve seen before, was watching too.

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Caves

Orvieto has 1200 caves under its streets and houses. There are many places to see them. One is under Pasticerria Adriano. It covers 800 square meters on 4 different levels. An artrist has spent 30 years carving fantasy figures into the soft tuffa rock. It is very hard to capture this with a camera. Hopefully the following gives a sense.

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Above and below are two passageways created by the Etruscans in the 6-400 B.C. era. These were used to move around and connect cisterns that held water.

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Looking down into a cistern that's 20 feet deep. It was used for water.

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Another smaller cistern. They lined these with a waterproof paste made of lime and volcanic rock – the world first cement.

And below, some of the fantasy figures.

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Civita again

Our Discover Orvieto group went to Civita again yesterday. Just so many photo possibilities!

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Around Orvieto

What’s happening in the city?

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The dedication of the beautiful San Giovenale.

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A wedding at San Andrea with this fun Citroen covered with wedding/matrimony words of wisdom.

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Inside the Duomo on Sunday.

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At Palazzone

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Early morning light at Scarponni’s having coffee.

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