Knowing full well I will be hard pressed to get on the computer for the next few weeks while in Italy for our fall trips, I thought I would post while I am still stateside. I was giving thought to our newsletter that we send out ever couple months. And I was thinking about all the things I would like to write about and share with our subscribers. And the list grew quite long.
There are all the people we know and enjoy, most of whom are truly interesting people it has been a joy to come to know and be befriended by.
There’s Alberto who is the warmest guy you can imagine. He works in ceramics and his great love is the medieval period. He is one of the 2 main knights in Orvieto’s most important yearly celebration – Corpus Domini. He looks awesome in his medieval knight’s costume. Alberto gave us a behind the scenes tour of the over 400 costumes he helps take care of for the celebration.
- There’s the Scarponi family and their bar, pastry and sweet shop. Mother, father, son all working together to make some of Orvieto’s best sweets and our favorite place for coffee. Stefano, the son, cooked at the U.N. with an Italian delegation, and also cooked in England for a time.
- Or Tiziana and Massimo who make the most exquisite jewelry you can imagine. From Rome, trained as architects, they fell in love with Orvieto and bring a passion to their artwork that is palpable.
- Erika, the American ex-pat, who married and Italian, raised a family in Perugia and Orvieto. She used to have a store and the current tenant still displays her sign. Erika’s husband was, and her son is, an archeologist, so she has a wealth of knowledge about the Etruscans and history and art history.
- Suor Giovanna, who runs our convent B&B. She runs a tight ship, has a heart of gold, makes the best tiramisu and limoncella, and lasagna, and soup, and . . . Brought in by her superiors to shut down the convent, she has turned it into an amazing enterprise.
- There’s the mayor, and Pier Giorgio who runs CittaSlow, the Michelangeli family, Cristian and his family restaurant, Velia the TV chef and personality, and on and on.
Then there are the things that go on in Orvieto.
- The twice weekly market where everyone comes together and meets and gets their fresh goods.
- The passeggiata or traditional evening walk that takes place from about 5 until 8.
- There are the festivals like Corpus Domini, the Umbrian jazz festival in winter, or the Slow Food festival in the fall.
- There are the medieval fairs and vendors that set up periodically.
- Orvieto plays host to a surprising number of gatherings on all sorts of topics. For instance the annual conference of Open Office, a competitor to Microsoft Office, is taking place in Orvieto this year.
And of course there is the history, its impressive buildings, its agriculture. The list goes on and on. So I am looking forward to spending some time on this trip getting pictures and gathering information to go in future newsletters and this blog.