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Palazzone is a beautiful vineyard where they make wonderful wines. It was a spectacular day for our visit this week. The vines have soft new growth, vibrant in the afternoon sunlight. As always, an idyllic few hours

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A view of the countryside from Palazzone

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And another

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Orvieto in the distance

Yes, we did sample Palazzone’s wines!

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In and around Civita

We went to Civita yesterday. Such a place!

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But it is always good to get back to sweet Orvieto!

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Sue Spargo had things ready for the beginning of her workshop

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Those in Discover Orvieto head underground to Etruscan caves.

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This particular one has 20 years of an artist working on the walls.

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There are some medieval ceramics on display – below.

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And here we have a tunnel that connects different caves.

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New growth in the San Lodovico garden

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Sue's birthday!

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Beauty on the street

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About a dozen dishes for or dinner!

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A blissful end to a beautiful day.

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Around Orvieto

From the last few days.

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Discussing the upcoming election!

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Soft afternoon yesterday

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Coming home from dinner last night

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More Vicenza

Truly a nice city. Very walkable, and great scale. Palladio’s Basilica provides wonderful detail shots.

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One of the charms of Vicenza is the multiple courtyards visible from the street. Many are grand and impressive, but there are some small, cozy ones as well

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The city has abundant colonnades. Most aren’t as grand as Bologna’s, but they are a nice scale and provide shelter from the elements. The capitals are up close.

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Just north of our apartment, across one of Vicenza two rivers is Parco Querini. Beautiful and we’ll used.

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One last view of the city – a building whose colors caught my fancy.

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Palladio

La Rotonda is considered by most to be Palladio’s best building. It sits a few miles south of Vicenza, built as the home for Paolo Americo. It is a “villa-temple”, one of many Palladian UNESCO World Heritage sites in the areas. The interior was not open and the interior is a large part of the renown of the villa. Still, a nice place.

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It is just so incredible how different cities can be. And the newness and surprises of a new place delight. Palladio was from here. In fact his first workshop was in the building in which we are staying. There are some twenty buildings that he did, and his influence, as well of that of Venice, the dominant power of his time, is felt everywhere. Wonderful!

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The “Basilica”, so called by Palladio though not a church. He did the white skin which sits over a brick medieval building that was falling down at the time.

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Statues everywhere.

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Three Venetian lion.

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