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We spent a delightful, if cold, day visiting a few places with Cristina. We had a pretty drive to Civita.

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View from Civita

Cristina showed us an old escape route under the city. This view let us appreciate how narrow the city really is.

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We’re on one side and you can see the other through the tunnel.

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Soup was perfect for the day

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Bolsena fort

Next was Bolsena where the miracle leading to the building of the Duomo in Orvieto took place. The basilica San Cristina, below, is where the miracle happened.

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The church is actually three, each built at a different time.

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Inside San Cristina

After, we walked down to lake Bolsena for a coffee.

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Thank you Cristina for a beautiful day!!

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Wow! We had a wonderful new experience yesterday. It was a first for us and for Maurizio and Roberta who, for the first time, hosted a beer tasting/food pairing at their artisanal brewery Cento Litri.

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Maurizio introduced us to, and took us through, his beer making process.

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He ferments the must at different temperatures depending on the style of beer. In some, the yeast settles to the bottom and he removes it before drawing the must off. His beer is unfiltered, and develops the carbonation once in the bottle as it continues to ferment.

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His laboratory is spotless and gleaming.

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The house which sits above the brewery was hand made by Maurizio and his father-in-law. It took 7 years to complete, and is gorgeous. They just finished enclosing this porch, which is where we had our tasting/dinner.

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Maurizio prepares the beer. The sun continued to drop and the light fade.

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Antipasti with one kind of beer – a biondo. Roberta made the bread, and jam, and friends made the cheese and lardo. The rest of dinner was her wonderful creation.

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Gnocchi with mushrooms, and an American pale ale.

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The sun set, the moon followed, our happy selves reflected in the glass.

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Cinghiale, some of the best we’ve ever had, and look at that potato. Mama mia!

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Dessert beer?  Yes, my goodness, yes! It complemented the apple and fig tart so incredibly well.

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There we are enjoying the end of a delightful evening.

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The end. Thank you Maurizio, Roberta and Graziella!! What an incredible time you gave us.

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We went to the market to shop with Lorenzo prior to returning to his restaurant to cook.

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We got a kilo of these grown on the roots of a chestnut tree

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Weighing or fennel

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Never seen this guy selling at the market before

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Light reflecting off Palazzo Popolo windows

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I didn't get the stripe memo

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Zuppa!

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It was a rainy day, but we enjoyed a great day in the country going to Civita Bagnoregio.

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This is the second time in our 13 years traveling Italy that we have run into sheep on the road. For Kristi, a sheep rancher’s daughter, who trailed sheep in the Colorado mountains, this was sheer bliss. Fun for the rest of us too!!

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Climbing up to the village

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A view difficult to capture when the light is bright

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Flowers glorious in town as always

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And the surrounding countryside.

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One more visit to Civita this season!

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This is our Taste of Orvieto week, so it’s all about food. So a bit of a sampling. (http://www.adventuresinitaly.net/taste-orvieto.html)

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A lunch sampler at Folk Osteria

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Appetizers with Rita and Graziella at Bartolomei

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Tomaso from the gelateria next door delivers dessert

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Chocolate stuffed with three different gelatos

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The group with Rita, Graziella, and Tomaso

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Simona always does everything beautifully

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And gets everybody involved

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Glazed pear wrapped in ricotta and pancetta

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Lemon, limoncello, almond cake

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Missing Simona and Nick on this pic

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This is just a monumentally beautiful landscape with some pretty decent man made things thrown in!

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It has been mostly cloudy, giving us moody days. The sun has poked through on occasion, however, spotlighting things.

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From Kotor looking up the mountain behind

The defensive walls and forts above Kotor reflected in the water last night.
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Risan has some beautiful 2nd century Roman mosaics. Tiny, little, subtlety different colored stones. Gorgeous. And just incredible what the Romans accomplished in such far flung places of the world.
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We can see Perast from our apartment, but this view is from the water on a boat taking us to Madonna of the Rocks which occupies all of a small island in the bay.

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Madonna of the Rocks

Below views from the island.

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