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Umbria and Tuscany (July 2008)  
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:23 PM

Our summer vacation for 2008 took us to Italy. Flights in and out of Pisa, two weeks in a fabulous 'agriturismo' overlooking Lake Trasimino and day trips to all of the best bits of Umbria and Tuscany!






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Pisa   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:44 PM

We landed early at Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, so took the opportunity to visit the Campo dei Miracoli before heading south to Umbria. That tower really does lean! Click here to view this Page



Il Torale   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:28 PM

Base camp for our trip was the fabulous Borgo Torale set amongst the olives overlooking Lake Trasimeno. Check out their website for the history and more photos. Click here to view this Page



Castiglione del Lago   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:29 PM

Castiglione occupies a fine position jutting out on a promintory into the Lago Trasimeno. Great wild boar ham from the local deli! Click here to view this Page



Isola Maggiore   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:44 PM

We took the boat from Passignano to the Isola Maggiore on Lago Trasimeno. We arrived at about quarter past twelve; unfortunately St Francis had left by 1211! Click here to view this Page



Casa Rovigliano   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:33 PM

Ash and family were staying about 30 miles up the road from us at Norman's Umbrian bolthole, Casa Rovigliano near Città di Castello. Very nice. Click here to view this Page



Siena   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:26 PM

Siena is a beautiful Tuscan city. We missed the Palio - the horserace around the fabulous Piazza del Campo - but the gelati still won first prize in our extensive tasting competition! Click here to view this Page



Assisi   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:24 PM

Assisi is the birthplace of St Francis, not far from Perugia. The frescos in the Basilica were fabulous, but remember "shhhh, silenzio"! Click here to view this Page



Cortona   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:25 PM

Another beautiful Tuscan hilltop-town ... is there a hilltop in Tuscany or Umbria that isn't crowned by a beautiful town? Click here to view this Page



Cascate delle Marmore   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:30 PM

At 165m, the Cascate delle Marmore near Terni are amongst the highest waterfalls in Europe. They were created by the Romans in 271 BC when they diverted the River Velino with the intention of draining marshlands to the south, without flooding Terni ... in our opinion, a missed opportunity! Click here to view this Page



Roma   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:27 PM

When we realised that the Cascate delle Marmore were more than half way to Rome, we decided on an unscheduled trip to the Forum. Click here to view this Page



Firenze   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:25 PM

Finding the station at Terontola wasn't as straightforward as we'd hoped, but we did catch our train ... just! The journey through the Tuscan countryside was fantastic and Florence was spectacular. Click here to view this Page



Firenze (parte due)   
Posted by Richard on Saturday 11th October 2008 at 01:06 AM

So much to see, so many photos to take! Click here to view this Page



Panicale & Paciano   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:36 PM

On our last full day, Laura and I abandoned the boys by the pool and headed south of lake Trasimino to the hill towns of Panicale and Paciano. Click here to view this Page



Lago Trasimeno   
Posted by Richard on Sunday 28th September 2008 at 07:48 PM

The area is most famous for Hannibal's victory over the Romans in the Battle of Lake Trasimene in 217 BC. (I think Rome may have gone through on away goals in the second leg). Click here to view this Page



Poolside at Il Torale   
Posted by Richard on Friday 10th October 2008 at 11:42 PM

With temperatures consistently in the mid-30s, the pool at Il Torale provided a welcome relief from the heat! Click here to view this Page


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