I visited Orvieto in 2013, but, because of a train transfer error, I didn’t get nearly enough time to explore this charming medieval hill town in Umbria. During that short visit, I wandered the crowded streets of Orvieto.
Today, I decided to walk the ”anello della rupe” (ring of rock), a nature trail around the volcanic tufa base of the town. The weather was perfect. There were few people on the trail – or, in town for that matter.
I photographed landmarks along the way so I could find my way back to the apartment.
The door to my building.
There are five access points to the trail. I entered the trail at #5 and walked counter clockwise.
I love the design of these stairs – reduces standing water and you can ride a bicycle straight down the center!
And, my fascination with wells begins…
Did I mention the views?
I ran into a man picking fennel to go with his dinner before I made it to #4. I asked him if I could walk with him. We walked and talked (in italiano). He generously complimented me on my language skills.
I had to look up one word – sporcizia. It means ‘filth’. I was picking up errant pieces of trash along the trail and he was chuckling. I hadn’t planned on getting off the trail at #4, but, this gentleman wanted to show me the duomo (which I have seen before – it is stunning). I found out why he was chuckling when we entered the stairway to climb to the hilltop level – there was trash everywhere.
Graffiti is a world-wide phenomenon. “It’s OK to eat fish cause they don’t have any feelings.”
The gentleman and I said our goodbyes in the piazza. I took a quick look around.
Even the scaffolding doesn’t distract terribly.
Very few people in the piazza and surrounding streets.
A girl after my own heart.
The detail is unbelievable.
(This is one of my favorite photos from the entire trip.)
Because even in this beautiful piazza, there is laundry to be done.
Headed back down to #4 and saw this kid. I suspected he was up to no good.
Nice ramp for wheelchairs or stair-adverse leading back to the stairwell.
The walk continues from #4 to #3…
Wildflowers at the end of September.
Leaving the trail at #3.
I was dumped into a garden.
ragazze and ragazzi
The kids go to school on Saturdays, too.
Time for a glass of that Orvieto Classico!
Back to the trail…well, not exactly the trail. I started to follow a road.
It’s OK to walk on the piano keys.
The distinct bark of the sycamore tree.
Pull up a seat.
Fall is in the air.
Looks like a Christmas tree.
I hope the defibrillator never has to be used.
The water bottle on the step. We will talk about that in a future post!
Shutters. I want shutters.
This would make going to the dentist more pleasant.
Now, that’s a bus bench!
The pigeon has finished his beer.
A certain type of doorway that always intrigues me.
It was a wonderful day. Beautiful scenery. Friendly people.