Our first Palmabella's Italy Group in Umbria is July 1-10! Everything is planned and ready!
June 25: drive to San Diego after work for 6:30 AM flight tomorrow.
dinner with Shannon
June 26: SAN-ORD, ORD-FCO I plan to sleep on the plane from Chicago to Rome, arriving in Italy at 7:30 AM, where a driver will pick us up and bring us to Piazza Farnese.
June 27-28: Arrive in Rome 7:30 AM
We have two nights to relax in Rome by ourselves. We don't have big plans, just hanging out in central Rome, drinking coffee at Cafe San Eustachio, visiting a couple of our favorite wine bars, and a nice dinner out. We will be staying at Hotel Residenza Farnese, near Campo dei Fiori.
June 29-30: We will arrive at Genius Loci in Umbria, ahead of our guests to make sure everything is ready for their arrival and welcome to Palmabella's Italy. Jan and Les will join us on June 30.
July 1: Brad will do a Rome airport pick up for 4 more of our guests. They will have a chance to settle in, take a nap, have a glass of wine, and get ready for our "Welcome Dinner" at Redibis.
July 2: We will visit Brad's favorite town in Umbria: Montefalco. This is a lovely hilltop town in the Spoleto Valley. Its ancient walls surround picturesque cobbled streets, historic stone buildings, medieval towers, a museum and renaissance churches. Montefalco has a wonderful ceramic shop, many beautiful linen stores and great restaurants. It is known for its Sagrantino wines. After lunch, we will return to the inn to relax by the pool or nap. That evening, after our happy hour, we will head to the Michelin star restaurant, La Bastiglia, in Spello, for a fabulous dinner.
July 3: A morning guided tour in Assisi with our beautiful Italian tour guide, Maura. After seeing the amazing cultural sights and wandering the streets of Assisi for some shopping, we will meet for lunch at Trattoria Pallotta.
That evening, we will enjoy dinner on the terrace at my favorite Montefalco restaurant, Il Coccorone.
Meats are roasted over a huge open fire, and the lovely garden patio on a quiet side street takes you back in time.
July 4: We will celebrate the 4th of July Italian style! We will leave the inn at 9 AM, setting off for our full day in Cortona. Saturday is market day, so it is the perfect time for us to visit.
The porchetta truck will "cater" sandwiches for our 4th of July picnic in the park.
At 4PM, the cold prosecco and some antipasti will be waiting for our private reception at the lovely Villa Marsilli where we stayed in 2007.
Later, our "local celebrity", Alessandra will dine with us at the wonderful Osteria del Teatro, and finally we will return to Umbria.
July 5: After our long day in Cortona, we will have a restful Sunday at the inn. There will be a lovely wine and olive oil tasting of Genius Loci wines and oil with snacks, provided by our hosts, Michael, Mary and Maurizo. I'm sure there will be some who will want a dip in the inviting pool, or maybe we'll do a sunflower photo "field trip."
Judith is spending the day with us, and preparing a fabulous four course meal that evening. It will be great for our guests to have a chance to visit with "Judith of Umbria".
Part 2 tomorrow...