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Palmabella's Italy Itinerary '09: Part 2

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Monday, July 6: It is market day in Montefalco, so we will stop by the market to browse and see if there is anything we can't live without. Then we will visit the picturesque hilltop town of Spello. The charming residential streets of this lovely village are ablaze with flowers on the front porches of well-maintained homes.

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There are three Roman gates into the city, a beautiful central piazza, and of course we will visit Santa Maria Maggiore with its famous chapel (Capella Bella) with frescos by Pinturicchio.

We will have lunch at Il Molino, the restaurant of the Hotel Palazzo Bocci.

Later in the afternoon, after a rest at the inn, we will visit the central area of nearby Foligno for some upscale shopping. That night we will enjoy Umbrian food at the trattoria, Osteria del Teatro in Foligno.

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Tuesday, July 7: We will meet Maura at 10AM at the one of the portas of Bevagna for a tour of the city and a visit to the "4 Gaite." Here we will see workshops where they still follow the traditional medieval production of paper, lace, candles and a painter's workshop. After lunch at Osteria del Podesta, we'll return to the inn for some down time or a watercolor class. Dinner will be Umbrian specialties at Sparafucile in Foligno.

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Wednesday, July 8: Deruta is known worldwide for ceramics. We will begin our morning at 10AM with a tour of a ceramic workshop. Then there will of course, be time for SHOPPING! We will meet friends, Barbara and Art for lunch at the beautiful
L'Antico Forziere, outside of town. Their menu looks wonderful, and we can learn about these expats' experiences living in Umbria.

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That evening, we will return to the delightful piazza in Montefalco for dinner at Alchemista.

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Thursday, July 9: Spoleto! I am really looking forward to this day, as we have never been to Spoleto. We will meet our tour guide to see the sights in town, have a chance to explore on our own, then meet at the van for our spectacular lunch at Il Capanno.

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Friday, July 10: Our last day, and where better to end our adventure, but one f my favorite Umbrian towns, Orvieto. We will see the stunning duomo, and get a 20% discount from my buddies at two of the nicest ceramic shops.

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Saturday, July 11: We're all off to Rome. We are staying another 4 nights to relax, unwind, eat well, and explore one of our favorite cities. No tourist sights, no agenda, we'll play it by ear!

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Comments (9)

You are going to have such a wonderful trip. I hope you have a chance to blog. And I'm looking forward to seeing what new ceramics you find.

*Squeal* I lLOVE that platter! Gorgeous. Spoleto is wonderful, isn't it? Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Barb Cabot:

Palma, you and Brad have planned an absolutely wonderful itinerary for your first lucky group of travellers. I envy them for the treats you have in store. I hope you will keep us tuned in as you travel. What a perfect itinerary.

Nancy L:

Wonderful itinerary! I wish we were going with you!!!

Nancy

This looks like a fabulous itinerary (part 1 & 2). I can't wait to hear more about your time in Umbria. Two towns I have on my list are Montefalco and Bevagna. I enjoyed my short visit to Spoleto many years ago. I think you will enjoy this lovely little town. Too bad we won't cross paths while in Italy this summer.

sandrac:

I also hope you'll find some time to blog from Umbria, Palma. I'd love to hear about your adventures there!

Ann M:

Palma, the itinerary looks absolutely FANTASTIC! Scott and I are jealous and so sorry we won't be with you all.

sheri:

What a wonderful trip you have planned,Palma.Bet you will have people eagerly awaiting the 2010 Palmabella's Italy!

Both parts sound just great, you have done a really good job with the planning. I am sure the guests will be thrilled, and hopefully it will be wonderful for you too!

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