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