We arrived in Orvieto a little after 10, and "set up camp" at the cafe in the piazza. This would be our gather place. After coffee or diet cokes (it was HOT), we visited the gorgeous duomo. As many times as I have been here, this is still a favorite of mine.
The mosaics depicting scenes from the Virgin Mary's life, glimmer in the sunlight, and the carvings and intricately woven mosaics in the stone work stun me each time I visit.
By 11:00, it was time for some serious ceramic shopping, so I brought all who were interested into my favorite ceramic shop, "Oggetti d' Arte Fravolini", right on the piazza del Duomo. He honored his promise of a 20% discount for my guests and for me. I purchased two lovely pieces that match my purchase from last year. The soup tureen and platter have my favorite sunflowers, poppies, and lemons.
After sending everyone off for some shopping, Brad and I had a whole hour free. We split the time. I shopped for thirty minutes and bought a wonderful photo book about Umbria. I enjoyed a quiet latte while viewing lovely Orvieto architecture and flowers.
Brad used his time to find a florist and buy me one perfect sunflower! What a sweetie!
I cancelled our lunch reservation as the restaurant was a little too far from the piazza for everyone to walk to. We had a relaxing lunch at L' Antica Piazzetta, then headed back to enjoy the last afternoon at the pool.