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Trip Report ((8))These Are Some of my Favorite Things((8)) - iamq and M in Umbria

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((8))Wild boar ragu over umbricelli, fresh strangozzi with truffles and fragrant porcini, flower petals transformed in art that made me sing, these are a few of my favorite things.((8))

I apologize to Mr Rogers and Mr.Hammerstein, but I had to get that out of my system.

We recently returned from 11 nights in Umbria and I am having a hard getting focused and centered enough to get started on this report. That song did it somehow. LOL.

I have been planning another trip to Italy ever since our week in Rome four years ago. It was our first trip to Italy and I fell in love. This trip was originally supposed to be a week in Emilia Romagna and a week in Venice, then I happened upon some old posts of mine from 2005 where I was all charged up about planning a trip to Tuscany or maybe Umbria and that got me thinking about Umbria again. To make a long, drawn-out thought process simple, I ended up sh*t canning the Emilia Romaga/Venice trip in favor of a trip to Umbria. We'd spend 10 to 12 nights in one location, rent a car and tour the countryside exploring the hill towns, getting lost, and eating the local food.

Where to stay? After researching here and other travel boards I settled upon the area of Spello, Bevagna, and Montefalco to stay in. It seemed like a central location, close to most of the places I had wanted to visit and lots of folks suggested it as a good place for first time Umbrian visitors to base themselves.

More research. I found a great country inn between Bevagna and Montefalco, It sure looked nice and gets great reviews. It has a pool and the rooms are air conditioned, .but we aren't really country inn sort of folks. We like renting independent villas or apartments and being independent.

More research. Countryside versus in town? We normally like to stay in towns or small villages where we can walk to restaurants and have services close by without having to get into a car all the time. That was settled. Now, which town?

More research. I found what looked like a fantastic apartment in the town of Spello, an apparently lovely town that many rave about. Very large. Nice deck and patio with a view of the Valle Umbra, and it had air conditioning with screens on the windows! That's a combination almost unheard of in an Umbrian hill town!

More research. When? I get summers off, so it would have to be then. The earlier the better. Then I discovered this thing called the Infiorata that happens in Spello every year. It appeared to be a flower festival of sorts where the town's streets and piazzas get decorated by artworks made from flowers. Maybe we should go while the festival was happening. Italians know how to throw a party. The Infiorata happens two months to the day after Easter, so this year it would the weekend of June 25 and 26. The timing was perfect, the apartment was available and the decision was made!

More research. We'd fly to Rome, pick up a rental car, drive to Orvieto, spend the night in Orvieto, as I have always wanted to see the Duomo there. Then we'd spend 10 more nights in Spello as our homebase.

I have been working on photos albums from the trip and have them themed and I thought I would organize the report that way. So I will have sections for:
Infiorata of Spello
Out and About
Bottega Vignoli

Post an email address if you'd like links to the photo albums.

Next up, the boring and mundane travel particulars.

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