|A peek at our room in the palazzo|
|The palazzo exterior|
|The 1700 year old olive tree.|
We stopped first at a coffee shop and Jim and I split something Lodo called a 'bombe', which was a chocolate-cream filled donut. Totally sinful. Then we started our walk through the city and past the Roman walls to the location of the underground museum.
|The side of a church from the square where we stopped.|
|This fountain in the square is one of two still sources |
by the Roman aquaduct.
|Approaching the Roman gate|
|The Roman gate.|
|Remnant of the original pillars near the gate.|
|Remnant of the original Umbrian walls.|
|Above and below: decorations on the|
|The other fountain fed by the aquaduct. The|
terra cotta figures are a nativity display.
|This section of the fountain limestone has a clear impression|
of a nautilus.
|Remnants of a tower near where the |
underground area was discovered.
|View from the terrace of the entrance to the discovery.|
|Seen in the distance in the photo above, this was a convent|
built for Syrian refugees hundreds of years ago.
|Fog creeping up the hills|
Back on the bus, we stopped for lunch which was one of the best we have had in a trip filled with good meals. Tonight is our farewell dinner, which is normally a highlight, but Lodo alerted us that the lunch was going to be much tastier than the buffet at the hotel (he was right) and we tucked into an amazing variety of foods -- there were eight hot or cold appetizers and three main courses, and of course, all the wine we could drink. The restaurant was very busy and we ate at 1:30, a more normal lunch time for Italians.
We ran into rush hour traffic outside of Rome and the 1.5 hour trip took more like 2.5, leading Lodo to a level of desperation to keep us entertained -- he even sang us a traditional Italian song (he has quite a good voice.) Our hotel is on the sea -- Jim could hear the waves crashing all night -- but there is little else to recommend it besides a modern look, cleanliness, and proximity to the airport. The highlight of our farewell dinner was the arrival of Selena, Lodo's longtime girlfriend, who just passed her oral exam for her PhD in architecture. She was a delightful presence at dinner.