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Archive for 2014
A visit to this mind-bending “theatrical complex, with its adjoining sacred and profane “cities” which form a vast architectural allegory for the physical and existential journey through life, is a trip down a rabbit hole…
A visit to the Sant’Eutizio abbey in Umbria’s Nera RIver Valley and a reflection on faith and patience.
You can’t go home again, but somehow home finds away to tag along with you as you go on with your life. I’m in Umbria now, but my hometown still influences my tastes in art (and all else…)
The last time I went to Narni, I went specifically looking for magic. I didn’t find it in the town, but in the enchanting (enchanted?) countryside nearby. This time, I went to Narni simply looking for a fun time. And guess what: magic.
If your kids need a break from the art and culture of Umbria, take a day off and zipline through the Valnerina at one of these fun activity parks.
Is the Narni Underground worth a visit? Absolutely. But despite the charming story of its discovery, the pleasant surprise of the ancient chapel and its frescoes, and the admirable research that went into uncovering its secret uses, I was relieved to return to the light.
Say you want your children to bathe. Or do their homework. Or pick up their room. Or eat their broccoli. Well, I have the biggest carrot of them all to urge them along….
The streets and shops of Orvieto are sprinkled with quirky and whimsical wooden sculptures. There’s a story there…
In which a complete stranger comes forward to introduce me to a completely new corner of Umbria, and some of its treasures…part two.