Our driver, Gianni, from Assisi (who we met in 2013) came to move us from Tuscany’s Villa Il Trebbio to Umbria’s Borgo di Carpiano. We decided to go by way of Sansepulcro, another medieval hill town in Umbria above Gubbio. It is the home of artist Piero della Francesca (1412-1491).
We take the Perugia road over into Umbria, then north past Gubbio into some rather nasty looking weather.
When we get to Sansepulcro, Gianni’s advice is to “ask a local for the best place to eat”. Luckily, our Patricia is an Italian speaker and spots a well-dressed woman as we are getting in the line for the Civic Museum. She gets the name of a place and now we can look more comfortably at the masters of art, knowing that we won’t miss a meal.
Here are some scenes of della Fransesca’s work in the main museum in Sansepulcro.
A “good museum”. Many famous and talented painters came from this town.
Now, time to head to lunch.
Time to find Gianni (and Craig’s car, too) and caravan to the Borgo. Remember, Nancy and I have been here in 2013 and we took Butch and Louise and the kids last week for dinner. So, the Boyds have never experienced this drive to the Borgo before. As good as they are at car travel, they arrived looking shell-shocked…no photos, please.
The real “heart” of the Borgo are the owners, Marilisa and Riccardo Parisi. They embrace our group with their comforting and lovingly restored place, a drink of wine, tea and some treats and the miles begin to melt away.
Understanding the Borgo is a process.
Riccardo takes us on a tour – only after we are finished our treats and are ready – including the kitchen and the outside views of the surrounding territory and the infinity edge pool. Then, to our rooms. There is Marilisa to explain everything.