We had challenges with our Internet connections and couldn’t do this day justice, since it’s such a photogenic tour day.
At 10AM, Leonardo, our driver, is came to pick us up at the Villa in Ossaia (just south of Cortona on the edge of Tuscany) to go to Assisi in Umbria. So much to see there.
We will start in the town, see the Santa Chiara Cathedral, go to the Basilica of San Francesco and end up at the top of the hill at the Hermitage (Carceri), where St. Francis went to be alone. We were at this Carcieri two years ago in the rain and loved it. Should be sunny and 80 again.
Forgot a couple things we saw here in Assisi.
After Assisi, we head north to another hill town in Umbria – Gubbio. We wander the piazzas and the narrow byways, then have some coffee drinks -espresso and heated milk – at an outdoor cafe beneath the cathedral walls, overlooking the valley.
We go to dinner at the Borgo di Carpiano (another Jamie & Stephania McClennen connection) where we have been in 2013 and will be again this month.
The drive takes about 45 minutes, but it’s so circuitous and high on a ridge that first-timers are sure they are lost in time and space.
The last 2 miles of dirt road – actually much improved since our visit in 2013 – will bring thoughts that we are delusional.
But, immediately upon being greeted in front of the restored church building by Riccardo, we are treated to a tour of their ample outside and under glass veggie gardens.
We then take a stroll through the breathtaking entry hall, down through the kitchen and out to the terrace overlooking the infinity edge pool.
Drinks are ordered and served by Emmanuella , who has been here all 7 years and who will stay with us throughout our magnificent dinner upstairs.
Dinner at the Borgo is a treat, overseen by owners, Marlisa and Riccardo Parisi…seasoned restauranteurs, now innkeepers. Richardo will pair the wines with the food.
Driver Leonardo takes us back to the Villa – before midnight – that’s why Chip’s not driving the van this trip.