Lunch in Orvieto

Before the fall at the tower, we had stopped for lunch at Il Negozietto. Off the main route for tourists, this lovely shop seemed to be a favorite of the locals.  No English rotten or spoken.  Just great paninis!  We enjoyed two sandwiches, chips, and waters for under 10 euros.  In the tourist areas, the... Continue Reading →

No matter the view…watch your step!

Yes...the view from atop the tower is amazing, but you must not forget that there are steps!  I was so captivated be the beauty that I did not notice two steps.  The laws of gravity apply the same in Italy as they do in America!  The result....a visit to the local hospital where I discovered... Continue Reading →

View from top of Torro del Moro

The climb up 200+ steps to the top of the tower was exhausting! But so worth it.  I could see the entire town and surrounding countryside.  In fact, I was so captivated by the beauty that I forgot about the steps.  Watch the end of the video and read the next post to see what... Continue Reading →

Torre del Moro, Orvieto

This 45m-high (148-ft.) civic project from the late 13th century was built to keep on eye on Orvietan territory. In the 19th century it served as a main cistern for the city's new aqueduct system, then became the bell-ringing communal timekeeper when a mechanical clock was installed in 1876. You can clamber up for a... Continue Reading →

This is simply a stunning building. Not as grand as Notre Dame, but clearly from the same time period. The facade is so ornate with the images depicting the Bible carved into the front entry ways. This was doing because most people, unless they were clergy, could not read Latin; they could understand the carved... Continue Reading →

Orvieto Cathedral

The Cathedral of Orvieto is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. The building was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate and provide a suitable home for the Corporal of Bolsena, a miracle which is said to have occurred in 1263 in... Continue Reading →


This historic city is perched on a hill overlooking the Paglia River Valley.  It is filled with architecture, including towers, palaces, and Nobel houses, dating to the Roman period.  So much to see. Down every narrow road there are tiny shops and restaurants.  

Rome to Orvieto

The two hour drive from the Rome airport was filled with rolling hills, lush farmland, sheep, cattle, and horses.  Medieval villages were atop many of the hills.  

Students ready to help….

We received word last week that an elementary school in a town we will be biking through this coming week was destroyed by a recent flood. As always, NSDU students rallied together and collected a suitcase full of school supplies that they will present to the students and teachers later this week.

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