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Italy Recap #7: Orvieto

November 11, 2012

After our 6-day stay in the booming metropolis that is Milan, we headed for the country.  Orvieto is beautifully situated in the Italian countryside, about an hour northwest of Rome.  We stayed at Casa Selita, a working farm just outside of town (but within walking distance).  Breakfast was amazing and featured homemade olive oil and other fresh things from the farm.  The owners were SO hospitable, and we really had a wonderful stay.  Lilly especially enjoyed the cats that wandered the property and the cats painted on a few of the walls in our room.

We had our own little terrace to sit on after Lil fell asleep at night or while she napped.  Here’s where the weather *finally* cooled down to manageable temperatures, and we were so happy to not sweat as much.

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There was a slide on our path up to town.  Lil enjoyed it almost as much as she enjoyed climbing the stairs outside our room.

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We spent both of our days in Orvieto wandering the town.  It was a really sweet little town to just wander, popping into shops occasionally.  The large Duomo was also pretty darn impressive.

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There was an old car show on our first day in town.  It was really cool to see a bunch of old cars lined up outside the Duomo.

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Most of our pictures from Orvieto are either featuring the Duomo or cute cobblestone streets that we walked down.

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Of course we had to grab a photo with a boar’s head (the local specialty).  We saw a few of these guys in town and Lilly thought they were really cool.  She wanted to pet them, but the signs said no.

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Lil and Jason posed in front of St Patrick’s well:

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We decided not to climb down (& then back up) 200+ steps into the well.  It didn’t seem like a fun thing to do with a toddler strapped to your back.  Also, being below ground freaks me out a little.  Being high above ground also freaks me out a little.  Ground level is my best level. 🙂

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Have I mentioned how much Lilly enjoyed sitting on doorsteps in Italy?  Jason and I enjoyed a nice meal while Lil happily sat on these steps.  (We ate so early most nights that we tended to be the only patrons at restaurants.  This meant that a) I didn’t get hangry and b) we could let Lil wander a little without disturbing anyone else.  Win-win.)

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Lilly did a lot of walking in Orvieto.  By this time she was getting REALLY good at walking, and the not-so-busy town meant that there was enough open space to let her go without worrying about her getting trampled.  There were quite a few dogs and cats in town for her to chase/point at/pant at.  I think she really enjoyed our stay here, possibly because she had her daddy back full time again (no more conference!).

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She was *thrilled* about being allowed to go on her own.

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The scrunched up giggle face kills me.

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Lilly had also mastered gelato eating by this point in our adventures.  Once we realized that she wanted her own spoon to feed herself gelato, we got an extra spoon every time we stopped.  At first, she couldn’t get much on it, but by the end of the trip she was feeding herself lots and lots of yummy (often chocolate) gelato.

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It was an activity worthy of Lil’s deepest concentration.  She looks so serious.  And so big! (when did that happen?  where did my baby go?)

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Before we knew it, we were on the train on our way to Rome for the last leg of our trip.  Yay for family self-portraits using our reflection in the train window!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2012 11:51 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Your girl is so precious!

  2. November 12, 2012 1:45 am

    Oh I love Orvieto! My husband and I went there a few years back during our honeymoon. Thank you for sharing – brought back great memories!
    p.s. Your daughter is adorable!!! 🙂

  3. November 15, 2012 4:45 pm

    I really, really love the family portrait at the end. One of my favorite photos (ok, of myself, but let’s be real, that never happens anymore) is of me on a train in Spain. I just love train pictures! And now I’m feeling inspired for our next Metro trip in DC when we visit family.
    Lil is too cute. Thanks for sharing your travels – and helping me realize that it’s totally fine to visit another country, toddler in tow. Welcome to my plans for 2014!

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