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  • Nine Women in a Van! (part 1)

    May 31, 2016

    The Italian countryside with nine women in a van!  Nightmare or dream vacation?  Lucky for me, this tour turned out to be a dream vacation for me!  First, I found a comfortable, art filled, state of the art villa in a tiny village outside of Orvieto.  Villa Tripoli is located on beautiful acres of rolling hills with a private drive far from the road and other neighbors.  Except for the possibility of wild boar (just keep the gate closed when leaving, the owner prompted), privacy and an idyllic setting welcomed us. http://www.villatripoli.com


    A view from the garden

    A view from the garden


    This eclectic group of women, including a young Smith College student, thrown together for a week, were kind, considerate and accommodating with one another.  The tiny, winding roads in Italy can wreak havoc on stomachs and there were times when tummies in the way back of the van were churning, so measures were taken to move people around or get more air.  I heard no complaints and much appreciation for the daily activities I had planned.  We had some wonderful meals out and a couple of dinners at home after long days of exploring the area.  Simona of www.sagraincasa.com entertained us while feeding us a scrumptious meal made with things from her organic farm.  She paired the wines perfectly, too, as she is a sommelier as well as a chef!


    Dinner on the portico

    Dinner on the portico


    Dinner out at Locanda Rosatti http://www.locandarosati is always special.  Giampiero, the owner, invites not only outside guests to his table like our group, but also the people staying at the inn.  His chef, Nicola, is brilliant in the kitchen and Giampiero is the perfect host for this family style meal, making sure everyone feels welcomed and well fed!  The large plates of homemade pasta and local produce and meats just keep coming until we say “stop”!  Then, of course, there is the dessert, grappa and limoncello before we can leave for home.  It’s a true experience of Italian hospitality.


    Dinner with Giampiero

    Dinner with Giampiero


    We didn’t just eat and drink great wines on this trip.  There were many other experiences, too.  A trip to Deruta which will be featured in another blog; two very different wine tastings; shopping frenzies in Orvieto and beyond!  And did I mention Luigi, a local man who rents out cars and vans?  So, more to come as this was a very fulfilling travel adventure.



  • Spring 2011 Newsletter

    May 3, 2011

    Let’s travel “slowly” in Italy! by Cheryl Alexander Owner, Italian Excursion Italy and I have been fast friends for over fifteen years. My first trip there was a whirlwind for three weeks, stopping in all the major cities for a day, a week, a few days, having the most delicious time of my life. Three friends of mine, ... Read more
  • Winter 2009 Newsletter

    December 9, 2009

    Season Greetings to you all. Now is the time I begin to think about trips to Italy. for the new year. When I talk to people about this they get very excited, too. I keep running into folks who say I saw The Da Vinci Code or Under The Tuscan Sun or even Roman Holiday, which ... Read more
  • Fall 2009 Newsletter

    September 12, 2009

    It’s been more than twelve years since I first started vacationing in Italy. What was once an adventure in travel for me has become so much more. The little village of Bagnoregio, outside Orvieto in the tri-corner of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, has become a second home for me. I now make time to go ... Read more
  • Spring 2008 Newsletter

    March 16, 2008

    Italy in April!!! April is such a lovely time in Italy. It is a bit unpredictable weatherwise but as long as one brings clothing that can be layered or an umbrella then it is not a problem. Springtime may manifest itself with showers or just budding beauty. But the verdant freshness is evident everywhere one ... Read more
  • Fall 2007 Newsletter

    October 8, 2007

    One of the best reasons to travel to Italy repeatedly is that there are always new places to visit. It’s doubtful anyone could see every nook and cranny of this unbearably beautiful country. Two or three times a year I get the privilege of visiting there as well as sharing with a small group of ... Read more
  • May 2006 Newsletter

    May 20, 2006

    This year I spent most of May in my favorite spot in Italy, the northern Lazio area that just touches Tuscany and Umbria. I can visit all three regions in a matter of minutes during my stay, which makes for a bit of diversity and assures that I won’t tire of the area.   Spring was much ... Read more
  • March 2005 Newsletter

    March 14, 2005

    March in Italy is always a surprise. It can’t always decide if it’s still winter or should be blooming into spring. This March trip for me was a lovely surprise of early spring, bringing warm weather, sunshine, flowers and trees in bloom. Didn’t wear my winter coat once! The local folks in Bagnoregio, where I stayed, ... Read more
  • April 2004 Newsletter

    April 21, 2004

    Just returned from the northern Lazio countryside, which borders the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. It is a lush green agricultural area that soothes the soul, being so richly colored. Everywhere one turns there are rolling green hills, deep brown earth, or dirt hillsides dotted with caves, sheep, wild boar, and sometimes small herds of ... Read more