|Orvieto is built on plateau set on volcanic tuff cliffs above the plain. Unfortunately the cliffs have been crumbling and a|
lot of work needs to be done to shore it up. No one is jumping to take responsibility.
|The beautiful countryside visible off the walls of the city.|
Orvieto was once a major center of Etruscan civilization.
|The Duomo, the Cathedral of Orvieto|
begun in 1290
|The Creation, carved on the facade|
|The Plaza in front of the Cathedral|
|A detail of the beautifully carved columns on the facade.|
|Typical narrow "picolo" with hanging|
vines and plants
|The town was bustling with activity|
Naturally our visit took longer than expected and we found ourselves entering Naples at rush hour to pick up Walt and Honoree at a hotel a few blocks from the train station. This is a life threatening experience and I am NOT kidding. "Free for all" rather defines it, and at maximum available speed. It's the motor scooters that are the scariest. They come at you from every direction and fast. Thank goodness I've been here and in other crazy driving countries before. But it took both of us totally focused to make it there and out again. Later a guard at the base, upon being asked for a recommendation on where to have dinner, said, "It's dangerous to drive around here. You should take a taxi or tour bus." When he heard about our trip in and out of the city, he had no doubt about our ability to survive (anywhere).
We thought we had clear sailing once we were on the motorway (the base is about 20 minutes north) but came to a dead stop right after exiting. For the next hour we crept along the road all the way into the base, which is located inside an extinct volcano crater. It was their Halloween Party that night and every military family and Italian worker's on the bases families were coming. There were over two thousand attending. The cottages were turned into "trick or treat" houses with appropriate scary themes. Tents and BBQs were set up with food and tables. There was lots of entertainment for the kids. And the costumes were wonderful.
But after having some dinner and enjoying the show, we were exhausted and it looked like our home for the night was in the center of the party. When we couldn't find the number of our cabin, an officer ended our worries by pointing over to the other side of the crater - the dark side. "You're way over there." "Yes", we cried.
Like our previous cabin at Camp Darby in Pisa, it was log cabin with a front porch. It had only one bedroom however, a bunk bed was in the living/kitchen space, but if had loft. So Walt and Honoree moved their mattresses up there and had a cozy retreat to themselves. The kitchen, which we had been promised, was there but nothing to cook/eat with. The next day we were able to rent all of that cheaply so we had some nice meals at home the following week.
The next morning the beautiful view of the crater's rim all around was lit up with sunshine. The remains of the party were already cleared away and children were arriving for multiple soccer games. It's a beautiful spot with every kind of recreation facility including a golf course. We hiked up to the rim and around it that day and ate lunch at the golf course restaurant, watching football. It was a great relaxing day. Tomorrow we're off to drive the Amalfi Coast.
|Cured meats, especially those with boars meat are a|
|Who would think to build a house on|
an arch over the street - or was the
road built under?
|I can't resist these views...|
|I love these narrow streets. Well,|
obviously as I keep taking their
|Great costume and makeup, right? We|
were surprised by a huge Halloween party
at the Navy Recreation Base in Naples.
|I really loved Princess Leia center but all the kids had|
|The fire blower and juggler was a great favorite|
|Our cabin in the volcano|
|Wild cyclamens in the woods|
|That's the rim of the volcano crater above the cabins. It's|
further up than it looks!
|Our fire starter Honoree cooked steaks one night and|
another just lit it for atmosphere.
|Sitting out on the porch in the sunshine|