For the first time since I took over, Adventures in Italy hosted husbands as well as wives. It’s always been an option, but no takers until this week. The women (not being sexist, it’s just a fact) participate in the art portion of the week. I was thrilled to welcome Sue Spargo and a group of nine women to stitch. Three husbands joined us, and they had activities of their own.
Our first morning we headed to the Labirinto di Adriano where Lucianna guided us through the underground caves, cisterns, and wine cellars. Orvieto has 1200 caves, many of them, like this one, are private. Tours can only be arranged with the owner in advance.
We met Francesco for a marvelous tour of the mosaic floor found beneath Sant’Andrea Church. Excavation here can be traced back 3000 years.
Different day, different guide. Cristina took us to the necropolis, tombs used by the Etruscans where family names can be seen carved into the stone. Much has been learned about the Etruscans from the necropolis.
We finished off the week with a wine and cheese tasting at Gastronomia Aronne. Graziella and Cristian paired the wines and cheeses so beautifully.
The men of course also joined in the rest of the cultural activities; tour of the Duomo, olive oil and wine pairing, cooking class and vineyard visit.
Discover Orvieto is available during any enrichment week, open to men and women!
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Michelle Logue leads cultural and creative adventures in Orvieto, Italy. With a mandate to provide "travel that transforms", Adventures in Italy gives guests an immersive experience. After more than 15 years of return trips, Orvieto has become a welcoming home base surpassing the typical Italian vacation.
Adventures in Italy operates trips in May and September, with two options: Artistic Enrichment nurtures creative expression, while Discover Orvieto invites visitors to focus on the history and culture of Orvieto and live as locals. Find out more about tours and special offers by following Adventures in Italy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit www.adventuresinitaly.ca
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I so enjoyed the Discover Orvieto portion of this trip. Hard to imagine that we can actually see evidence of Orvieto’s history going back 3000+ years to the Etruscans underground…and see today’s world above ground. Orvieto is an amazingly beautiful, mysterious place with ancient cobbled streets and buildings supporting life in 2019!! Pure delight!
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