The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes – Marcel Proust
Instead of only looking back and reminiscing, sad I can’t travel right now, I’m looking forward, waiting, hoping, planning. I’m looking forward to the moment I can return to Orvieto and see my friends, my Italian famiglia. And forewarned is forearmed so I’m already expecting some things will be different. Shops may not have survived the pandemic, the older generation that previously lined the streets for passeggiata may be a little lighter. But as spring brings renewal and rebirth, I am looking forward to discovering new things, too.
The neighborhood leather shop, run by Federico Badia and wife Hannah, has closed up shop and is currently looking for a new home.
The restaurant next door to San Lodovico, where Adventures in Italy guests stay and create, has moved locations. I’m excited to visit Ristorante Il Giardino Da Giovanni, and order one of my favorite dishes in Orvieto.
Chef Lorenzo, who’s cooking class is always a highlight for our guests, has also closed up Zeppelin’s and moved all business to his farm, Casa Segreta. I’ve never been there but I have a feeling I will be heading there next trip.
While we’re still in this holding pattern of how soon and what will travel look like “when this is over” I’m planning my return with renewed gratitude and new eyes for discovery. I hope you’ll join me.
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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