Rome, Florence, Lucca and Umbria

    • Our cottage
    • The Fabrizi family house
      • Our hosts, the Fabrizi family, Grandsons Filippo and Gioacchino, and Nonna Maria (who cooks all the food), dogs Emma and Morgana and guest
      • They still use this old oven
      • Chapel near our cottage
      • Olives
      • Olives
      • Figs
      • Horse’s stable
      • Leo
      • Mini
      • Old harvester
      • Umbrian valley from Malvarina
      • Umbrian valley from Malvarina
      • Sunflowers are a big crop in Umbria
      • They raise all their own food, chickens
      • Geese and and ducks
      • Guinea Hens
      • Goats
      • Bees for Honey
      • Artichokes
        • Lavendar and rosemary grow to be big shrubs
        • Malvarina even generates its own electricity
        • Where we spent our afternoons
        • Norwegian Baby—Jonas
        • Breakfast each morning
        • Parking in Assisi, from there we walked downhill then back uphill
        • 10th century lion "kissing" and a man.
        • Assisi streets
          • Assisi fountain
          • Former temple of Minerva
          • Basilica of St. Francis built after his death
          • Basilica of St. Francis
          • Basilica of St. Francis Rose Window
          • In front, a major news announcement—Umbrian Olive Oil is the best!
          • Imagine wearing this in the summer in the 15th century!
          • Media frenzy
          • Umbrian valley from the basilica with exhibitors of Umbrian agriculture
          • Local bread
          • St. Chiara (Clare)
          • St. Chiara flying buttresses, added a century later
          • Rocca Maggiore, citadel that dates to the 12th century
          • St. Agatha Alley
          • Cattedrale San di Rufino in Assisi
          • La Fortezza, our favorite restaurant. Notice the 14th century vaulting
          • Deruta, a town know for its pottery