136 Photos - Sep 1, 2012
Photo: Sheep at Villa AureliPhoto: Ewe with her 2 lambsPhoto: Sheep at Villa AureliPhoto: Ewe and lambs, againPhoto: Looking at Villa Aureli from the bottom of the meadowPhoto: Villa Aurelli from the meadow;  that's 2 of the little balconies in our apartmentPhoto: Back to the ewe and her lambs; she had a tendency to stray from the rest of the flock and her lambs follow her everywhere (maybe her name is Mary!)Photo: Snack timePhoto: View from the bottom of the meadowPhoto: Rampant artichokes (or so Sperello claimed) next the grape vinesPhoto: Garden wall around Villa AureliPhoto: First set of gates from Villa AureliPhoto: Bench in courtyardPhoto: Table with sword in "drawing room" on the first floor (2nd floor for us)Photo: Doorway from drawing room, with stairs leading up to our apartmentPhoto: Breakfast at bar in village; cappucino and proscuitto sandwichesPhoto: FlorinePhoto: Houses and stores outside the villaPhoto: Looking down an alley on the road tin the villagePhoto: Village streetPhoto: Little churchPhoto: Irene outside the little churchPhoto: Plaque on little churchPhoto: House in villagePhoto: Petros in the A&O SupermarketPhoto: Irene in the A&O Supermarket; Florine checking out the fruit behind herPhoto: Successful grocery forayPhoto: Village street, on way back to Villa AureliPhoto: Shrine on wall of Villa AureliPhoto: Part of Villa Aureli, the last house on the road leading out of the village of Castel del Piano (or first house on the road if you were coming from the other way)Photo: Petros at the gate to the villa.  We usually pulled the car into the clearing on the other side of the road and waited for the gates to be unlocked and opened before driving in and parking under the trees.Photo: Here's the car, nicely tucked in under the trees inside the gated villa.Photo: Petros and Florine under the second set of gates on the villa groundsPhoto: Irene (with Florine heading towards the villa in the background)Photo: Villa AureliPhoto: Florine and Eco;  Eco dashed out of the gate and was hit by a car about 3 weeks before our arrival.  She had surgery and was healing nicely when we met her.  While we were there, neither she nor Pepe, the gardener's dog, made any attempts to leave the villa.Photo: Eco and FlorinePhoto: Roses in the courtyardPhoto: More roses in the courtyardPhoto: Courtyard, with patio table and chairs under the "internet" linden tree (in the past, this was the spot with the best wireless connection)Photo: Irene with La Contessa, Carla, Kat and Florine under the linden tree in the courtyardPhoto: Roses in apartment, a welcoming touch from CarlaPhoto: Back up at our apartment, looking out the balcony to the buildings beyond the fields.  Note the nicely matched "hood" ornaments on the balconies........Photo: View of the formal garden from the upstair balconyPhoto: Irene's camera has mega zoom.  It's not that clear but it has a watercolour-like quality to it.  This is the church bell in the next village.Photo: Tiles on roof in village home, shot from Villa AureliPhoto: Castel del Piano rooftops from Villa AureliPhoto: Eco in the courtyardPhoto: Linden flowers.  They were extremely fragrant and lasted for our entire stay at the villa.Photo: On the MiniMetro on the way in to PerugiaPhoto: Petros and Florine in the MiniMetro, a 3 km public urban transit route running from the train station to Pincetto station, set into the side of a hill in Perugia, where an elevator and a series of escalators lead to the medieval city centre.Photo: Pincetto station - last train is at 21:05.  The system shuts down at 9:30 pm - there's a constant hum from it that bothers people who live along the route.Photo: The escalators leading from the bottom of Pincetto stationPhoto: At the top, just outside Pincetto stationPhoto: View from Pincetto stationPhoto: View from Pincetto stationPhoto: View from Pincetto stationPhoto: At the Caffe di Perugia - train rides makes up hungry and thirstyPhoto: MenuPhoto: Studying the menu and the guide bookPhoto: The bar in Caffe de PerugiaPhoto: What we ended up ordering - a platter of a little of everythingPhoto: A sandwich and fries, and a faro saladPhoto: Out on the street in PerugiaPhoto: tea towel - it gave us an idea of the places of interest in UmbriaPhoto: Municipal policewomen.  The centre of Perugia is a restricted traffic zone with hefty fines for those caught (on camera) for driving without permits.Photo: Building next to the Priors' PalacePhoto: Looking down from a street in PerugiaPhoto: I wonder what we saw beyond the gateway...........Photo: Perugia streetPhoto: Building decoPhoto: Fontana Maggiore in the centre of IV Novenbre Square; the San Lorenzo Cathedral is behind it.  to the left is the Palazzo dei Priori.Photo: Fontana Maggiore and the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Looking down Corso Vanucci from the Great FountainPhoto: Buildings along Corso VanucciPhoto: On the street beside the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Fontana Maggiore and San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Florine, Kat and Irene in front of the Fontana MaggiorePhoto: Fontana MaggiorePhoto: Fontana Maggiore, the Great Fountain - read all about it!Photo: Part of the Great Fountain with the San Lorenzo Cathedral behind it.Photo: Northern facade of the Palazzo dei Priori; the balcony above the elegant loggia was used to make public announcements.Photo: Carabinieri - he was happy to pose with any tourist who asked.Photo: Irene, Italian cop and FlorinePhoto: Irene, Italian cop and FlorinePhoto: San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Palazzo dei Priori, on Corso Vannucci, houses the National Gallery of Umbria,Photo: A useful little guide book.Photo: Pulpit on the southern side of the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: PulpitPhoto: Bell tower on the Palazzo dei PrioriPhoto: Photo: Fontana Maggiore, Palazzo dei Priori in Piazza IV NovembrePhoto: Are we fixated on the Palazzo dei Priori or what!Photo: The beautifully embellished windows of the Palazzo dei PrioriPhoto: Irene with guidebook in hand; Petros looking serious and Kat pointing at something - probably the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Inside the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Stained glass windows in the San Lorenzo CathedralPhoto: Look at the awesome artwork on the ceilingPhoto: Ceiling above the altarPhoto: More of the same ceilingPhoto: Side aisle of the cathedral; late gothic in style and divided from the wider centre aisle by the massive octagonal pillars.  All three aisles are of equal height, which is apparently unusual.Photo: The panel depicts the Madonna and Child in Glory with the patron saints of Perugia (Herculanus, Constantius and Lawrence) and the patron of the Perugian confraternities (Dominic, Augustine and Francis) who commissioned it.  Above the panel is a stained glass window by Ludovico Caselli, the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (1919)Photo: Gilded neo-Gothic tabernacle (1855) on pillar just beyond entrance to the Cappella dello Spirito Santo, with highly venerated image of the Madonna delle Grazie, attributed to Giannicola di PaoloPhoto: Cappella del Gonfalone - the altarpiece painting depicts the Virgin and SS Herculanus and Joseph pleading for Perugia before the vengeful Christ.  It is the last recorded work of Berto di Giovanni and painted during an outbreak of plague.  Above the altarpiece is a panel by Giannicola de Paolo depicting the Risen Christ with SS Lawrence and Herculanus.Photo: One of the stained glass windows in San Lorenzo Cathedral.Photo: Piazza Danti, with Turreno (cinema and cafe) on left.Photo: Building on Via Volte della PacePhoto: Via Volte della Pace, near Corso Vannuci and the Piazza IV NovembrePhoto: Entrance to the Etruscan Well on Piazza DantiPhoto: We passed an Irish pub on the way to the well.Photo: Outside the entrance to the Pozzo EtruscoPhoto: Stii outside the entrance to the Pozzo Etrusco, which unfortunately was closed when we finally got there.Photo: PetrosPhoto: Wine bar on Via del SolePhoto: On our way to have a look at the Etruscan wallPhoto: View - north from Piazza Rossi Scotti, with the storm clouds overheadPhoto: View  East from Piazza Rossi Scotti - shot of eastern town wall built in the 13th centure up the Borgo San Antonio hill to accommodate the expanding Perugia.  The 13th century walls are only about a third as thick as the older Etruscan walls surrounding the inner city.Photo: Panaroma - north view from Piazza Rossi Scotti.  The church towards the centre of the photo is the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino which was built on the site where a community of Augustinian hermits resided in the 1250s.  The current structure dates from 1803.Photo: Bonsai in the university library, where we sought shelter when the rain blew in with a vengeance.Photo: Plant of the history of Italy - wall hanging in the library where we took shelter to wait out the storm.Photo: PetrosPhoto: Perugia buildingPhoto: Griffin, the symbol of PerugiaPhoto: In Il Caffe di Roma, for a little snack before leaving PerugiaPhoto: One of our little snacks - a banana sundaePhoto: Enjoying the sundaePhoto: MiniMetro map.  We parked in the big parking lot on the left and took the MiniMetro to the heart of old Perugia.Photo: MiniMetro tunnelPhoto: MiniMetro mini trainPhoto: MiniMetro track with station on the right of the photo.Photo: Sister Orca at the MiniMetro station where we had parked our carPhoto: Sister OrcaPhoto: Plaque with info on Sister OrcaPhoto: Rainbow - photo was taken from inside the carPhoto: Sunset