Ok, today we are concluding our tour of Italy by visiting a few Italian hill towns in the Umbria region!
Hopefully you aren't sick of seeing my trip photos, I promise that this is the last post I'll do!
I was in love with all of the beautiful architecture, shutters, and flower boxes. I could have spent forever just soaking up every last detail of these towns and villages!
I just loved this stone and brick archway, below! It made me think of a secret window that opened onto the Italian countryside!
No, this is not an alleyway, above. It is a street, a very narrow street!
And the large arched wooden door, below, is actually someone's garage door. How cool is that?
Visiting the medieval villages feels as if you are truly stepping into the past!
We had lunch at this pretty little restaurant, below. It was way out in the middle of no where, and the views of the countryside were amazing! I wish I'd thought to take photos of some of our meals. Here we had the best home made pasta with pesto, it was delish! How can food that is so simply prepared taste so incredible??!
Sorry for the poor photo quality below. I snapped this as we were driving along in the countryside. I just love the tall cypress trees, which are quintessential to the Italian countryside.
There was hardly a day that went by that we didn't visit an amazing church or two.
Here we are in the town of Spoleto, the most beautiful of the Umbrian hill towns.
Dating from the 12th century, the San Pietro church, below, was just gorgeous!
Words can't express just how beautiful it was inside. Notice the pretty mosaic floor?
There were several chapels inside, this one, below was my favorite.
More amazing painted and carved ceilings.
The colors were gorgeous!
A view of the town and surrounding hills.
Mysterious and romantic alleyways.
We stopped for lunch in the cutest little restaurant! With the checkered tablecloths, hanging bunches of garlic, and old family photos, I felt as if we were eating in an Italian relatives house!
While it feels so good to be home, I really do miss Italy, and think of our trip each day! We saw so many beautiful places, ate the best food, and met lots of warm and genuine people.
As they say, we have memories to last a lifetime!