One last day to enjoy Orvieto

The morning started slowly for all of us. We finished up Monday’s blog and then Jim prepared breakfast for us. He made eggs and mushrooms. Anne took care of toasting the newly baked bread. It was a fantastic meal.

After breakfast, Jim, Linda, and Dave took a walk on a trail below and around the town.  We started near where we took sunset pictures the other night and then walked around the “middle” base of the butte to where the funicular station is located. It was about a 1.6 mile walk with elevation changes of about 400 feet that took us about an hour to complete. It wasn’t extremely strenuous, but the pace had more to do with stopping to take pictures in multiple places. It was a nice walk.

Street scene in Orvieto
Street in Orvieto
Map of hiking trail around Orvieto – we entered at Ingresso 5 in the lower left and exited at the Piagge e fuicolare in the upper right which was about 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of about 400 ft.
View from trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
Linda and Jim hiking on trail around Orvieto
Dave & Linda on trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
Linda and Dave on trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
Jim and Dave on trail around Orvieta
View from trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto
View from trail around Orvieto toward the train station in the middle of the picture
Funicolare ascending to Orvieto

After the walk, we decided it was important to stop and have an adult beverage (a well-known Gateway tradition). We visited the Tennis Bar which is next to the funicular station. Linda and Jim each had a beer and Dave went with an Aperol Spritz. We got an aperitivo of potato chips and two kinds of cheese puffs.

Our reward for our hike (Gateway people understand this))

We then walked home a spent a little time visiting.

Jim and Dave walking back to the apartment. Note the snowflake light. It seems they can’t wait to put up Christmas decorations any better than we can.
It seems we need to come back in December to confirm “Does Santa Claus exist? … YES!!!”

Jim got a call from their friend and landlord, Pasquale, about getting together to discuss something he is helping them with and he wanted to meet us, as well. Linda and Dave went with them and spent about a half-hour talking with Pasquale. Pasquale invited us to see the cave under the home which they use as a wine cellar (they only use the first level of the caves). It was very cool (figuratively and literally). He then showed us the rest of the family space we were in. He was a gracious host and we were very happy we got to meet him.

Part of the wine cellar in the caves below the house Jim and Anne live in.
Pasquale explaining to us how they remodeled the caves and the desire to have a more Tuscan approach where things are not in a line and protrude from the wall. Unlike the “straight” walls built by Orvietans.
Wine cellar in caves of house Jim and Anne live in.
This glass circle in the floor in the family space we were in is open to the caves below the house.
Pasquale, Jim & Anne’s “landlord” and friend. In case you couldn’t tell that Pasquale is Italian, we thought we’d show how well he can speak with his hands.

After Jim and Anne finished their meeting with Pasquale, we left for an appointment Anne had and the rest of us went to the Blue Bar. Anne met us there and she, Linda, and Dave left to go back to a leather shop we saw yesterday. Linda and Anne each got a leather bracelet at the shop. We then headed back to the Blue Bar. After staying about one and one-half hours, it was easy to see why they find the bar enjoyable. It was less crowded than the other night and the people that were there were all very nice to be with. Anthony, the owner, treated us like family. We also got to see Phillip again. Jim told us that Phillip used to be a very highly sought-after fashioner designer. Well, before we left, we heard both Anthony and Phillip sing. 

Anthony signing to customers
Phillip singing to us
Blue Bar – A gift from Anthony for us to remember him by

We then went back to Tavern Engel Keller where we had dinner the other night. This time we each had the pork shank (Dave and Linda shared one and Anne took half of hers home; Dave wishes he had his own, but half was probably better for him). We also had salad with the meal.

Tavern Engel Keller – Salads
Tavern Engel Keller – Stinco, pronounced “Steeko”, pork shank

It was then time to head home and get ready for bed. Tomorrow’s departure for Siena was going to be an early one. The train leaves at 8:20, so we’ll need to be moving by 6:30 and out the door by 7:15.

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