Postcards from Umbria

The first time we rented a villa was on a vacation we took with another couple to Positano, on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast. The view from this 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment...

Who doesn’t love a good “piccolo mondo” (“small world”) story? There are two sides to this one, so Paul and I will tell it together. He gets the italics. Fair enough,...

Construction?  What construction? Yeah, there’s been a dearth of construction-related news here. As the months and then years dragged on and our theoretically minor renovation project grew in scope and complexity,...

We landed yesterday morning in Rome and took the train to Orvieto, arriving just after 10:00 a.m.  I loved seeing our neighbors in Benano again, and my Italian teachers will be happy...

We had heard that our little village of Benano is featured in a fresco in Orvieto, but all we knew was that it was supposed to be in a building across...

Here are a few photos as the work to renovate the lower level of the house begins. Once we’re finished, we’ll have better access to the terrace, a new bedroom and...

According to local lore, the entire village once baked bread in the forno (oven) that now sits in disrepair in our ground floor.  The forno is no longer useable because of impossible-to-ignore...

As Jeff and I walked through Orvieto on our way to lunch yesterday, he noticed that several shop owners he knew – and who knew him – avoided eye contact.  They...