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Eli B wrote a review Apr 2014
Sydney, Australia3697 contributions3012 helpful votes
Umbria,for me,is where the influence of history and landscape impacts on the human character and behaviour. Three km from where we were settled for the night,is a reef-fringed southern shore of Trasimeno,the biggest lake on the Italian peninsula - softly luminous,brimming with light,responsive to the shift of weather too delicate for the eye to register. Stand here on a summer's day and look northward,beyond the three green islands of the lake,you can make out the pale shadow of the hills above Tuoro,hidden in the haze. Our day tour is rolling. the outfit have prepared us well with a briefing on everything including chaffed thighs. We roll off to the nearest town of Perugia,the province capital,where riding along the Corso Vannucci towards the cathedral,you see,on your left,the curving facade of the medieval Prior's Palace with its beautiful patterning of pink and white stone,its rows of lancet and mullioned windows. We break for a tour inside where the National gallery of Umbria contains what is arguably the greatest collection of Umbrian masters anywhere to be found. We take coffee at a lovely place outside and roll onto Piazza Raffaello where the church Of san Seveno is located which has a fresco in the shape of an arch,divided in two by a horizontal line,the upper is by Raphael,the lower by Perugino. Our next excursion ,which is great if you want to avoid cars for awhile, was to Isola Maggiore,the largest of the three islands in Lake Trasimento. The ferry goes from Passignano,and the crossing is short about 20 minutes,giving us time to make friendships with our fellow cycle-tourists. The village is known for its lace-making - delicate white webs are displayed on either side of the street. once this is left behind,there is silence and peace. Our path winds upwards to the island's highest point where we explored the church of Sant'Arcangelo. Simply wonderful excursion. We return to the mainland and home,already booking the next cycle tour of Greve in Chianti. My taste buds are percolating and a light salivation occurs at the prospect.
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Date of experience: July 2013
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