The Last Days of December

We ended the last two days of 2022 wandering around the hillside towns of Umbria. Nothing but peace and beauty, truffles, wine, stunning surroundings, and holiday cheer.

In Spoleto, we were welcomed by nuns into their Nazareth Hospitality House for the night. Old walls lined the city. Spoleto was unique in that it had an underground tunnel with moving walkways to get you quickly from one side of the town to the other, as well as multiple exits along the way to other points of interest. We found a 12th century cathedral with an amazing mosaic facade, gorgeous floors, frescoes all around, & an autographed letter from St. Francis to his brother (circa 1222!!).

In Montefalco, we relished our time talking with locals and walking around the circular town. Our B&B was hidden in the walls of the town, where the owner only spoke Italian and provided us with an amazing stay. We watched kids play soccer in the piazza while eating lunch. Dinner was in the town’s smallest restaurant.

We also visited Scacciadiavoli Winery, founded in 1884, to taste the famous Sagrantino varietal. The winery name means “to banish the devil” referring to an episode of exorcism in the 14th century. (The story tells of a young woman possessed by the devil who was made to drink some local red wine by an exorcist, banishing the demon.)

Our hearts and bellies were full as we headed back home for the new year to await beginning our final year of our adventure here in Italia!


Lindsay View All →

Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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