I Have a Dream…

May 5, 2015

“I have a dream…” – and I’ve had one for many years:  I’d like to share Umbria with a small group... View article

Vallo di Nera: Entering Another World

June 24, 2013

As you come out of the long tunnel connecting the North Umbrian Valley to the Nera River Valley, you've left civilization behind and entered another world: of wooded gorges, craggy limestone cliffs and medieval hill towns hanging precariously off stony outcrops. Most of these villages are now nearly abandoned: hardy farmers, resilient shepherds once took on the challenges of eking out a living here. They had little choice... read more...

Assisi’s Many Hidden Wonders

May 27, 2013

Assisians are excited about the new Pope, who has taken the name of San Francesco, patron saint of Italy... and will be here for la Festa di San Francesco on October 4, 2013! Assisi hotels now selling out and I am excited about the special tour I am offering on that day. Will we see the Pope? Hope so! You may be surprised to learn that Francesco is NOT the patron saint of Assisi: that honor goes to San Rufino, 3rd- c. Christian bishop and martyr, buried on the site of the Cathedral di San Rufino, 12th-c Romanesque wonder. read more...

A Montefalco Highlight, Suor Giovanna

April 20, 2013

Montefalco, noted for its fine Sagrantino wines, loom-woven linen textiles and the stunning Museo of San Francesco, hides many a secret as well. Suor Giovanna is one. She remains - for me - a Montefalco highlight. An Augustinian nun and follower of St. Clare of Montefalco, 14th- century medieval saint, she lives in cloister in the convent attached to the Church of St. Clare. read more...