Sant’Anatolia di Narco’s Treasures

June 24, 2013

Warmer weather prompted our first motorcycle "uscita" this year and what better destination than the panoramic Valnerina? Hanging on the mountainside in the Val Nerina, Sant' Anatolia di Narco is one of Umbria's many "hidden gems" and we headed there, curious to visit the new hemp museum, il Museo della Canapa. After a tour there with appassioned young custodian, Eva, we headed outside the medieval walls to explore the stunning 12th-c Benedictine abbey church on the banks of the Nera River. What treasures in this tiny mountain village! read more...

Pitigliano… Medieval Wonder and Jewish Heritage

January 8, 2013

Pitigliano, precariously perched on a lava rock precipice, is on the eastern side of Lake Bolsena in southern Tuscany. Like the town of Bolsena on the Latium side of the lake, medieval Pitigliano is built in volcanic stone. While Bolsena's lava stone is black/gray, Pitigliano's porous stone is yellowish. As we strolled through the town not long ago, I reflected on how the porous yellowed lava rock of this medieval hilltown reminded me of the grizzly and stubbly face of an old man, skin weathered by sun. read more...