Thursday, July 12, 2012

AlphabeThursday - H is for Hill Country

In Italy, the term Hill Country is used to describe the area in the middle of the country, where vineyards are prevalent and you can get away from the big tourist cities.  My sister found the family a "villa" to rent along the border of the Tuscany and Umbria counties, overlooking Lake Trasimeno.



Many people will be familiar with the name of Tuscany, made famous by books and movies.  We used our four-bedroom house as a homebase, and took daytrips to some of the smaller cities in the area almost every day. Thank you, Jill and Stefana and brother Mitch, for being our tour guides.




Our first day out was to Cortona for a special visit to the Diocesan Museum (Museo Diocesano).


My sister picked this city to visit because she was especially interested in seeing the artwork by Fra Angelico.  I'm so glad we went - it was absolutely beautiful!  The following day we went to Siena, and at the end of the week, off to Florence.


On Wednesday, the family split up into two groups.  Some of us went to tour a winery in Montefalco while others (like me) stayed closer to the house.  Stefana's brother, Greg, is a marathon runner and we went out to look for places "close" to the house where he could run.  Right around 1 pm, everything closed down and didn't open again until 3.  So we took a walk around the town and along the shoreline.  Then we jumped in the car and headed up to the mountains.  We found some trail maps along the side of the road, which were helpful.

Italy has so many beautiful spots, it's hard to choose where to go.  I'm glad we decided to do some additional touring, after we left the Hill Country.  But our time spent there was well worth it.  
This post is linking with my friends at AlphabeThursday.  


18 comments:

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is a beautiful place!

Kim, USA

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

So gorgeous! My husband and I would looooove to get to Italy someday.

Jackie/Jake said...

Hopping over from Alphabe-Thursday.
I loved Italy when we visited and would love to go back.

Theresa said...

Wonderful! What an experience to rent in Italy!

Cathy Kennedy said...

What a heck of good job on these photos and post! I loved it!! ^.^

Hometowns USA

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

That first photo is gorgeous! Oh to live in a villa and look out upon that sight everyday!! Love the old building too -- and the way the brick shows through!

Naperville Now said...

I believe Cortona is where the author Frances Mayes lives. Hope you got a chance to enjoy that Tuscan sun.

Sue said...

Thanks for the mini-tour. I need to do the BIG one myself!

=)

anitamombanita said...

Tuscany oh Tuscany, I can hear you calling to me! :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for sharing! I would LOVE to go there! How wondrful that must have been!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What fun! I want to go with you guys next time....

xxoo,

RMW

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Every post you do on Italy makes me more and more jealous! What a beautiful country!

BeadedTail said...

Makes me want to go all over again! It's fun seeing your photos!

Erika said...

Beautiful H post! Like Sharla, the photos make me want to go.

Rose said...

The view in the first picture is so gorgeous! I can imagine how hard it is narrowing down where to go when you're there. Too many great options!

Aliferous Express said...

OMG! I so hope to go back to Italy one day. It's just amazing isn't it?!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Thanks for sharing your trip photos! Makes me want to go back... soon! Love the tie in to "H"... Seems like there would always be something new to explore in a country like Italy.

Jenny said...

Hooray! I love when I get to take a great mini tour while I'm still wearing my PJ's!

This was lovely!

Thank you for sharing Hill Country with us!

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