GELATO WARS on the sweet streets of Orvieto Orvieto is famous for many things: its iconic cathedral, Orvieto Classico wine, Etruscan pottery, and its funicular. Dig just a little deeper, though, and you’ll find a city at war. It’s aContinue reading... →
SAY CHEESE On our recent visit to Benano, Paul and I made a new friend — Alessandra. She’s looking forward to meeting our guests. She doesn’t speak a word of English, but that’s OK. I’ll give you a head start,Continue reading... →
EAT, PRAY, COOK Many thanks to our good friends Kris and Ellen for visiting Benano — and special thanks to Kris for writing this post about our visit with Chef Lorenzo at Ristorante Zeppelin in Orvieto: If I were toContinue reading... →
GRACE I felt my heart race in frustration as I slumped onto the green park bench. On one of the last days of our vacation, we had very little time to get down to Orvieto for lunch. While American restaurateursContinue reading... →
WAITING FOR THE BREAD TRUCK Every morning around 10:00, a white van pulls up to the parking area in Benano. The driver sounds his horn loud and long, then jumps out and runs around to swing open the van’s backContinue reading... →
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK Two and a half years out of a perfectly wonderful career at Procter & Gamble, I still find myself mildly unsettled without a real job description (let alone quarterly goals, success measures, and annual reviews)Continue reading... →
SHEEP… AND SORANO AND SOVANA I’m lucky to have company on this trip, and lucky to have friends who write blog posts. My friend Aileen contributed this: I’m not sure if it’s my love of yarn that makes me loveContinue reading... →
THE GREENGROCER COMES TO BENANO Sub-title I wish a truckload of fresh fruits and vegetables would pull up to our front door in Cincinnati every week. A note for our guests: this truck arrives on Thursdays around noon. The completeContinue reading... →
GREAT TO BE BACK IN ITALY. FREE FOR LUNCH? I brought a heavy load of supplies for Rocca di Benano’s 2012 rental season, so my (and everyone else’s) favorite driver Francis picked me up at the airport and drove meContinue reading... →
GELATO Sub-title Gelato makes a good day great, and the quest for the perfect gelato is a delightful hobby — or obsession. I didn’t plan my visit to Rome around gelato, but, come to think of it, that’s not aContinue reading... →
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