Jane the Donkey

Beautiful view from Civita di Bagnoregio! (the crumbling city)

Beautiful view from Civita di Bagnoregio! (the crumbling city)

This week we went on an overnight field trip to Umbria.  Our first stop was the cute little town of Assisi where we visited the Basilica of St. Francis.  We then took a hike to Civita di Bagnoregio which is also known as the crumbling city because it is in constant danger of breaking off due to erosion.  It has the most beautiful views and is highly recommended by Rick Steves!

Off to Orvieto we go!! This was probably my favorite town we have been to so far.  It has wonderful food and service from my experience.  The hotel’s shower was amazing, complete with a shower curtain (which is not always the case in Italy).  We finally got to visit a vineyard and it lived up to all my expectations.  I felt like I was in a scene out of a movie surrounded by mountains and olive trees and of course grapes! (well what used to be grapes because it is winter) The vineyard is called Trebotti because it is run by the 3 Botti brothers.  It is an organic vineyard that uses no tractors or harmful pesticides.  They have a organic lawn mower (a.k.a. a donkey named Jane).  We found out the hard way that the donkey likes to bite! The vineyard is also focused on sustainability which I found very interesting because that is a huge part of my schooling as an interior designer.  I have loved learning about all the different businesses in Italy and how so many of them are all family owned.  The Italians really have figured out the way to live; long dinners, naps in the afternoon, 5 course meals, fresh food year round, and the list goes on.  I am hoping to bring at least some of these customs back to the U.S.

-Carly Hamlett