“Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers. But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.” Isaiah 51:5-6 NASB
We met the Tour Director – Irene – with other members of the tour at the Rome airport. We boarded a bus to take us to Foligna and walked to Hotel Italia as the bus was not allowed into the central part of town. Our room was well appointed with an open window, but the shower was tiny for an American male.
Umbria is in the central part of Italy 2.5 hours northeast of Rome and is known for agriculture, culture associated with St. Francis of Assisi and culinary expertise. It has hills, mountains surrounding a valley and is home to olive groves, truffle hunters and wine production. The fields were full of wildflowers and ablaze with red poppies.
We walked around Foligna for an hour and saw the beautiful shop windows in the Old Town. There were churches, kissing bridges between buildings and winding streets with some of the new areas covered with street art. We are more than ready to begin the hiking vacation in this quiet beautiful area of Italy.
Where do you most like to vacation? Cities? Farmland? Small towns? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each location?