AGRITOURISM – Truffle Farm

The ridge between northern and southern Umbrian forests grows the magical black truffles famous in many Italian dishes.   On our hike to the ‘ecotourism’ Bartoli Farm, it begins to rain as fog rolls in and covers the mountains with mist. ( Patrico sul Monteluco,  agriturismobartoli@yahoo.it) The farm is a working farm and is available for dining tourists and Continue reading AGRITOURISM – Truffle Farm

Sacred Woods of Spoleto

“Andiamo, Let’s Go!”  Heading toward Spoleto, there is a mountain road that leads to “sacred woods”.  Old growth forest rewards you after many harrowing hairpin curves in a tour bus.  It is quiet.  Moss is growing on trees and the paths have wooden cross fences. It is raining lightly. Our guide was from Spoleto and has memories of Continue reading Sacred Woods of Spoleto

St. Francis Assisi Basilica

A protest against cutting ancient trees demonstrated by these stumps deposited in the Assisi main square. Our tour group gathered together for the walk down, down, down through Assisi from the Center Square to St. Francis’ Basilica. An African Franciscan monk was our guide in English.   The Basilica is two churches built on top of Continue reading St. Francis Assisi Basilica

Impact of St. Frances of Assisi

The St. Francis Hermitage on Mt. Sabatio houses five monks who live there year around.  There is art and sculptures in the monastery, and an outdoor ancient altar on a wooded path around the mountain. The Hermitage had narrow small short openings for doors to help keep it warm in the winter.  There was one dining area Continue reading Impact of St. Frances of Assisi

Gold in Mountains

Gold.  Flecks of light. Valuable. Fleeting. Reflection of value.  Mining minerals in the mountains of Colorado occurred throughout the 1800’s.  The miners brought their heritages with them and named the town Como, after Lake Como in Italy.  But there is only a small lake. “Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.” Exodus 30:15 NIV I have Continue reading Gold in Mountains