|Assisi to Trevi (55 kms)
Slept better than I thought, considering the location on
the popular Piazza del Commune. It was funny
lying in bed around 11pm listening to an Italian boy below our window telling some
English/Australian/American girl (take your pick) 'I love you'!
Went for a coffee around 9am, and then walked up to
the Rocca Maggiore. Stupendous views from the
various towers and battlements. Spent a good 2 hours just soaking up the sun and
the scenery. It was a beautiful morning. Clear blue sky and not humid like
yesterday had been. A gang of workers were busy on the stonework up there, replacing,
cementing and that sort of thing. We then noticed that all these workers were
female, apart from one. While they were on the scaffolding, he stayed firmly on the
ground in the shade, either talking on his mobile phone, or passing buckets of tools up to
them via a block and tackle they had rigged up. Equality!
We finally left Assisi
around 1pm on the Spello road, but turned off for Cannara, stopping in the same cafe on
the bridge as last year, then on to Bevagna. This
time we had more of a look around the old town, and a very pretty place it is. The
river running through it, which at one time presumably fed water wheels judging by the
sluices, was particularly nice, covered in blossom from the Acacia trees which grew on its
banks. From Bevagna, we took a different route to
last year (more direct) for Montefalco, via Montepennino. A long steepish climb
this, and the sun was now baking us nicely. We were both looking forward to another
excellent ice-cream like we had there last year, but - Disaster! The shop had
changed hands, the ice-cream cabinet had gone, and all they had were the usual
iced-lollies. Not to be deterred, I had three!
After a quick ride up through the gates to the old
town, we descended, heading for Trevi, via Madonna del
Stella and San Luca (a pretty little village). The views of Trevi, clinging to the hillside were very impressive as we
approached from San Luca. The climb up to Trevi
is a good steady gradient, but it was hot, and we were both glad to reach the top.
I'd been feeling a little nauseous on and off or the last couple of days, and was praying
I wasn't coming down with something nasty!
We booked into what seemed to be the town's one hotel
up in the old town proper, the Il Terziere hotel/restaurant. After a cold beer and a
litre of water in the garden we showered and changed. Views from the hotel window
were superb, it's at the highest spot in the town, and we sat on the balcony, watching a
chap cutting the grass in his 'orchard' with a scythe. Very rustic I thought to
myself. The room was excellent value at L95,000 for a double room. Had an
excellent meal that night of steak (mine in mushroom sauce, Konrad's peppered). A
great end to another good day.