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Central Italy in an old Fiat Panda

The Colosseum Yes, the Colosseum in Rome is amazing, St. Peter’s has more marble than anything I’ve ever seen, and all of the various ruins are quite interesting. However, we really felt like we got a feel for Italy after a large Italian meal, with a large Italian family (sort of since they’re mostly a mix of Europeans now living in Italy), in a small hill town near Orte (a different small hill town), and drinking a very good house wine. Although, to be more precise, after this big meal with locals, 5 of us squeezed into a worn out Fiat Panda with the local 22-year old driving with blaring Italian music on the radio going between 70 and 100 kph – often on small roads, with cell phone in hand. It all seemed quite normal for him and the rest of his family, and a bit surreal.

Orte Italy - East view We just got back from a few days in Rome and a few days in Orte with friends Geoff and Silvia. Geoff’s cousin owns a place in Orte that we rented and it is her family that we had dinner with and their Fiat Panda that we borrowed while there – after the above driving lesson. This means that we got the experience of squeezing a car through very narrow roads in various hill towns, driving like crazy Italian drivers (sorry my Italian friends, but I think you know what I mean), and tasting gelato in different locations. It also means that I got to test the waters (at least my foot) of another sea: the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was a great time and we can’t wait to get to other areas of Italy, preferably in the smaller towns and countryside.

I have uploaded a bunch of photos.

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