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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SO much for an internet free night.. Off to Sorrento tomorrow

Monday 27th August
Temperature – 24-32°- much more pleasant for sight seeing.

After a fabulous sleep, we awoke to bright clear blue skies. Our accommodation is wonderful with 3 rooms and a balcony. We are able to be self sufficient so after breakfast, a bit of washing and then we set off for the day. Time for some photos first.
First stop – Cortona. After a very “hairy” drive up to the hilltop town, we were very lucky to find a park to just drive into. I have no idea how we were going to park like the locals with about 6” in front of and behind the car. We walked up the hill and joined the other tourists and headed around to the info centre where we grabbed a map of the area. The usual churches, steep climb and then some more, we were ready for a coffee. A mandatory look in the shops and then time to leave.Loads of eateries, huge numbers of tourists but fantastic views and well worth the visit

We headed for Lago di Tresimeno where the Umbrians head for summer holidays. The sand looked like mud and most uninviting. The lake itself is huge but there was not much activity, probably because it is Monday. Maybe yesterday would have been a different story. We had a look around the camping ground which was huge but “grotty” looking. Not a blade of grass to be seen only gravel to camp on. The camping fees were cheap but entrance to the swimming pool was €8. After a light lunch we headed towards home via the outskirts of Perugia. Due to some road works we were not able to find our way to the centre of the city but instead found a supermarket and were soon home with supplies for dinner- pasta & salad then fruit. At the top of the hill – Serpeto there is what appears to be an unused church and a set of buildings all with street numbers but no power/gas connections and not much evidence of inhabitance. There were a couple of cars parked in the church yard so presumably there was someone, somewhere.

We were grateful for a cooler day but quite tired when we arrived home. Into the guide books preparing for another day of driving to Sorrento tomorrow.
We have really enjoyed our stay in Assisi (7kms from centre) at Mario’s house. It is well equipped with everything right down to salt & pepper. Numerous cooking essentials and crockery and cutlery- in fact everything we needed and much more. A welcome bowl of fruit was on the table when we arrived along with some goodies for breakfast including 4 fresh eggs from Mario’s hens. This was our first experience of airbnb and we would happily recommend it to others. We hope our place in Rome is as good!

Our Assisi accommodation - top floor

Cortona Piazza Comunale

Hairy drive to the top but well worth it!

Anyone for the beach? Lago di Tresimeno

Serpeto - just up the hill from us
Views over the valley from Serpeto

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