Monday, March 12, 2018

Amelia: another little visited hill town

Amelia, a walled hill town, is near (10 kms) our home base in Narni.  We arrived in town first thing on a Saturday morning.  All the businesses on the main thoroughfare were opening up for business.  A farmers market was being set up in the cloister of a church.  One of the public water tanks is still in use.  While I suspect half the houses are not regularly lived in, Amelia is still a thriving community.

We really enjoyed a walking tour that took us all over the town; then we walked through the countryside to the hilltop village Fornole, then caught a bus back to Narni.  Even though it was overcast, it did not rain.

While waiting for the Narni-Amelia bus, I just happened to look up and see Narni shining in the morning sun.
Narni, Umbria, Italy

The bus driver and friend were very friendly and talkative. They wanted to know what we thought of Trump; then made fun of Trump's toupee. ;-)
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

View of Amelia from the moving bus.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Walking up from Porto Romano with the Duomo way in the distance.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

A Saturday morning market was in the cloister..
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

... of this church.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Palazzo near one of the Roman Cisterns.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Big blocks of stone, set by the Romans.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Even bigger polygonal stone blocks, set before the Roman era.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Following the "more than perfect" walking tour from http://www.keytoumbria.com/Umbria/Home.html.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Medieval Square with town crier = me. ;-)
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Another Town Gate.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

LOVE Santa Lucia.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

The Duomo sits on the highest point in Amelia.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

The Duomo interior.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Before walking to Fornole we checked out the Parco Fluviale Rio Grande.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

The Parco Fluviale Rio Grande has great views back up to Amelia.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Trying out one of the onboard effects on my new camera. Hmm. What do you guys think?
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Leaving Amelia, we see this man washing his greens in a public fountain.

Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Outside of the Porta Romano is the new town.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Walking to Fornole on the old Amelia-Narni road. Olives left, grapes right.
Walking from Amelia to Fornole, Italy

Views of Fornole.
Amelia, Umbria, Italy

Walking from Amelia to Fornole, Italy

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