Orvieto in the Winter

Cart and I had a lovely time with our friends in Orvieto last weekend. The last time that we were there was somewhere in the middle of Summer, so this time round, the area felt quite different.

It takes around and hour and a half to reach there by car. The weather has been quite erratic lately, and on our way there, the clouds started to get really dark and it started to rain. Only this time, instead of dripping away, the raindrops went blob on the windscreen – indicating that it was actually snow flurries.

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One of the first times when I saw real snow, it felt quite magical, seeing the area covered in a blanket of white powder. There wasn’t that much snow when we reached Orvieto, nevertheless, it still looked quite charming.

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

Fortunately, the rain stopped when we reached there, but it felt very cold nevertheless at around a single degree at noon. Thank goodness Cart had the foresight to pack the snow boots along and I keep my gloves in my bag practically all the time now 🙂

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

We headed for lunch at the same place where I had my awesome pizza the other time. And we were fed really really well. While the others had meats and lasagna with ragu, we still had an awesome meal.

I especially liked the vegetable lasagna with beschamel. The first time that I had this was at Lorenzo’s house, I immediately fell in love with it – it’s creamy, decadent and so hearty with the mix of stir fried vegetables in it. We should make this again 🙂

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Their tiramisu was so eggy and has bits of chocolate drops in it, making the texture a crunchy surprise. I’d soak the savioardi biscuits in coffee for a little more though as they were rather tough here.

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This was Cart’s house made vanilla gelato with espresso coffee next to it. You’re supposed to pour the coffee to drown the ice cream – this is called an affogato .

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After our sumptuous and long lunch, we went for a walk around the town, enjoying the sights and each other’s company and … then a coffee break an hour later:P

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

The sign reads, “I don’t like chocolates!” which was amusing.

rinaz.net Orvieto

rinaz.net Orvieto

We said our goodbyes when it was getting close towards dinner time. When we got back on our way back on the autostrada in Rome, there was a sudden hail fall. I could hear the sharp sound of hail dropping on the car and before you know it, the roads was covered with a layer of white.

At this point of time, cars started to slow down presumably because they didn’t have snow tires on. It was so unusual to see any car going so slowly on a highway in Rome.

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We all know that many Italians are F1 drivers on the inside 🙂

 

1 thought on “Orvieto in the Winter”

  1. Ciao Bella! I loved your entry on your trip to Orvieto. Not sure if I told you when we met last year, but I stuided there in 2004 & visit every time I go back to Italy. Such a magical little town… Plus, Piazzeria Charlie is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Been going there since I was a student! Lovely to see the city covered in snow… 🙂

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