Author / Ellen Craig

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  • The Italy Edit

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  • Umbria

    PART 1 ! Here I am kicking off a multi-part series on the identity, or as we will see, identities of Umbria. It’s going to be a fun ride! Umbria. The only…

  • The Man Turning Left

    His name isn’t Furbo but it may as well be. We are in the car behind his car, on a two lane highway, with one direction of traffic each way.  We have…

  • Fifteen in the Mist

    The early spring mist of morning floated slowly past my window. I felt the delicious sensation of that deep rest that only comes from a wondrous long night’s sleep after a transatlantic…

  • Returning to Italy

    When I was small, growing up in America, I learned my grandparents were from Italy. This sparked an utter fascination. What is Italy? Where is it? I grilled my family. I begged…

  • The Marchesa on the Balcony

    I remember the first time I met the Marchesa. It was on the balcony of Arrigo’s brother’s house. Below us was that vast expanse of valleys and hill towns and fields spread…

    Day 2, Post 4 75% Umbria, 25% Tuscany

    We departed the Falconiere, skirting Tuscany’s southern border with Umbria. This area is wild and not overrun by tourists. We passed many castles, towers, and fortresses primarily on the Umbrian side of…

    Day 2, Post 3, 75% Umbria, 25% Tuscany

    After breakfast in the Falconiere restaurant, a spectacular former limonaia (room to winter the lemon trees), we headed to the hotel spa. We had the entire spa to ourselves as it is…

    Day 1 Post 2, 75% Umbria, 25% Tuscany

    After our aperitivo on the terrace of the Falconiere, we left for a walk and dinner in the center of Cortona.🌅 I was having a work emergency which interrupted us every half…

    Day 1 Post 1, 75% Umbria, 25% Tuscany

    Kicking off this series! Let’s go!!!!We intended to spend 3-4 days diving deeper into little Umbrian towns, and that’s just what we did, with the small but significant exception of a quick…