Subject: Back from Italy
A BIG thank-you to all Ziners for their advice, contributions and suggestions. We arrived in Venice late on a hot hot afternoon. Loved our couple of days there. Picked up a car and went off exploring - ended up in Bassano del Grappa for a couple of nights, toured the countryside including visiting Asolo. On to Verona, which, after Venice was my fave place. (Afraid the heat curtailed our activities somewhat). Drove down to Florence for one night. We then went to our beautiful farmhouse near Borgo san Lorenzo for a week (we didn't know that June 2nd was a holiday and the stores were closed - which made grocery shopping a bit of challenge to say nothing of the drive up to the farmhouse!) The scenery from the farmhouse was magnificent and the grounds beautifully kept. We drove around the lovely countryside visiting some of the old villages. The next week it was off to Umbria to a villa at Passignano on Lake Trasimeno. This was a beautiful villa high in the hills; we could sit on our balconies and gaze at Lake Trasimeno and the islands (and all the stars and fire flies at night). Passiganano was a busy little holiday town; one day we took the ferry over to Isola Maggiore and what luck, there was a celebration and a parade down to main street and back to the beautiful little church for a service. We visited Cortona, Perugia, Montepulicano, Gubbio.

It's hard to believe we planned for such a long time and now it's all over and we only saw such a small portion of a fabulous part of Italy. The food was great and the people friendly and accommodating - even when our van broke down in a tunnel in 38 degree heat on a Saturday afternoon!!