Subject: Re: ZINE Deruta
Hello Jim,

I think Kristy has come up with the best idea, if you can swing the time. Deruta can be done in one day from Rome, but realistically I don't think it's a very practical idea. She is also correct in noting that most of the ceramic outlets are actually on the local road running down below and around the hill town of Deruta, so a car is almost necessary if you want to shop these stores for the best bargains.

Orvieto is on the way to Deruta, and I usually make it my lunch stop if I'm driving that route. However, for ceramics I actually prefer the style of ceramic painting done by the artisans in Gubbio, a town slightly north of Deruta by an hour or two. This is a most beautiful town to stay in for a night. If you can commit yourself to doing a two or three day outing like this, you will see on the map that there is a nice circuit you can make from and back to Rome, taking in a string of delightful hill towns-- Orvieto, Todi, Deruta, Spello (one of my favorites!), Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Cortona, and then back to the A1 autostrada for a race back into Rome.

Whereas the above might seem like a big change in your plans, taking up a good two or three days, I also think that you will be disappointed and stressed if you try to do Deruta in just one day round trip from Rome.

Joel in Chicago