in and near was where I was painting.
I learned about the Faliscans, a pre-Roman people whose tombs and cliff dwellings are in evidence here. Interesting!
Enjoyed the time with my mentors Joe and Maddine (Etrucscan Places)
Worked daily from 9 am til 7:30 pm.
Stayed at the beautiful Relais Falisco, once a Palazzo, now a four star hotel ...night blooming Jasmine at the entryway...
Experienced fine dining at the elegant restaurant La Scuderia. Pasta with ricotta and thin curls of pear not to be missed.
And then there were the other nights ...when we dined al fresco on a piece of land called Castellaccio. At Castellaccio there were ancient tombs right behind our table- heightening the spirit of the place. Here we enjoyed the artistic culinary creations of independent chef Fabio Castrucci.
How could I choose my favorite dish that Fabio made? They were all wonderful. One night he served us a savory antipasto with lentils on toasted bread that I liked alot, and his preparation of merluzzo fish was delicious.
Feel that I left Civita Castellana too soon... more to explore, find, experience...
Afterward, my painting colleague and I went to stay at Ponte Zingola
in Seravezza, Tuscany. From there we took day trips to Pietrasanta, Cinque Terre and villages in the Apuane Alps.
Io vorrei imparare l'italiano. La prossima volta che mi trovo in Italia, voglio parlare in italiano.