Sunday, July 12, 2009

Come with me to Orvieto, Italy in May 2010

I'm teaching "Bella Italia: Orvieto Sketchbook" the Week of May 23-29, 2010. For our week in Orvieto, we’ll be staying in the spacious, graceful, quiet, Istituto San Lodovico. It is a large old palace that has served as a school and is now a convent Bed and Breakfast run by three nuns. Parts of the building date to as early as the 14th century. There are remnants of frescoes from the period, one that is said to have been done by Michelangelo when he visited on his way to Rome to paint the Sistine Chapel. You’ll have room to stretch. There is a garden, a courtyard, valley overlooks, a library, a lounge, several kitchens. It is like being in a home – comfortable, cozy, and welcoming. The convent hides behind high walls and large arched doorways. Passing through the arched portal is like passing into another world. Pristine silence, lovely gardens, patios, fountains, and simplicity greet the visitor. The rooms are spare but completely modern. Full baths in all. Spotlessly clean. Marble stairways, old oriental carpeting, huge leather couches. No noise. Whisper quiet. You sleep very well.
Won't you join us? Check out the rest of the trip plan here.
Meanwhile, dear blog readers, I'm off for a week to Sequoia National Park. I'll be teaching at Montecito Family Vacation camp in the mornings and adventuring with my husb the rest of the time!


  1. Have a great time in the Sequoia's. Doesn't seem to be anywhere near the caliber of a National Lampoon family vacation - phew!

  2. Oh, sounds wonderful, have a fab time! :D

  3. How do you say "Que le vaya bien" in Sequoian?


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