This past weekend we took an amazing day trip to Orvieto, Italy. I remember that when I was signing up for the optional trips I was really undecided about going here, but wow – am I glad that I chose to! This town was such a small, quaint little area on top of a fortified hill, surrounded by other lush hills on every side. There were many things that I remember from this side trip, and I am lucky to have had the opportunity to have gone.
Upon arrival, one of the most unfortunate/hilarious things happened to the group – Jenny got stuck on the train! Ozayr, our professor, had told everyone that it was going to be a short stop so we had to be hasty as we exited the train. I think Jenny was sleeping at this time so that might be why that happened. Also, me and my 3 friends were playing Eucher, a card game, and only had one hand left to play so we did it really fast right as we were arriving. As I was bustling to get off the train, I saw the doors start to close and barely snuck out! My backpack was grabbed by the door and pulled me back so I fell down, it was pretty scary! It’s fair to say that we got off to a good start in Orvieto.
It was all pretty funny actually, we got everything figured out with Jenny and kept going with out delay. We took the funicular railway up the hill to the top of Orvieto. It was pretty cool, and we all got an astounding view as we got up there. The first thing we did here was go to St. Patricks Well. Ozayr said that the well was deep, but I don’t think any of us were prepared to see something as cool as what we saw. It was a double helix well with two sets of stairs, and windows looking into the well the entire way down. After seeing the well, we were released to venture the city on our own.
The first thing that me and 3 of the guys did was go get some food. We went to this small little diner and got an amazing burger. After that we explored the Orvieto Cathedral, which had an incredible polychromy facade! I was very impressed with the cathedral, and we went inside to sketch for about an hour or so. Next, we set out to find the tower of Orvieto, and when we got to the top we saw Ozayr there! What a surprise. The view from the top was incredible, and you could see everything around the city, including the beautiful lush hills miles away. There were so many other little treasures in the town that we had discovered. It had all just seemed so cozy, like a perfect place to be.
We were scheduled to leave Orvieto at 7:30, but we did not get on the train until 9:00 because of how late it was! It was pretty frustrating for all of us, but we figured out ways to pass the time. We got back pretty late, so that marked the end of our Friday night.
The highlight of our Saturday was an amazing family dinner made by Jenny! It was incredible. There were 14/16 of us that were able to make it there, and the food was splendid. Jenny had made a shrimp alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, and a chicken pasta with oil, and two different salads! It was simply perfect. She had worked on it from 1:30 – 6:30! That’s a crazy amount of time, we were all so impressed. It is fair to say that we had an amazing weekend, and I wouldn’t trade this study abroad experience for anything!