And another quick ride
05.07.2010 - 05.07.2010 31 °C
The next morning I am out for a ride again. A bit shorter than yesterday, only an hour as I still had some sore points from yesterday’s ride. Jump straight in the pool for a quick swim before we head off to Perugia.
The approach to Perugia which was quite a surprise. We parked under the city walls below the bus station then started to walk up the hill. Then you walk underground into a passage to the base of an escalator. And then another escalator, and another. When you get to the top you are inside the barrel vaulted brick structures that formed the city’s walls. And they are substantial – at least 10 metres high, and you walk upwards inside them before a final escalator ride into the sunlight. This brings you out into a pleasant shaded square with a couple of fountains and of course a statue – this one a mounted rider in bronze.
Past this stretches the wide main drag for the old city which rises north for about 500 metres until it reaches the basilica and the prior’s palace. Higher above this sits the site of the original settlement in the town, and in all directions you can get magnificent sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. And if you head off the main area very far, you find yourself faced with a steep drop down off the edge. They knew how to pick a defensive position in those days.
Wandering about in the stone streets in 35 deg heat has taken it out of us a bit, so we put feet up at a terrace bar on the town’s east side with huge views again. We slug down plenty of cold drinks, then head back down towards the car. On the way, we have a look in some shops, and one owner locks G in while she heads up to the bar for an espresso – and then cracks the shits because we are disturbing her afternoon coffee.
After this excitement we calm down with a bit of a drive around Lake Trasimeno where there are some more magnificent views. There are also more camping grounds than you can shake a stick at, and it won’t be too long before the lot is packed out for the holidays. There is good train and road access on this east side of the lake, but there is not much a corridor between them and the lake. Do a quick bit of shopping for dinner at Passignano.
It is getting late at this point, but we head up to see if there is a particular shop open in Castiglion Fiorentino. With a bit of guidance, we find Castellini sports where I purchase my own Gallo Nero outfit for riding in. We wander around here a bit, then head back to the sports store for a recommendation for dinner. We are guided to an osteria not far away, where I get to have some wild boar in a tomato salsa, very nice! As always gelati for desert.