Roman Ruins That Nobody Visits . . .
The ruins of Carsulae are 20 minutes south of Todi toward Terni. Only partially uncovered, there is an amphitheater, a theater & several large arches as well as a medieval church. Sections of the Via Flaminia are visible. Large 30+ acre site. There were only a handful of people the day we visited.
Admire a bale of hay
What a hayseed type of activity, you might say. We actually found the farming activities around Todi quite fascinating. That is because in California, you never see hay bales in rolls - they are always in bricks.
Our house we rented was out in the countryside, so we would frequently walk along country roads among the alfalfa fields. That was another thing we noticed not just about Umbria, but about Italy as a whole. We had never seen so many alfalfa fields as we saw in Italy. They seemed to be everywhere, whether we were in Umbria, Tuscany, Lazio or Puglia. The odd thing was, we never saw much livestock around munching on this alfalfa. So where does all the Italian alfalfa go?
- Hiking and Walking
Listenin' to them church bells
We saw many huge ornate churches on our trips to Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Rome. Italy has some of the simpler variety, too. I passed this church - the Church of St. Arnaldo - each morning on my early morning walks. It was set on the ridge next to a small olive grove and Todi could be viewed in the distance. It was very peaceful, but I never saw anyone there.
- Historical Travel
The local cemetery
The house we rented was only a few hundred meters away from the local cemetery just outside Monticello. I stopped by there frequently on my daily walks.
The cemetery was well tended, although it also contained seemingly forgotten graves. The contrast was stark - huge exensive ornate family crypts stood next to simple graves with hardly a lopsided wooden cross marking the grave.
- Religious Travel
Down my country road
Just about everything around Todi is off the beaten path. Outside of the town of Todi are hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and fields.
Every morning I stayed in Umbria, I would arise out of bed early and take a walk along the country road that ran along the ridge of a hill. It wound through sunflower fields, olive groves, alfalfa fields and vineyards, which were dotted here and there with old stone farmhouses.
The road is a two lane country road which gets some traffic after about 8:00 am with farm vehicles and other traffic, but early in the morning, it was a very peaceful place to be.
- Hiking and Walking
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