Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio is…different. Siena attributes it to the fact that the landscape around it is brown and severe, rather than the welcoming hills of the rest of Umbria. Keith notes that it is laid out in a long pattern along the base of the hill, which gives it a different approach and vibe. I agree with both of those things. But it also feels shadowy. Walking along the base of the palazzo, with its cavernous arches, a dark, almost foreboding breeze twisted through me. It is beautiful. That is certain, but in a moody way.

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Stunning Sicily

Stunning Sicily

Sicily is scented with jasmine and wild herbs—fennel and oregano and something sweet and toasty, maybe fenugreek? This mix of cultivated and untamed is seen everywhere. Trim lines of grapevines leading to dramatic, craggy mountains. Neat rows of olive trees divided by a riot of shimmering undergrowth. Stately Greek ruins rising from a profusion of colorful, delicate wildflowers. That's just Sicily, or at least the tiny corner of Sicily we were able to explore.

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