Wow, I am way behind on trip reports!
This one will be high (and low) lights from these four cities, only one of which was familiar to me.
When I planned this segment, I violated one of my new rules, that is, don't string together a lot of short stays. I had two nights in Orvieto (an annual destination, so not a problem) then three nights in Tuscania, two in Tarquinia, three in Anghiari. To make matters worse, the trek to Anghiari involved crossing a regional border, which makes travel by public transportation more of a challenge. Read on for gory details.
I arrived in Orvieto, and immediately went to the TI office in Piazza del Duomo. "Immediately" might be too strong a word: I took the "C" bus, which takes the long route, on purpose, there's this one sharp turn and two steep descents that I love. Plus I get to see how my little city is doing. This route has added a new leg, and goes very close to San Giovenale church, whose restoration I was able to watch over the past few years, thanks to the regional superintendent seeing my love for this oldest known church in Orvieto (11th century).
I get lots of info from the TI, including how to get to Tuscania (a few buses a day), and tell her that hers is the best TI office in Italy. True, she and her colleagues have helped me so much over the years. She takes a phone call as I leave the office, and I hear her telling the caller about the compliment she had just received.
Drag my bag across the Piazza to Hotel Virgilio, my favorite of several places I have stayed in Orvieto. I can look out my window at all hours (I find myself waking up during the night in Orvieto more than anywhere else), and look at the side view of the facade. So beautiful in the moonlight. There are two soldiers protecting her during the night. A new team will take over in the morning. The next morning, the breakfast server remembers me from last year. The beautiful young man at reception explains that the TIM network is down, so no wifi. It's okay, I say, I have my phone. He speaks to me in English, I answer in Italian - a little odd, but we both want the practice. I visit the Duomo and then go to San Giovenale, then have a very late lunch at a good but forgettable restaurant (excellent service, good prices, but Orvieto has so many good to great restaurants). Go back to the Duomo and find a message from the day receptionist that wifi is back. The hotel has a little seating area out front, and I pass a couple of hours watching life in the Piazza. The next morning I say goodbye to the breakfast man, saying sorry I am leaving to catch a train, but wanted to say goodbye, and see you next year.
I take the funivia to the bus stop, and the bus comes on time. Off to Tuscania!