Country Roads: Odometer Update #2

Country Roads: Linnertime in SpelloBefore I call it a night, I need to quickly gather my thoughts — they’re a bit hazy right now after today’s late afternoon-into-evening lunch (no doubt all the vino) — so that I don’t forget where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and what I’ve experienced thus far on Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) abbreviated “Country Roads of Italy” itinerary through Umbria and Tuscany.

Recapping, the “band of merry media” — guests of Insight on this journey — have seen Rome by (rainy) night, visited the Vatican Museums, turned flour and eggs into pasta strings with The Etruscan Chef, nearly touched the sky in Orvieto, went underground in Perugia, were wowed in saintly Assisi, searched for a virgin in an olive grove and walked the cobble of Spello that led us to a Sunday afternoon like no other (the aforementioned eating and drinking well past twilight).

Country Roads: Saintly Assisi | ©Tom Palladio Images

Seems like we’ve been on the road forever, but we’re only a third of the way through this premium-escorted journey. Still to come: Cortona, San Gimignano, Fonterutoli, the Ferrari Automobile Musem, Bologna and Venice. And, of course, more fine dining, great wines and a few of Insight’s impromptu “signature” moments to keep us on our toes.

Just so you’re not left off the motor coach, here’s a virtual assaggio (little taste) of what it’s looked like so far. Just click on a frame for the full-screen view then arrow across to see them all.

Take Me along, Country Roads | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFor complete information on Insight Vacations’ 12 Italian premium and luxury escorted itineraries, via business class motorcoach, and over 100 journeys throughout Europe just click HERE, or call toll free (888) 680-1241, or contact your travel agent.

See you tomorrow when we waive goodbye to the Umbria and head under the Tuscan sun.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images



Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Waiting patiently for the Cortona bit. One of my very favourite towns, where I have spent lots of quality time. Hope you managed to visit the museum to see the wonderful works of Signorelli and that magical Fra Angelico. Unforgettable. Keep up the good work neighbour. 🙂


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