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



  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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