April 6, 2016 – Montefiascone and home

Leaving Orivieto we decide to make a side trip to Montefiascone on our way to the airport. It turns out to be pretty much a dud with the exception of the church of San Flaviano which was built in the 11th century and has frescoes from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The building is in the Romanesque style.

Mary and Sarah on the porch of San Flaviano
Mary and Sarah on the porch of San Flaviano
St. Catherine being martyred
St. Catherine being martyred

Along with the frescoes is a the grave of a traveler who died of excessive drinking of the local wine known as Est! Est! Est! Apparently his valet went to town ahead of him and wrote the word “est” on the doors of the inns where there was good wine. This wine is still made in the region.

Plaque at the entrance to the tomb of Giovanni Defugger who died from too much wine
Plaque at the entrance to the tomb of Giovanni Defugger who died from too much wine
Tomb of Giovanni Defugger
Tomb of Giovanni Defugger

After a frustrating search for some place for lunch, we decide since we are passing by Viterbo again that we will have lunch at the pizza place where we ate the first night. Happily it is open and has a lunch special of a whole pizza and a drink for 6 Euros.

Delicious pizzas!!
Delicious pizzas!!

Now it is back to Rome Airport with a just a short stop to refill the rental car.  We manage to get ripped off at the gas station where you have to guess how much gas you will need and pay ahead and then there is no change if you over guess your fueling needs. We pay 12 Euros for 8 Euros worth of gasoline.

We are staying at the airport Hilton which has always been not the best accommodation but you can walk from the hotel to your plane which is a real plus. We book on the Executive floor and the experience is much better.  They even let us use the wifi!

The trip home is long but uneventful, Rome to London to Dallas to San Francisco.  At least this time I am not sick! We have had a wonderful trip full of many new sights, a lot of good meals, and wonderful art.

 

 

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