My favorite day in Italy was Pasquetta. In Italian culture, this is the Monday after Easter, in which families picnic in the countryside. Friends of our program, Kay & Chubba, live in a villa in the hills across from Orvieto. They invited all of us students to join them at their home for Pasquetta. The day after Easter, we all hiked up to their villa, carrying food and books and journals and cameras. The weather was glorious, food was in abundance, and Kay & Chubba opened the wine made from their vineyard. We ate and talked and ate and laughed and ate and took naps and ate and explored. I just remember how incredible the weather was, how breathtaking the view of the city from Kay & Chubba’s villa, and how happy everyone was. It’s a shame we don’t have such a tradition in the States: a day to simply do nothing but be together, enjoying good food and the beautiful world around us.
Seriously, this is the view of gorgeous Orvieto from where all of us are sitting in the picture above. See why we stayed there all day?!