With our guide, Diana, at our disposal, we walked down the hill from the villa to catch a public bus to begin our journey to Perugia. After one transfer in Ellera, we then continued on our way to a “people mover” — an elevated light rail tram that took us straight up the hill to the city center.

Perugia is a medieval town, in much the same way as Siena, as well as a big university town. We walked around for awhile before heading off to an exhibit of modern art at the Palazzo Baldeschi, From Corot to Picasso and From Fattori to De Pisis. The exhibit drew from the Phillips Collection in DC as well as the Ricci Collection (which contributed the bulk of the paintings by Italian artists.)

Lunch was on our own and the rest of the afternoon was spent strolling and buying Perugina chocolates for gifts. On the way back to the villa, some of us got off at Corciano for a gelato and then walked the rest of the way. Another gorgeous day.

At the villa we had a great dinner that ended with birthday cake (baked by Bibi, the matriarch of the Vasta family) to celebrate the 21st birthday of one of the students (actually, her birthday was the next day, but since this was the last day of our program, we took this opportunity!)

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