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Umbria is just east of the more visited Tuscany. Florence and Perugia are in Umbria.  I stayed at an agroturismo–a tourist farm–just one hiway exit south of Deruta, a pottery center.  We had a car and daily roamed the province seeing hill towns large and small, churches, art, and grapefields. It was April. Just off the hiway at our exit was the amazing little church Madonna dei Bagni. What made it so amazing were the hundreds of ceramic plaques covering its walls depicting the various disasters which had befallen the people of the area. They were a history of how we die and how their world had changed.

modern death

heart surgery


honoring the restoration of the church

In Deruta itself one can visit large ceramic factories where dozens of artists handpaint designs on plates and bowls

or visit a tiny shop with one artist owner who throws and decorates her/his own work

Deruta has a lovely ceramic museum with very old and precious work

Deruta museum ceramic honoring women

Umbrian view — what it looked like on our drives around the rest of Umbria

small town church with mosaic

wall in Umbria

Umbrian hill town

alley art

more alley art

puppets in shop on the alley


church facade

Close up Adam & Eve

in a small hill town

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