The Ladies of Umbria’s Monteleone d’Orvieto

Lady of the house looking through her open window

Lady of the house looking through her open window

The clean and imaginative little medieval village of Monteleone d’Orvieto is well-kept by the lovely ladies of the village. All is swept clean and tidy, and the homes are creatively adorned with colorful flowers and ornate wooden doors. All is quiet and peaceful, making a very pleasant walk among the winding cobbled streets. Not a scrap of trash can be seen anywhere. The views from the hilltop walls are vast and majestic.

Late afternoon chat among good friends

Late afternoon chat among good friends

Sitting in the cool of the afternoon, these ladies seem to be very good friends. There is much to discuss and talk about, and I was charmed by their laughter. Although they don’t know English, we communicated well enough. Much care is put into their appearance and they are dressed very neatly. Scarves, necklaces and stylish shoes accessorize their lovely dresses.

I can only imagine their cooking skills. It must be heavenly. There was much to see the afternoon I spent walking through the village, but I found these lovely ladies to be the most charming view of all.



Categories: History

23 replies

  1. I know it was a joy to visit! I live part of the year, in northern Greece, and enjoy my visits to the villages. Unique people, sights, aromas & inspiration for much of my Aegean Sea & Mediterranean artworks.

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  2. Visiting such places and interacting with the locals makes the trip worthwhile and leaves a lasting impression. 😀

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  3. I agree with Francesca. I am so happy that you have chosen to write about them and photograph them too. Amazing and lovely women. I would love to have a chat with them myself. Great post!

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  4. It is those smaller villages that are so charming and great to visit after the bustle of he major tourist towns.

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  5. Hi Susan, your photo of the Lady of the House, is fabulous. I love the colours, the doors and the story

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  6. Lovely ladies of this little village, Susan. i can see why they make you smile. I can almost here them talking and catching up on the events of the day while sitting on their stoop. They’re charming and make me smile, too. 🙂

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  7. Glorious photograph! Makes me miss Italy so…

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  8. Truly it is the people who are the heart and soul of Italy! Beautiful photo, but how could it not be with such lovely subjects.

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  9. I am so pleased you chose to photograph these older women who contribute so much to Italian society.

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  10. Italian women love to clean! My 82 year old mother is a testament to that. She is always sweeping, dusting, or doing something around the house! I guess that’s why she’s still in great shape at her age! If only I could keep up with her 🙂

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