cascata delle marmore e lago di piediluco

On our second-to-last full day, we woke up, ate breakfast at 8 a.m., and headed to a morning concert. It was *quite long* but, of course, very good. I’m pretty sure this was the violin and guitar one.

After the matinee, we hopped on a bus and headed to a waterfall: Cascata Delle Marmore. It’s about 30 minutes from Narni and very close to Lazio. Once we arrived, we were told to purchase rain ponchos if we didn’t want to get splashed by the water. I decided not to waste my euros, which ended up being a good thing because I didn’t get too wet anyway…and the water felt so nice in the crazy heat!

We got to break up and explore for about an hour on our own. This waterfall was surrounded by a ton of trails and staircases leading to more beautiful views of the falls. Two of my friends and I walked over the bridges and rocks to find the best views. Here are a couple photos of what we saw:

I really wanted to slide down this 😉

After Cascata Delle Marmore, we headed to a restaurant for lunch. I ate a classic Caprese salad with mozzarella di bufala which I still dream about.

The restaurant was right on the shore of Lago di Piediluco, a huge lake that touches the border of Lazio. After we ate, we got to take a mini-cruise and enjoy the splendid views of the lake…

The captain of the ship spoke in Italian, so I didn’t grasp too much of what he said. However, he wanted to show us something cool, so he told us to scream “CIAO” as loud as we could. After doing so, we heard our voices echo all around the lake!

Ahhh. So picturesque and perfect. This cruise was especially nice because, for once, we weren’t all sweating! 

After the cruise, we headed back to the bus and drove to Narni where we stayed for the remainder of the day.

This. House. Come on!! You’d never see a house this fun in America. I love it so much. 

The rest of the night was pretty relaxed. We went to yet another concert in the evening before dinner. It was just one man and his acoustic guitar, and it was really wonderful, but I must tell you about it because it truly felt like a ridiculous scene in a movie.

Before it started, we took a little tour of a museum, following a guide and walking in and out of various rooms. The final room we walked in was tiny, and all the walls were painted black. There was a big painting at the front of it and about three rows of chairs. We all knew we’d be going to a concert, but none of us expected this to be the atmosphere.

It was so very small and our group was essentially the only audience members, besides a couple of other adults who stumbled in. Don’t get me wrong — the man was a phenomenal guitar player, and I was blown away for the first five songs or so. But then it kept going on…and on…and on. He probably did around 25, good-lengthed songs. We were all getting very tired and irritable, and everyone was making each other laugh which made our front-row seats pretty hard to deal with. At the (supposed) end of the concert, he stood up and walked away, and as we were clapping, he came back and did more songs for an encore.

Looking back, it felt like that concert would never end. It was so ridiculous and felt like a dream, and the enclosed, dark space didn’t help! But, despite its longevity and our irritability, I loved the music and laughed a hell of a lot. 😉

This is the painting that sat behind the man as he played the guitar. Spot the floating baby heads! 

We had dinner a little before 8 p.m. that night and then headed to our final concert of the day. It was in the San Domenico church which is where the first concert took place. My friends and I walked to the side of the church and decided to lie on the stairs, admiring the fabulous painted ceiling for one last time.

After the concert, we hung out in the piazza and ate more gelato. Since we were nearing the end of the trip, most of us didn’t care too much about getting adequate sleep. I stayed up until around 2 a.m. this night, trying to soak up every last minute with my friends. We sat outside the hostel while it was raining and talked for a while. A couple of neighborhood cats came to visit us, too…

Eventually, we went to sleep, and our final day had arrived.

I know this was a short post, but my previous post was super long, so I figured I’d break it up a little for you. My next post will be about our final day which was spent mostly in the city of Orvieto. Boooo. I don’t want this to end, again!


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