In the first of Umbra Institute’s “Lost Weekend” trips, fourteen students boarded a chartered bus with few details about their destination. The first stop for the group was a surprise dinner at “La Cantina,” a classic Umbrian restaurant in the center of medieval Castiglione del Lago, which sits on a hill high over Lago di Trasimeno. After an “antipasto misto” of cheese and Umbrian salami, the students had “picci all’aglione,” a hearty, garlic-laced pasta dish with handmade pasta.
After a fruit dessert, the students reboarded the bus and continued on to the hot springs of San Casciano dei Bagni. Italy is volcanically active and there are a number of hot springs that well up in the central Italian hills. These springs are in the valley below the hill town of San Casciano. The students soaked in the hot sulphur springs under the stars until midnight, when they had to board the bus and return to Perugia.
(photos by professor of creative writing, Cindy Clough)