Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

The Bravio delle Botti or the race of the barrels, is an annual race in Montepulciano Tuscany on the last Sunday of August. The Bravio used to be a horse race, but since Montepulciano is famous for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in 1974 the idea was born to run with wine barrels instead. The different quarters of Montepulciano compete against each other to win […]

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Umbria Blog | visit La Pergola and eat like barbarians

Umbria Blog | visit La Pergola and eat like barbarians

Between Lake Trasimeno and Perugia are the holiday apartments of La Pergola. It has nine apartments and a large pool. At 4 km distance is Castel Rigone where you find a bakery, a bar and a grocery store. Friends of mine were on a holiday at La Pergola in apartment Orvieto. They were five adults and a baby. Of course I already knew the apartments, […]

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Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

The 2nd of June is the “Festa della Repubblica” and is an annual bank holiday in Italy. In 1946 a referendum was held on 2nd and 3rd of June in which people were asked which form of state they wanted after the fall of fascism. Italy became a republic and to this day the 2nd of June is a bank holiday, the “Festa della Repubblica”. […]

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Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Like every year around this time, the Giro d’Italia is going through Italy. On Tuesday May 16, 2017 is the 10th round of the Giro, a hilly trail in Umbria starting in Foligno. The first cyclist will start at 1:00 pm in Foligno next to the Duomo, and the last cyclist will finish in Montefalco at 5:15 pm, just outside the city walls. Before arriving […]

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Umbria Blog | Prehistory and the Abbey of Farneta

Umbria Blog | Prehistory and the Abbey of Farneta

On a beautiful sunny day in April I participated in a guided walk in the area of the Abbey of Farneta. Farneta is a small hamlet in the valley next to the Trasimeno lake in Umbria, the Val di Chiana. Coming from the A1 or from Siena, driving towards Lake Trasimeno and Perugia many times I just drove by and never bothered to take the […]

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Umbria Blog | Archery tournament in Todi

Umbria Blog | Archery tournament in Todi

During the weekend of March 25-26 there was an Archery Tournament in Todi: Todi la Città degli Arcieri. Now you wonder what’s so special about that? It is very special: all archers are in medieval outfit! It is a serious tournament with archers from all over Italy and all come rigorously dressed in a medieval outfit, to the smallest detail. Throughout the small town there […]

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Umbria Blog | photo exhibition Si Billino!

Umbria Blog | photo exhibition Si Billino!

As most of you know the earthquake on October 30, 2016 caused a lot of damages in Norcia and many surrounding villages in the Sibillini mountains. One of these is Castelluccio di Norcia, a small mountain village at an altitude of 1400m at the foot of the Vettore mountain. At this moment Castelluccio cannot be reached anymore, one hopes to restore the infrastructure before summer. […]

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Umbria Blog | White Truffle market in Città di Castello

Umbria Blog | White Truffle market in Città di Castello

Each year at the end of October Città di Castello celebrates the white truffle with a market dedicated to this precious delicacy. From October 28 to November 1, 2016 was the 37th edition of this truffle market, Il Tartufo Bianco. One sells not only white truffle from Umbria but also delicacies from other regions in Italy like herbs, Sicilian cannoli, olives from Puglia and much […]

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Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Every day in the newspaper, or on television we still see images and interviews with journalists, politicians and locals about the earthquake on 24 August. Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto are destroyed. Also buildings in Norcia, Umbria have been damaged. Many people who survived the earthquake live now in tents, but will soon move to hotels and institutions before winter sets in. In many restaurants in […]

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Umbria Blog | Feast of San Lorenzo

Umbria Blog | Feast of San Lorenzo

Each August on the 10th is the feast of San Lorenzo “calici di stelle”. An evening of celebrations throughout Italy. This feast is not well known outside Italy. In this period of August, and especially around the 12th of August rather than the 10th, is the best time to admire the shooting stars, also called the tears of San Lorenzo. When you see a falling […]

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