New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

Last week we received an invitation for the Dutch New Year’s drink in Mugnano, Umbria, the town of the painted walls. All Dutch people who live in Umbria and Tuscany were invited. A very nice initiative! Sometimes you see posts on the social media from Dutch in Italy, but you don’t actually know these people, until yesterday. After my morning run in Assisi I went […]

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October in Perugia

October in Perugia

October … again a summer season gone by just like that. We’ve had some lovely autumn days in October. Chestnuts are on sale again, grapes have been harvested and here and there one starts picking olives. This year though, it will not be a good year for the olive harvest. Lots of olives in this area have been suffering from a mosque that deteriorates the […]

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Sagra in Umbria

Sagra in Umbria

In Umbria there are many “sagra’s” or village feasts. Focal point of these happenings is food, local food. Sagra’s come in all kinds of varieties, but the main idea is that this is a local party where one can eat some typical local dishes. Often at very reduced prices and always accompanied by local wine. We enjoy visiting the sagra’s in our area. It is […]

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Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi and Io e Te Gourmet

Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi and Io e Te Gourmet

This year will be the 57th edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi. Giancarlo Menotti founded this international festival. He was born on July 7, 1911 in Cadegliano Italy. When his father died, he moved with his mother to the USA. Although he referred to himself as an American composer, he has always kept his Italian citizenship. When his mother turned back to Italy, […]

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Valentine’s Day in Terni, Umbria

Valentine’s Day in Terni, Umbria

Few people know that Saint Valentine, the patron saint of love and celebrated worldwide on February 14, also the  patron saint of Terni in Umbria is. Saint Valentine was born in the late 2nd century. He had the ability to heal people. Therefor he became a popular bishop of Terni.  After healing the people, they converted to Christianity. The name “Valentino” – Valentine comes from […]

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Tasting new olive oil in Spello

Tasting new olive oil in Spello

It is about a month now that people have started harvesting olives in Umbria. Some have already finished, others are still picking olives. During this period there are many events and local markets where you can taste the new olive oil. Bruschetta with new olive oil! Hmmm! During these markets the Umbrian people also promote their local food. For example different kinds of cheeses, sausages, […]

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Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Last weekend was party time in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, a small village near the house of my colleague. As normal with these village parties there were quite a few places where one could do some ‘liver maintenance’ or fill the stomach. We could choose from wild boar (pasta or wild boar stew, both very good), fish from the Trasimeno Lake, ‘fagioli con le cotiche’, that […]

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Truffle time in Citta di Castello.

Every year Citta di Castello hosts a very agreeable truffle market. Besides all truffle products you can dream up, you’ll find lots of new olive oil to taste and buy, new wine, roasted chestnuts and a covered market with loads of regional Italian products (cheese from Trentino, very good salumi from Norcia, liquorice from the South etc.). As expected we gorged on freshly roasted chestnuts […]

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I primi d’Italia

We had some friends over so what better to do than head to lovely Foligno to visit the Primi d’Italia. A long weekend of tasting a wide offering of primi. Primi can be pasta, soups, bruschetta’s etc. Basically anything that can serve as a first course. Prices vary but start at 2,50€. Apart from food being served in great locations (think old buildings you are […]

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I Primi d’Italia.

If you happen to be in the Umbria area enjoying the downright fantastic weather why not head to Foligno for a rather original dining experience? From tomorrow till Sunday Foligno will be first course HQ of Italia. Great chance to enjoy first courses from all over Italy. Some things are downright silly (tastewise) but we also have enjoyed quite good food in very original settings. […]

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