Blog | Umbria day trip | Visit the Grazia majolica factory in Deruta

Blog | Umbria day trip | Visit the Grazia majolica factory in Deruta

I’ve already written a blog post about majolica in Deruta, Umbria. But this time I visited the most famous and historical majolica factory in Deruta: Ditta G. Grazie & C. The current owner of the Grazia factory is Ubaldo. He is the grandson of “nonno” Grazia who built the factory still in use today in 1920. The majolica tradition dates back to 1200. At the beginning […]

Read More 4 Comments

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International women’s day is celebrated world wide on the 8th of March. In Italy women will be offered mimosa flowers. This tree is a symbol for Women’s day, it is in full bloom around the beginning of March and has an overwhelming profume. International Women’s day stands for women’s rights, solidarity and equality. On March the 8th feminist movements ask for economical independence and equality […]

Read More 2 Comments

Restaurant in Spoleto

Restaurant in Spoleto

The Summer is over and Autumn is here. Fall is the season of amazing seasonal food. October is the month of the grape harvest and November is the month of the new olive oil. This year is a very good year, the grapes are wonderful, and the olives didn’t suffer from insects or bad weather. We’ll have fantastic olive oil and good wine this year! […]

Read More 3 Comments

Father’s Day in Umbria

Father’s Day in Umbria

March 19 is Father’s Day in Italy. In Italy it is called La Festa del Papa or Festa di San Giuseppe: feast of the father of Jesus, Saint Joseph. On the local radio I heard that this feast has been “invented” at the beginning of the 20st century, to also give father’s their day of celebration. Many bakeries and shops in Perugia were filled with […]

Read More 2 Comments

Farm in Cortona

Farm in Cortona

Friends of mine have a farm in the countryside near Cortona in Tuscany, close to Umbria. I’ve seen agriturismo’s in Italy, but never a farm where people keep Chianina cows, rabbits and chickens! This farm does not have apartments for rent, they live from the produce of their land. The rabbits and chickens live free in the countryside. The Chianina cows stay inside with enough space to move around, […]

Read More 4 Comments

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 […]

Read More 3 Comments

Infiorata 2014

Infiorata 2014

Last Sunday was Corpus Domini, the feast of Corpus Cristi. This is a religious Catholic feast which for obvious reasons doesn’t go by without being noticed in Italy. In Umbria, the town of Spello is famous for its flower exhibitions during Corpus Domini: the “infiorata”. But other villages and towns do also exhibit wonderful flower decorations. Also in my little home town of Tuoro sul […]

Read More 2 Comments

Good Friday in Umbria

Good Friday in Umbria

Though it’s almost 14 years I live in Umbria, I never witnessed a procession on Good Friday. Not being particularly religious it never crossed my mind. Yesterday we thought it would be about time we also participate. Glad I did! It is a very suggestive experience even for non religious people. The whole village turns up and many actively participate, also young people. My son […]

Read More 2 Comments

Easter in Umbria

Easter in Umbria

Easter is one of the most important holidays in Italy. A visit to Umbria during the Easter holidays is an event not to miss. Little towns and cities celebrate Easter with processions, religious rites, holy representations and folkloristic traditions. “La settimana santa” the holy week leading up to Easter Sunday marks several important events. On Palm Sunday branches of the olive trees are blessed in church […]

Read More 2 Comments

La Befana

La Befana

On January the 6th in many countries Epiphany is celebrated. Also in Italy, but here people often call it “la Befana”. La Befana is a friendly witch who delivers sweets and presents for the good children in Italy. On the night before January the 6th, the children hang their socks near the fireplace with a glass of wine, a tangerine and an orange for the […]

Read More 1 Comment