Experience Montepulciano with a local

Experience Montepulciano with a local

Experience Montepulciano’s beauty and traditions during wonderful (online) wine and run experiences. Meet sommelier Sylvia and enjoy the good things Montepulciano has to offer. Virtual Noble Wine Tasting Experience The Virtual Noble Wine Tasting Experience is in Montepulciano. I have welcomed many people in the Gattavecchi winery last year. Cantina Gattavecchi opened its doors again on June 20. With this free online wine experience I […]

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How to get to Umbria

How to get to Umbria

People often ask us “How do I get to Umbria?”. In this blog post you will find the answer to that question with our personal tips about traffic and public transport in Italy. The region Umbria Umbria is one of the smallest regions in Italy on the border of Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche where around nine hundred thousand people live. It is the only […]

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Shopping at the Valdichiana Outlet Village

Shopping at the Valdichiana Outlet Village

Valdichiana Outlet Village Everyone knows Tuscany for its beautiful landscape and culture. Did you know that amongst Italians, it is also known for its clothing outlets? Around Florence, there are some very big brands that have their own outlet (Prada for example). Closer to Umbria is the Valdichiana Outlet Village in Foiano delle Chiana, near the exit of the A1. The Valdichiana Outlet Village is […]

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A day trip to the Marmore Falls in Terni

A day trip to the Marmore Falls in Terni

The Marmore Falls in Terni The Marmore Falls, Cascata delle Marmore, are situated in the Valnerina near the town of Terni. The total height of the waterfall is about 165 m. This park is used by men and women, young and old. It yearly attracts quite a number of visitors in Umbria. The Marmore Falls is the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe! The story about […]

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Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

August 15 is a bank holiday in Italy: Ferragosto. This national holiday celebrates the Assumption of the virgin Mary into heaven, the day when Catholics believe that God took the body of Jesus’ mother Mary into heaven to reunite with her son. August is the traditional period for Italians to have their summer holidays. On August 15 many Italians go out for a picknick in […]

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Pizzeria Calandrino in Castiglione del Lago

Pizzeria Calandrino in Castiglione del Lago

Marco comes from Rome and since this summer season he works as a waiter in pizzeria – osteria Calandrino in the centre of Castiglione del Lago. My apartment is situated just above this restaurant. When passing by the good smells stimulate your appetite  but in the four years I live here, I have never eaten in this restaurant… until today. The cook is from Sicily […]

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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 […]

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Typical food from Trentino Alto Adige

Typical food from Trentino Alto Adige

Some years ago I lived in Trentino, in Arco at Lake Garda. The local cuisine in Trentino Alto Adige is everything but boring. The food of this region is flavoured by other cultures. Many years ago Trentino used to be Austria. Many Trentini speak Italian as well as German, and the further you move to the north the more people speak German. The local food […]

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Pasta alla Norcina

Pasta alla Norcina

Pasta alla Norcina is a typical Umbrian pasta dish. The name derives from the small village Norcia. Norcia is in the Sibillini mountains and famous for its sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. People here are quite proud of their local kitchen and rightly so! Umbria also produces the best DOP olive oil of Italy, they say. Tonight I’ve prepared Pasta alla Norcina which is very […]

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Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

This was the second time I participated in the half marathon Invernalissima. Two years ago I participated and last weekend again. Inverno means winter, hence the name for this race. Invernalissima is a half marathon which always takes place in Umbria before Christmas. It was cold during the race without any sunshine and lots of mist. There were about 1700 participants. The start was in […]

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