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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Italy event in Holland

Italy event in Holland

I was in the Netherlands this month and attended an Italian event “Sapori d’Inverno”. I enjoyed some hours of Italian atmosfere in Holland! Cooking workshops, winetastings and typical Italian food all made up for a easy going Italian atmosfere. Ferrari’s, catwalks, Ape’s and espresso bars were not to be missed. For a short time I felt like being in Italy! At the event you could […]

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Pictures of autumn in Umbria

Pictures of autumn in Umbria

It was a lovely sunny autumn day today, we picked olives and generally enjoyed the autumn weather which got me thinking that I’d scroll through my old pictures. Here is an impression of autumn in Umbria through some pictures, recent and less recent but all made in autumn. – Posted by Saskia van der Bolt –

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Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Every year in October and November is the time to harvest the olives in Umbria. In 2014 we had a terrible harvest: a combination of bad weather (a mild winter and rain in summer) led to Italy’s most disastrous olive harvest. The olive fruit fly damaged the olives by leaving its larvae in the olive which destroyed the fruit. This year is going to be a […]

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Spoleto pictures

Spoleto pictures

I have my family over for holiday (they are on holiday, not me … ). What better town to show them in Umbria then Spoleto?      

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Cycling in Rome

Cycling in Rome

Friends of mine from Holland stayed at Casale Marsciano for a two-week holiday. Casale Marsciano is a beautiful private villa in the Umbrian nature. My friends wanted to visit Rome and from Umbria it is easy to go to Rome by train, also just for a day trip. But how to explore the eternal city in one day? By bike! If you have only one day at […]

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A day by the sea

A day by the sea

Though Umbria is the only landlocked region of Italy, we go to the sea fairly regularly. Both the Mediterranean and the Adriatic sea are at about 1.5 to 2 hours driving. It is always a pleasure to walk by the sea, looking out for shells, enjoy the endless view, eat fresh seafood… – Posted by Saskia van der Bolt –

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Perugia in pictures

Perugia in pictures

We have been working together with a quite large blog about Italy in the Netherlands, creating a Perugia City Walk to download. For our Dutch readers: this city walk can be downloaded for little money from the Ciaotutti website where they also published very interesting city walks of other cities in Italy. If you are visiting Umbria in the future and would like to have more […]

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Father’s Day in Umbria Italy

Father’s Day in Umbria Italy

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 […]

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