As the endless Indian Summer bids adieu, Umbria invites the crisp and colorful embrace of autumn. The landscape transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of fiery foliage, while the aroma of traditional Umbrian dishes fills the air. Among the highlights of this vibrant season is the annual Festa del Bosco, a celebration of autumn like no other.
Montone, one of Italy’s two hundred and fifty villages graced with the prestigious Bandiera Arancione, Orange Flag, from the Touring Club Italiano, is a place where time seems to stand still. This picturesque village is also adorned with the title of ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia‘, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Montone is a double awardee and a true gem nestled within Umbria’s rolling hills.
The Festa del Bosco
Every year by the end of October Montone will come alive with the Festa del Bosco. This five-day extravaganza is your gateway to the heart and soul of Umbria. Delve into a world of traditional crafts, savor the delectable flavors of Umbria, and support local artisans.
Over 70 exhibitors will tempt your taste buds with mouthwatering delights, from porchetta sandwiches to roasted chestnuts, and wines and artisanal beers crafted with love and precision. Entertainment abounds with concerts and captivating theater performances. Explore the lush countryside with organized walks, or even venture on horseback.
Wine tasting at Poggio Maiolo
Near Montone lies Poggio Maiolo, a family-run agricultural paradise spanning over 45 hectares in the Valle del Carpina. Here, vineyards, truffle orchards, and olive trees create a haven for food enthusiasts. The farm also cultivates lentils and wheat. To truly appreciate their passion and dedication, book a tasting experience. The charming sisters, Alessia and Valeria, will guide you through their estate, sharing their stories and expertise on their wines and other exquisite products.
Indulge Your Palate in Montone
Montone boasts a selection of exceptional dining options that cater to various tastes. If you seek culinary excellence, La Locanda del Capitano, overseen by acclaimed chef Giancarlo Polito, is your place to be. It has been honored with a place in the prestigious Michelin Guide.
For those in search of culinary delights without breaking the bank, Tipico is a fantastic choice. Collaborating with Locanda del Capitano, it’s the first sharing restaurant in Umbria. We’ve previously sung the praises of Tipico Osteria in our blog.
Erba Luna holds a special place in the hearts of Chris and Sue, who’ve cherished their holiday home in Montone for years. It’s a beloved local restaurant that promises a delightful dining experience.
The Festa del Bosco is an immersion into the soul of Umbria, a journey that captures the essence of this beautiful region in every way. Come, savor the season, and create memories to cherish in Montone.