Montefalco, the balcony of Umbria
Dutch friends of mine came to Umbria and stayed near Spoleto, a lovely town to spend some days in Umbria.
It had been a while that we saw each other and we decided to catch up and meet in Montefalco. Montefalco is known as the “balcony of Umbria”. It is a very beautiful medieval walled town. From the village you have breathtaking views of the Umbrian landscape.
We went for a wine tasting to the cantina Colle Ciocco. Lamberto Spacchetti is the owner of Colle Ciocco. I know him since I came to Umbria for the first time, about 20 years ago. The family Spacchetti makes very good wines and delicious olive oil.
We tasted some typical Umbrian wine, like the Montefalco Rosso, the white Grechetto and the red Sagrantino! Sagrantino di Montefalco wine is made of 100% Sagrantino grapes and only produced in this area, a typically Umbrian wine of great quality.
At walking distance from the city centre of Montefalco we rent apartments with swimming pool that have a great view over the valley. The owners of these apartments run a lovely restaurant also in the centre of Montefalco, Coccorone, which has a certificate of excellence on Tripadvisor and a winebar with a terrace on the main square, Federico Secondo.
This time, though, we decided to have dinner at another restaurant where I participated in a cooking course a few years ago: L’Alchimista. Patrizia is the chef of L’Alchimista. She taught us how to make gnocchi and “piccione cotto in forno” – dove cooked in the oven. The menu is mainly based on seasonal and biological products.