Umbria Blog | Festa della Cipolla Cannara

Umbria Blog | Festa della Cipolla Cannara

La Festa della Cipolla in Cannara is a big food event at the end of the Umbrian summer. It has become quite famous amongst Italians who travel from far to participate. The small village of Cannara is situated in the valley not far from the famous town of Assisi and near the cosy village of Spello. Every year the smell of baked and cooked onion […]

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Umbria Blog | Restaurant Bistro Porta Senese in Castiglione del Lago

Umbria Blog | Restaurant Bistro Porta Senese in Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago Castiglione del Lago is on the eastern shores of lake Trasimeno. It used to be an island, the fourth island of Lake Trasimeno. Now it is a peninsula with its castle overlooking the lake. The town is surrounded by its fortified and castellated walls with three gateways, a main street and a piazza. In high season many tourists spend a lot of […]

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Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

UNTO stands for Unesco, Natura, Territorio, Olio and is an event in Assisi where the new DOP Umbrian olive oil is celebrated. UNTO is organised around the Frantoi Aperti from October 28 to November 26, 2017. In Umbria this is the period that the olives are picked and the new olive oil is being pressed. Olive oil mills open their doors and  many activities are […]

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Umbria Blog | Pizzeria Calandrino in Castiglione del Lago

Umbria Blog | 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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Umbria Blog | Massimo’s Truffle Book

Umbria Blog | Massimo’s Truffle Book

Massimo Fignani is chef-cook and he owns an organic farm in Tuscany. The farm produces Italian products like truffle and Lardo di Colonnata IGP. Massimo was present at the yearly Christmas market in Siena, Il Mercato nel Campo. On a portable electric cooktop he prepared the most delicious pasta dishes with truffle sauce. I have made a video of Massimo in which he explains the story of the […]

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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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New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

New Year’s drink with Dutch residents in Umbria

Last week we received an invitation for the Dutch New Year’s drink in Mugnano, Umbria, the town of the painted walls. All Dutch people who live in Umbria and Tuscany were invited. A very nice initiative! Sometimes you see posts on the social media from Dutch in Italy, but you don’t actually know these people, until yesterday. After my morning run in Assisi I went […]

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Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina recipe

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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Holiday in Puglia and ristoro in Colfiorito, Umbria

Holiday in Puglia and ristoro in Colfiorito, Umbria

At the beginning of September I enjoyed a week’s holiday in Puglia. More precisely in the Gargano, the peninsula just above Italy’s heel in the north of Puglia. The spur of the boot, so to say. This is the province of Foggia where there also is the sanctuarium of Padre Pio. For me it was the first time I went to the south of Italy […]

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Pasticceria GMB near Castiglione del Lago

Pasticceria GMB near Castiglione del Lago

I believe I mentioned this ‘heaven on earth for sweet tooths like me’ before. However this time I have made some pictures … the pictures make my mouth water, so maybe I (or at least my body) am lucky not living close to this pasticceria. Apart from the ideal coffee/tea break, you can also enjoy a decent lunch here. Pasticceria GMB Via Zona Industriale Pucciarelli […]

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