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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Museum of the mummies in Ferentillo

Museum of the mummies in Ferentillo

To me the Valnerina is Umbria’s greenest heart. The wild and rugged scenery in the Nera River Park, the tiny hilltop villages, the open views, the grazing cows on the fields and the green forests. This area is incomparable with other parts of Umbria. Unfortunately I don’t visit the Valnerina area enough, even though I love the Sibillini Mountains and hiking in the Nera River Park. Ferentillo is […]

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New holiday rental in Assisi

New holiday rental in Assisi

Assisi is built on the slopes of the mountain ‘Monte Subasio’. Since 1995 it is a protected nature reserve called the Parco del Monte Subasio. In this beautifully green mountain range there are small hamlets, here and there a restaurant, a local bar and quite some holiday rentals spread through the hills. A place where you find peace and harmony, like Saint Francis did 800 years […]

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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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Visiting Todi

Visiting Todi

Yesterday was a sunny day, perfect weather for a visit the medieval village of Todi where I hadn’t been for years. From the Porta Romana we walked up to the centre. It is about 20 minutes walking up hill to get to the centre of town. If you are not particularly fit, you may consider driving up. Todi is a beautiful hill town in the province of […]

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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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Strasimeno 2015 marathon

Strasimeno 2015 marathon

International Women’s day is annually held on March 8 “la Festa della Donna”. But today, March 8 2015, was also the day of the 14th edition of the Strasimeno 2015 ultramarathon in Umbria. You can choose up to five distances: 58 km run around the Trasimeno Lake; the marathon finishing in S. Arcangelo (42,195 km); 34 km San Feliciano, half marathon Passignano sul Trasimeno (21,097 km), […]

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Walking trail in Brufa, Perugia Umbria

Walking trail in Brufa, Perugia Umbria

Almost every Sunday I participate in a running race in Umbria. I always track the route with my Garmin Connect (navigation). Not only because I am curious about my finishing time, I also want to share the running and walking routes in this area. It has happened that the links to these running tracks cannot be opened. It is unclear why, I even contacted Garmin about […]

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Locanda al Castello di Sorci in Anghiari Tuscany

Locanda al Castello di Sorci in Anghiari Tuscany

Ok, this is not Umbria, but I really wanted to say something about this place. Castello di Sorci is an old farm “podere” in the Tuscan countryside, close to Arezzo. We went there for lunch with friends to celebrate Gianfranco’s 40th birthday. I was the only “Dutch – umbra” the rest of us was Tuscan. Anyhow, I enjoyed so much this lunch and the podere, that I […]

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Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi and Io e Te Gourmet

Spoleto Festival dei 2 Mondi and Io e Te Gourmet

This year will be the 57th edition of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi. Giancarlo Menotti founded this international festival. He was born on July 7, 1911 in Cadegliano Italy. When his father died, he moved with his mother to the USA. Although he referred to himself as an American composer, he has always kept his Italian citizenship. When his mother turned back to Italy, […]

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