Umbria Blog | Hannibal and the Romans at Lake Trasimeno

Umbria Blog | Hannibal and the Romans at Lake Trasimeno

At Lake Trasimeno an important historical event took place in the year 217 before Christ, during the second Punic war: Hannibal won from the Romans in a short but fierce battle in which the Roman Consul Caio Flaminio lost his life. We all know the story of Hannibal who left Cartago, the city destroyed by the Romans, to vindicate his people. He marched to Rome […]

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Umbria Blog | Bike trail Passignano sul Trasimeno

Umbria Blog | Bike trail Passignano sul Trasimeno

This Friday morning I thought the weekly market was in Passignano sul Trasimeno. From Castiglione del Lago, the small hamlet where I live, Passignano is only 20 km away. The bike tour along the lake also is an ideal track if you like running longer distances. I decided to take my bike and go to Passignano. The road is very easy and flat. Now that […]

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Umbria Blog | Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

Umbria Blog | Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

August 15 is a bank holiday in Italy: Ferragosto. This national holiday celebrates the Assumption of the virgin Mary into heaven, the day when Catholics believe that God took the body of Jesus’ mother Mary into heaven to reunite with her son. August is the traditional period for Italians to have their summer holidays. On August 15 many Italians go out for a picknick in […]

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Umbria Blog | visit La Pergola and eat like barbarians

Umbria Blog | visit La Pergola and eat like barbarians

Between Lake Trasimeno and Perugia are the holiday apartments of La Pergola. It has nine apartments and a large pool. At 4 km distance is Castel Rigone where you find a bakery, a bar and a grocery store. Friends of mine were on a holiday at La Pergola in apartment Orvieto. They were five adults and a baby. Of course I already knew the apartments, […]

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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 | Umbria in Vespa

Umbria Blog | Umbria in Vespa

It is nine years now that Umbria in Vespa rents out its scooters in Umbria. Claudia is the owner and she has a great passion for Vespas and for Italy. One day she decided to share her Vespa experiences and started her own scooter rental in Umbria. Claudia was the first in Umbria to manage a professional scooter rental. Her head office is in San […]

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Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria is the green heart of Italy and these green hills, the climate and the soil are excellent for making good wines. Abroad Umbrian wines are less known, which is a shame because the wines of this region are of high quality. In Umbria the Etruscans made wine two thousand years ago, but also the Romans in the 3rd century b.C. appreciated the wines. The […]

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Umbria Blog | Prehistory and the Abbey of Farneta

Umbria Blog | Prehistory and the Abbey of Farneta

On a beautiful sunny day in April I participated in a guided walk in the area of the Abbey of Farneta. Farneta is a small hamlet in the valley next to the Trasimeno lake in Umbria, the Val di Chiana. Coming from the A1 or from Siena, driving towards Lake Trasimeno and Perugia many times I just drove by and never bothered to take the […]

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Umbria Blog | Meeting our Belgian friends

Umbria Blog | Meeting our Belgian friends

Last year I’ve met some families from Belgium who stay in Montone, Umbria @ Montone Rental. It is one of their favorite holiday destinations in Italy. This agriturismo has a total of 5 rental units with shared pool, barbecue and tennis court. In August 2015 we went together for a wine tasting in Montepulciano where we drank a few glasses of quality wines before eating at the sagra in […]

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Visit the antique market in Arezzo, Tuscany

Visit the antique market in Arezzo, Tuscany

Every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday of the same weekend there is a large antique fair in the old town centre of Arezzo in Tuscany. Arezzo is only 40 minutes driving from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria and worth a visit on any day. For many people Arezzo became known due to the heart breaking movie of Roberto Begnini  “La Vita è bella“. […]

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