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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Visit La Badia in S. Arcangelo

Visit La Badia in S. Arcangelo

On a cloudy day we visited an ancient monastery dating back to the year 1000 overlooking Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. This restored abby “La Badia” has 16 apartments of which two are are made where once the wine cellars were. The convent is in S. Arcangelo, Magione and surrounded by age old olive trees. S. Arcangelo is a small village along the Trasimeno Lake. From the abby you have […]

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MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany

MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany

A visit to the MAEC museum in Cortona.

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Ristorante Pizzeria Il Vecchio Mulino

Ristorante Pizzeria Il Vecchio Mulino

Il Vecchio Mulino has a name in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, where I live. This pizzeria already exists from the late seventies and it is some years now that the current owners Luciana and Raffaele took over.  We regularly eat here but it never occurred to me to dedicate a blog to this restaurant, but now here it is: It is a large restaurant build in […]

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Christmas in Castel Rigone Umbria

Christmas in Castel Rigone Umbria

It’s Christmas time! In many towns in Umbria there are cosy Christmas markets to buy souvenirs, taste local products and drink a warm glass of “vin brulè” mulled wine. Also in Castiglione del Lago, the small village where I live, the shops in the main street are filled with Christmas lights. Locals and craftsmen showcase and sell their products and local cuisine. This weekend I’ve been to the Christmas market […]

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Risotto ai Funghi Porcini recipe

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini recipe

Funghi porcini, or Boletus Edulis, is a wild mushroom which is not too difficult to find in the forests in Italy. Many go out to find these precious mushrooms, often just after the summer season in September and October. Once I accompanied a friend into the forest in Trentino to find funghi porcini. One fine Autumn day we started early in the morning in the […]

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Sara the Dachshund

Sara the Dachshund

Sara is a well know dachshund in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria. The owners of Sara have an Italian delicacy shop in the city centre, called La Dispensa del Lago. Every day you find the dachshund in the shop, hidden under a cupboard. But when somebody passes by to hug her, she runs in and out of the shop from happiness. I often pass by to play with Sara. La […]

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Running in Acquaviva, Tuscany

Running in Acquaviva, Tuscany

Every year in September one celebrates the saint San Vittorino in Acquaviva. San Vittorino is the patron saint of this small village close to Montepulciano in Tuscany and at a stone’s throw from the Trasimeno Lake in Umbria. Acquaviva is surrounded by vineyards where the grapes for the “Nobile di Montepulciano” grow. During the feast there are a lot of stands where you can get things […]

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Isola Maggiore and Ristorante Oso

Isola Maggiore and Ristorante Oso

Last week we went to our favourite restaurant on the island Isola Maggiore on Lake Trasimeno: Ristorante l’Oso. The  boat trip to get to the island, the island itself and the excellent food always make up for a day to remember when we have guests, especially on a sunny day. This time we decided not to take the usual ferry, but we wanted to try the […]

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Ristorante Antica Dogana

Ristorante Antica Dogana

Last week we “rediscovered” a restaurant in our area. It is situated on a beautiful spot overlooking Lake Trasimeno. For years it did not have a regular chef and as a result clients became scarse. It is three years now that chef Stefano took over and slowly but surely people are returning and with good reason. The menu as well as the wines are interesting and […]

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