Umbria Blog | visit museum Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia

Umbria Blog | visit museum Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia

Perugia is a lovely city with many cosy squares and tiny alleyways. It is the chocolate-capital of Umbria. In the historical centre you can’t miss the antique churches, parks and medieval buildings with nice boutiques, good coffee bars and many shops. Perugia houses the most important art history museum of Umbria: La Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria. This museum has magnificent works, including important paintings ranging from […]

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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 | 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 | 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 | Restaurant Pizzeria La Serra

Umbria Blog | Restaurant Pizzeria La Serra

Everybody knows “pizza”. Maybe it is the most famous Italian dish in the world. Italians themselves love eating pizza. On every corner of the street you can get a slice, a “pizza al taglio”. The toppings on the pizza vary from fish to meat, from fresh fruit to only vegetables. La Serra is a restaurant-pizzeria outside the city centre of Perugia. La Serra literally means […]

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Umbria Blog | Perugia in a wheelchair

Umbria Blog | Perugia in a wheelchair

I visited Perugia with my parents and since my father has problems walking, he needs to use a wheelchair when going out for some sightseeing. It is not always evident whether it is easy to visit sights in a wheelchair, especially if you do not know the area but Perugia’s old city centre is quite accessible in a wheelchair. To arrive in the city centre […]

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Eurochocolate in Perugia "da leccarsi i baffi"

Eurochocolate in Perugia "da leccarsi i baffi"

Eurochocolate in Perugia Umbria is one of the most important chocolate events in Italy. It is a walhalla for “chocoholics” like me. Every year in October Perugia is transformed into a chocolate city. Perugia is not only famous because of its university but also for its production of the famous “Baci” (kisses) Perugina. The chocolat factory and its museum are just outside the city centre, […]

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Deruta ceramics

Deruta ceramics

Though I know Umbria quite well, in all these years I had never been to Deruta. Deruta is a medieval village close to Perugia, along the E45 highway, and famous for it’s hand painted pottery, majolica and ceramics. I went to see it all with my own eyes on a sunny Saturday early April and wasn’t disappointed. Nothing much is known of the early history […]

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Father’s Day in Umbria

Father’s Day in Umbria

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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A walk along the Trasimeno Lake

A walk along the Trasimeno Lake

We spent our holidays in Holland with friends and family. It seems ages ago, but it is only about 10 days ago that we came back to Umbria. Time flies when you are busy! The weather is very pleasant at the moment, chilly mornings but splendid sunshine during the day, a clear blue sky and birds twinkling. It is almost like spring, we even spotted the first […]

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