Umbria Blog | A day trip to Siena

Umbria Blog | A day trip to Siena

There are a lot of wonderful places to visit when you’re on a holiday in Umbria. If you’re staying in Perugia or around the Trasimeno Lake even a visit to Siena in Tuscany is quite easy to organise. Siena is one of the most wonderful villages in Tuscany with many good restaurants in its historical centre. Planning a visit to Siena can also include a […]

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Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

The Bravio delle Botti or the race of the barrels, is an annual race in Montepulciano Tuscany on the last Sunday of August. The Bravio used to be a horse race, but since Montepulciano is famous for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in 1974 the idea was born to run with wine barrels instead. The different quarters of Montepulciano compete against each other to win […]

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Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

The 2nd of June is the “Festa della Repubblica” and is an annual bank holiday in Italy. In 1946 a referendum was held on 2nd and 3rd of June in which people were asked which form of state they wanted after the fall of fascism. Italy became a republic and to this day the 2nd of June is a bank holiday, the “Festa della Repubblica”. […]

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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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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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MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany

MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany

A visit to the MAEC museum in Cortona.

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Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

January 6, Epiphany is an important holiday in Italy. It is the day that the Three Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Traditionally it is the Befana who brings sweets and gifts to children in Italy on January 6th. That morning I had a training with my friends in Chiusi, Tuscany. During the Christmas holidays I only ran three times, hardly worth mentioning, so it was about […]

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Halloween in Italy

Halloween in Italy

Chiusi is one of these typical hilltop towns in the South Tuscany, on the Umbria/Tuscany border. It used to be an Etruscan city. Chiusi overlooks the valley of Valdichiana. Chiana used to be a side river of the Tiber. Lake Chiusi and Lake Montepulciano are two important wetlands close to Chiusi. The lakes are wonderful. This area attracts many tourists for a scroll along the lake, a bike tour or […]

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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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sagra and wine tasting in Montepulciano

sagra and wine tasting in Montepulciano

Last weekend we organized a spontaneous wine tasting for a group of Belgian guests. Five families and friends who were in Italy for the first time. Every year they go on holiday together and this time they decided to come to Umbria to Montone Rental. They contacted us for information about sagra’s or a winetasting. A sagra is a typical Italian event, which is very […]

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