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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Visiting Sansepolcro and Anghiari in Tuscany

Visiting Sansepolcro and Anghiari in Tuscany

At just 15 minutes driving from Città di Castello in the North of Umbria are the towns of Sansepolcro and Anghiari. Both are situated close to the E45, just over the border in Tuscany. Sansepolcro Sansepolcro is in the valley and the largest of the two towns. In the 11th century, two pelgrims on their return from the Holy Land founded an Abbey here. The […]

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Cortona in winter

Cortona in winter

At a stone’s throw from Lake Trasimeno in Umbria is the Tuscan town of Cortona. For many people abroad this town has become known by the book of Francis Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun. Living in the area I wasn’t too impressed by it, but it attracted a lot of visitors to Cortona. At the time of the film shooting I worked nearby Cortona. The […]

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Farm in Cortona

Farm in Cortona

Friends of mine have a farm in the countryside near Cortona in Tuscany, close to Umbria. I’ve seen agriturismo’s in Italy, but never a farm where people keep Chianina cows, rabbits and chickens! This farm does not have apartments for rent, they live from the produce of their land. The rabbits and chickens live free in the countryside. The Chianina cows stay inside with enough space to move around, […]

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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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Changes …

Changes …

After totally ignoring this blog for several months (oooops!) … it is time to announce the reason why! I (Willemijn) am leaving Villa in Umbria and am also moving. Villa in Umbria will continue and from now onwards the blogs here will be written by Saskia and Sylvia. I am going to live near Florence and I will have to totally reinvent what I will […]

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