Umbria Blog | visiting Norcia

Umbria Blog | visiting Norcia

The last time I was in Norcia was in 2015 two years ago. On a warm summer day I made some pictures of this typical village in the mountains. The Cathedral of Saint Benedict, the square, the statue and the lovely delicacy shops always had a special place in my heart. Norcia is the birthplace of Saint Benedict and is associated with traditional gastronomic products: […]

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Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Like every year around this time, the Giro d’Italia is going through Italy. On Tuesday May 16, 2017 is the 10th round of the Giro, a hilly trail in Umbria starting in Foligno. The first cyclist will start at 1:00 pm in Foligno next to the Duomo, and the last cyclist will finish in Montefalco at 5:15 pm, just outside the city walls. Before arriving […]

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Restaurant Pizzeria La Serra

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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Markets in Umbria Italy

Markets in Umbria Italy

One of the best places to find fresh fruit in Italy is the local market. There are many street markets in Umbria where vendors set up shop to sell super fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and cold cuts. Every week in every town or village there’s a local market with a variety of products for sale: not only food, but also clothing and footwear. Most […]

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Umbria Blog | White Truffle market in Città di Castello

Umbria Blog | White Truffle market in Città di Castello

Each year at the end of October Città di Castello celebrates the white truffle with a market dedicated to this precious delicacy. From October 28 to November 1, 2016 was the 37th edition of this truffle market, Il Tartufo Bianco. One sells not only white truffle from Umbria but also delicacies from other regions in Italy like herbs, Sicilian cannoli, olives from Puglia and much […]

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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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Città della Pieve in Umbria: saffron, restaurants and local feasts

Città della Pieve in Umbria: saffron, restaurants and local feasts

Città della Pieve is the town where the famous painter Perugino was born. On top of its hill, Città della Pieve looks out over the rolling hills of both Tuscany and Umbria. From here one can easily explore the area around Lake Trasimeno and Perugia. Città della Pieve is a bit different from other towns in the area because the houses are all built with […]

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Visit Foligno and the cathedral San Feliciano

Visit Foligno and the cathedral San Feliciano

Foligno is an important commercial and industrial city in Umbria. It is in the province of Perugia and is one of the largest cities in Umbria with its  50.000 residents. Why visit Foligno? Foligno is centrally located and hence ideal to explore the region of Umbria. From Foligno you are at a stone’s throw from Perugia, Assisi, Bevagna or Montefalco. It does not have the flair of an medieval […]

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Winter in Umbria

Winter in Umbria

It is winter in Umbria and very quiet indeed. Many shops in Castiglione del Lago are closed until Carnival, or even until the end of February. My home town is semi deserted now. During the weekly market there are less stalls, many stay at home because of the colder weather. Fortunately my fruit and vegetable stall from Cortona, and my chicken stall from Montepulciano are always […]

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Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina is a typical Umbrian pasta dish. The name derives from the small village Norcia. Norcia is in the Sibillini mountains and famous for its sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. People here are quite proud of their local kitchen and rightly so! Umbria also produces the best DOP olive oil of Italy, they say. Tonight I’ve prepared Pasta alla Norcina which is very […]

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