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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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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Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Olive harvest at Frantoio Loreti in Gualdo Tadino

Every year in October and November is the time to harvest the olives in Umbria. In 2014 we had a terrible harvest: a combination of bad weather (a mild winter and rain in summer) led to Italy’s most disastrous olive harvest. The olive fruit fly damaged the olives by leaving its larvae in the olive which destroyed the fruit. This year is going to be a […]

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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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Restaurant in Spoleto

Restaurant in Spoleto

The Summer is over and Autumn is here. Fall is the season of amazing seasonal food. October is the month of the grape harvest and November is the month of the new olive oil. This year is a very good year, the grapes are wonderful, and the olives didn’t suffer from insects or bad weather. We’ll have fantastic olive oil and good wine this year! […]

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