Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

I often receive newsletters and activities from the Oasi La Valle, a nature reserve at Lake Trasimeno and a paradise for bird watchers. This time I found an invitation in my mailbox to join a walk organised by a fairly new organisation called Anime Pioniere. They organise walks in nature often in lesser known areas along the Umbria Tuscany border: Trasimeno, Cortona, Città di Castello, […]

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Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer. Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for […]

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Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

The Italian word for the grape harvest is “vendemmia”. The vendemmia calendar in Umbria and South Tuscany is in late September, early October. In other parts of Italy this may be different, but early to mid fall is the period in Umbria and Tuscany. In September we’ve had good weather in Umbria. Antonio, the wine maker and owner of Il Torrione, started with harvesting early October. […]

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Discover Fabro in the west of Umbria

Discover Fabro in the west of Umbria

Fabro Fabro is a small medieval hilltop village in West Umbria, close to the Tuscan border. It is a small village, but the views from Fabro over the Umbrian countryside make it worth the effort. There are narrow and charming streets with a few bars where locals drink their daily coffee or glass of wine. Fabro is a municipality in the province of Terni, and […]

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A good restaurant in Montone, Umbria

A good restaurant in Montone, Umbria

Montone maintains a typical medieval atmosfere. This wonderful hilltop village in the North of Umbria must be one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. From its ancient walls one can admire the green surroundings and wonderful nature. Montone is a small peace of heaven and for those who love walking, food and culture, this village is the place to be. Montone is 100% Umbria […]

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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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Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

This was the second time I participated in the half marathon Invernalissima. Two years ago I participated and last weekend again. Inverno means winter, hence the name for this race. Invernalissima is a half marathon which always takes place in Umbria before Christmas. It was cold during the race without any sunshine and lots of mist. There were about 1700 participants. The start was 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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Sara the Dachshund

Sara the Dachshund

Sara is a well know dachshund in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria. The owners of Sara have an Italian delicacy shop in the city centre, called La Dispensa del Lago. Every day you find the dachshund in the shop, hidden under a cupboard. But when somebody passes by to hug her, she runs in and out of the shop from happiness. I often pass by to play with Sara. La […]

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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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