Craft beer tasting in Nocera Umbra, San Biagio

Craft beer tasting in Nocera Umbra, San Biagio

With Belgium guests and friends of Villa in Umbria we went to a craft beer cellar in Nocera Umbria, San Biagio. Nocera Umbra is only 25 km away from Assisi. Giovanni, the owner of San Biagio, brews craft beer. He uses local water of Nocera Umbra with local beer ingedrients: malt, hops and yeast. Brewing beer is not very complicated, they say. The basic beer ingedrients […]

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Norcia and Castelluccio di Norcia

Norcia and Castelluccio di Norcia

For this blog post I went to Norcia. Norcia is in the mountains in the east of Umbria, almost in the Marche. Many people know Norcia for its meats and culinary specialties: pork, black truffle, lentils and wild boar. But, Norcia is also famous for St. Benedict. Benedict was born in 480 in Nursia, what is now Norcia in Umbria. St. Benedict is the founder of the […]

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Deruta ceramics

Deruta ceramics

Though I know Umbria quite well, in all these years I had never been to Deruta. Deruta is a medieval village close to Perugia, along the E45 highway, and famous for it’s hand painted pottery, majolica and ceramics. I went to see it all with my own eyes on a sunny Saturday early April and wasn’t disappointed. Nothing much is known of the early history […]

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Visiting Todi

Visiting Todi

Yesterday was a sunny day, perfect weather for a visit the medieval village of Todi where I hadn’t been for years. From the Porta Romana we walked up to the centre. It is about 20 minutes walking up hill to get to the centre of town. If you are not particularly fit, you may consider driving up. Todi is a beautiful hill town in the province of […]

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Spring in Umbria

Spring in Umbria

I am training for the Rotterdam marathon. I need to run long distances in this period. It is important that I follow my training schedule before running the marathon as well as eat and rest properly. With work and other responsibilities this is not always easy but I like it and I love running. The winter months in Umbria were cold and wet and I do not like running at […]

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Strasimeno 2015 marathon

Strasimeno 2015 marathon

International Women’s day is annually held on March 8 “la Festa della Donna”. But today, March 8 2015, was also the day of the 14th edition of the Strasimeno 2015 ultramarathon in Umbria. You can choose up to five distances: 58 km run around the Trasimeno Lake; the marathon finishing in S. Arcangelo (42,195 km); 34 km San Feliciano, half marathon Passignano sul Trasimeno (21,097 km), […]

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Spello and its new olive oil

Spello and its new olive oil

Last weekend Spello celebrated its new olive oil with the Frantoi Aperti. Every year in November this event promotes Umbria’s DOP extra virgin olive oil. The event dedicated to the new olive oil is called Oro di Spello: Spello’s gold. Its 17th edition transformed this mediaval hill town into a place of theaters, open markets, art, traditional Umbrian song and dance performances, olive oil tastings (bruschetta […]

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Monte del Lago

Monte del Lago

On a Sunday morning I went for my Italian breakfast, cappuccino and cornetto, to Michele & Co. My favorite bar in Castiglione del Lago. From the outside you wouldn’t see that Michele & Co is a well known place where you can eat and drink. It even looks like an old garage (which it once was). But clearly the Umbrians (with their Ferrari’s) know this place! Every Sunday morning […]

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Walking trail in Brufa, Perugia Umbria

Walking trail in Brufa, Perugia Umbria

Almost every Sunday I participate in a running race in Umbria. I always track the route with my Garmin Connect (navigation). Not only because I am curious about my finishing time, I also want to share the running and walking routes in this area. It has happened that the links to these running tracks cannot be opened. It is unclear why, I even contacted Garmin about […]

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Information running, biking and hiking trails in Umbria

Information running, biking and hiking trails in Umbria

We do not only rent apartments and villas from owners in Umbria, we also like to give information to everyone about things to do. This region has so much to offer. Besides visiting medieval villages like Assisi, Perugia, Montefalco, Spoleto, Orvieto you can also do a lot of sports. For example mountain biking in the green hills, hiking in the Monti Sibillini mountains, walking or […]

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