Umbria Blog | Christmas in Paciano and Panicale

Umbria Blog | Christmas in Paciano and Panicale

On December 8 is the yearly Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Italy. The day before in every small town or city the Italian people prepare the Christmas tree. Many activities and festivities are held around the Christmas season. The squares are transformed into a mix of lights and stalls where vendors sell their handmade gifts. Yearly I visit the Christmas markets in Assisi and Perugia, […]

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Umbria Blog | a yearly market in Todi ‘San Martino’

Umbria Blog | a yearly market in Todi ‘San Martino’

The medieval town of Todi is situated on top of a hill overlooking the surrounding green hills.  Except for the 16th Century Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, the musea, the cosy squares and the old houses are almost all inside the antique city walls. Quite a few activities and events are organised in Todi, like the yearly market on November 11th, Saint Martin’s day. […]

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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 | Umbria in Vespa

Umbria Blog | Umbria in Vespa

It is nine years now that Umbria in Vespa rents out its scooters in Umbria. Claudia is the owner and she has a great passion for Vespas and for Italy. One day she decided to share her Vespa experiences and started her own scooter rental in Umbria. Claudia was the first in Umbria to manage a professional scooter rental. Her head office is in San […]

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Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria is the green heart of Italy and these green hills, the climate and the soil are excellent for making good wines. Abroad Umbrian wines are less known, which is a shame because the wines of this region are of high quality. In Umbria the Etruscans made wine two thousand years ago, but also the Romans in the 3rd century b.C. appreciated the wines. The […]

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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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Umbria Blog | Markets in Umbria Italy

Umbria Blog | 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 | Perugia in a wheelchair

Umbria Blog | Perugia in a wheelchair

Visiting Perugia in a wheelchair is not as easy as one would expect, but here are some suggestions that make it quite worthwhile. I visited Perugia with my parents and since my father has problems walking, he needs to use a wheelchair when going out for some sightseeing. It is not always evident whether it is easy to visit sights in a wheelchair, especially if […]

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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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Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Every day in the newspaper, or on television we still see images and interviews with journalists, politicians and locals about the earthquake on 24 August. Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto are destroyed. Also buildings in Norcia, Umbria have been damaged. Many people who survived the earthquake live now in tents, but will soon move to hotels and institutions before winter sets in. In many restaurants in […]

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