Staying in Montone

Staying in Montone

Not everybody knows the cute little town of Montone in Umbria. It is a small jewel not far from Umbertide in the North of Umbria. It is officially one of the ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia’, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. We organised a wine tasting here some years ago at the restaurant Tipico Montone. Sue and Chris from the UK are the […]

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Villa La Camilla near Todi

Villa La Camilla near Todi

The winter months are sliding by and unfortunately we are all still in full or partial lockdown. This makes it difficult for us to go out for new blog stories. We have asked for the help of the home owners and in the coming blogs will publish their stories, about their own home and the surrounding area. We start with Camilla and Otello from Villa […]

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Delicious Spring recipe: risotto with asparagus

Delicious Spring recipe: risotto with asparagus

Spring It is spring and now that we are all at home, we have a delicious vegetarian recipe for you Risotto agli asparagi or Risotto with asparagus. During spring season in Italy one can find wild asparagus in woods and fields. You need to understand what to look for though! Watch this video on how to find wild asparagus. But now that we are all at […]

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How to get to Umbria

How to get to Umbria

People often ask us “How do I get to Umbria?”. In this blog post you will find the answer to that question with our personal tips about traffic and public transport in Italy. The region Umbria Umbria is one of the smallest regions in Italy on the border of Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche where around nine hundred thousand people live. It is the only […]

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Chiesa del Carmine estate

Chiesa del Carmine estate

In the north of Umbria in a green valley is the Chiesa del Carmine estate. In this area are charming villas, authentic farmhouses and old churches set in gentle green hills. Chiesa del Carmine is an ancient church at the centre of the Carmine estate. History The total dimension of the Chiesa del Carmine estate is about 5 hectares consisting of woods and vineyards based […]

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The medieval town of Gubbio

The medieval town of Gubbio

At the foothill of the Ingino Mountain rises the ancient medieval town of Gubbio. Like Deruta, Gubbio is known for its majolica ceramics. Gubbio was founded by the Umbrians in the 3rd century b.C. before becoming a Roman city in the 1st-century a.C. In the 11th century, the city gained its independence and has had its times of glory during the Middle Ages. In this […]

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Archery tournament in Todi

Archery tournament in Todi

Archery tournament During the weekend of March 25-26 there was an Archery Tournament in Todi: Todi la Città degli Arcieri. Now you wonder what’s so special about that? It is very special: all archers are in medieval outfit! It is a serious tournament with archers from all over Italy and all come rigorously dressed in a medieval outfit, to the smallest detail. Throughout the small […]

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Walking with Anime Pioniere

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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Perugia in a wheelchair

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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Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

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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