Umbria Blog | restaurant in Terni La Piazzetta

Umbria Blog | restaurant in Terni La Piazzetta

Terni is in the southern part of Umbria. It is the smaller of the two provinces in the region Umbria and a modern, dynamic city, rebuilt after the Second World War. Terni now is a culinary destination with many trendy bars and restaurants. The busiest area is Via Cavour and Via Roma. Every weekend the streets are filled with people eating and drinking outside. In […]

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Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

UNTO stands for Unesco, Natura, Territorio, Olio and is an event in Assisi where the new DOP Umbrian olive oil is celebrated. UNTO is organised around the Frantoi Aperti from October 28 to November 26, 2017. In Umbria this is the period that the olives are picked and the new olive oil is being pressed. Olive oil mills open their doors and  many activities are […]

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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 | 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 | 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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Umbria Blog | Feast of San Lorenzo

Umbria Blog | Feast of San Lorenzo

Each August on the 10th is the feast of San Lorenzo “calici di stelle”. An evening of celebrations throughout Italy. This feast is not well known outside Italy. In this period of August, and especially around the 12th of August rather than the 10th, is the best time to admire the shooting stars, also called the tears of San Lorenzo. When you see a falling […]

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Sagrantino di Montefalco

Sagrantino di Montefalco

Last week I was invited to come to Montefalco where the owners of La Vigna, an agriturismo near Saragano in Umbria, were to expose their wines at Enologica. This is a wine tasting event to celebrate the grape harvest and the production of yet again new top wines in the Montefalco area. The wines of La Vigna or Il Torrione have become quality wines. They produce […]

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Montefalco, the balcony of Umbria

Montefalco, the balcony of Umbria

Dutch friends of mine came to Umbria and stayed near Spoleto, a lovely town to spend some days in Umbria. It had been a while that we saw each other and we decided to catch up and meet in Montefalco. Montefalco is known as the “balcony of Umbria”. It is a very beautiful medieval walled town. From the village you have breathtaking views of the Umbrian landscape. We went for a […]

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wine tasting in San Gemini Umbria

wine tasting in San Gemini Umbria

Maybe the wine production in Umbria is limited but the wine itself is excellent. The prices are good, Umbria is a great place for wine lovers! Orvieto’s white wines and the Montefalco Sagrantino wines are some of Italy’s best known wines. This time we headed out to the south of Umbria, cantina Ponteggia in San Gemini. A place close to the city of Terni and the […]

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