Narni

Narni

Narni, in Latin language Narnia, is a town close to Terni in the south of Umbria. It is the geographic center of Italy, located high on a mountain overlooking the valley where Terni is situated. There are lots of forests surrounding the town and the name immediately recalls the famous book by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. According to the biography of C.S. Lewis […]

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Visit the Rocca Maggiore in Assisi

Visit the Rocca Maggiore in Assisi

The Rocca Maggiore is a fortress that stands on a hill above the town Assisi. The castle can be reached from the Piazza del Comune where signs lead you up to the top of the hill. It is quite a climb, however the views make it worthwhile. At the top of this suggestive city the views over Assisi and the surrounding Umbrian landscape are amazing.  […]

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Pozzo di San Patrizio in Orvieto

Pozzo di San Patrizio in Orvieto

Pozzo di San Patrizio Orvieto has a very special water well, the Pozzo di San Patrizio. This well is located next to the Fortezza Albornoz on the Piazza Cahen where you arrive by cog railway. The 62-meter-deep well was commissioned by Pope Clement VII and named after Saint Patrick, San Patrizio. The well was designed by architect Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. The Pope stayed […]

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Wine tasting at Tenuta Castelbuono

Wine tasting at Tenuta Castelbuono

Tenuta Castelbuono in Bevagna Tenuta Castelbuono is a modern winery in Bevagna where you can participate in a wine tasting but only upon reservation.  The modern architecture is in stark contrast with medieval Bevagna. Wine and modern architecture is an interesting combination to experience! The Italian architect Arnaldo Pomodoro is famous in Italy and is the designer of Tenuta Castelbuono. The sculpture has the shape […]

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Experience Montepulciano with a local

Experience Montepulciano with a local

Experience Montepulciano’s beauty and traditions during wonderful (online) wine and run experiences. Meet sommelier Sylvia and enjoy the good things Montepulciano has to offer. Virtual Noble Wine Tasting Experience The Virtual Noble Wine Tasting Experience is in Montepulciano. I have welcomed many people in the Gattavecchi winery last year. Cantina Gattavecchi opened its doors again on June 20. With this free online wine experience I […]

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The best activities in Umbria during the new normal

The best activities in Umbria during the new normal

The new normal in Umbria By now, we are back to a relatively normal life in Umbria and getting used to the social distancing. The idea of this blog occurred to me thanks to one of our guests coming to Umbria this summer. What to do in Umbria when you should keep your distance? In this blog you will find our suggestions for the best […]

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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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5 things to do in Todi, Umbria

5 things to do in Todi, Umbria

A while ago, we visited Todi in Umbria during the Archery tournament that takes place each spring. In this blog, we again take you to this quaint medieval town in Umbria and suggest ‘5 things to do in Todi’. Todi Todi (ancient Tuder) is a small elegant hilltop town that dominates the Tiber valley. It has retained three sets of walls dating from the Etruscan, […]

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Chianina and Cinta Senese tour in Tuscany

Chianina and Cinta Senese tour in Tuscany

For a change we went on a Chianina and Cinta Senese tour in Tuscany to discover an organic farm that raises Chianina calfs and Cinta Senese pigs. The most valuable beef steak in Italy comes from the white Chianina cows. Chianina is also called the “white giant” because of the white color and the huge size. The homeland of this magnificent animal is the Valdichiana […]

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