Umbrellas in Spring

June 10, 2014 / Local Interest
Passo di Cerventosa, Tuscany
cerase1The umbrella: a most necessary item when travelling through Italy at this time of year. Particularly useful when crossing from the Val Tiberina over the hills and dales (Tuscan pre-Apennines, to be exact) that literally drop you onto Cortona and the Val di Chiana below.

It is spring time after all, and it does obviously rain as the area is lush and cool. It makes sense to carry one along in the car, but not for the reasons you think.

Keep an eye out when you cross one of the many stone bridges over streams. You will often find cerase…¬†trees bearing small, delicious, bitter wild cherries, growing naturally along the banks. Just out of reach, of course.

Lucky you brought that umbrella…





by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

13 Responses to “Umbrellas in Spring”

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    Wonderful pictures! We will be back in September. Can’t wait!

  5. David Bridges

    My wife and I have eaten cherries like those when we were living in Tuscany. They are not sweet but they are quite tasty.

  6. We live in the next valley north. Umbrellas are usually useful for parachuting off Monte Genezzo or Castel Giudeo as it can be just a little windy up here! The Republic Day walks used to be held from Portole up and over the Francescan mule path to Teverina but the walkers got fed up with arriving for their pasta and porcetta pannino suffering from hypothermia. They have now moved to walk into the valley below Cortona!

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