June 27 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Masterpiece at Your Feet

Spoleto, Umbria

This is the second installment in our mini-series of notes on Church floors! When you enter Spoleto’s majestic Duomo (also


May 29 2014 / Events

Where Wild Asparagus Reigns

Eggi, Umbria

Eggi (pop. about 400), medieval castle village near Spoleto, is celebrating la Sagra degli Asparagi triumphantly this year: with all the rain,


May 27 2014 / Local Interest

Glowing in Gubbio: Lusterware Ceramics

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio’s artistic ceramic production had its salad days in the 1500s under the direction of Mastro Giorgio Andreoli, who was


May 13 2014 / Events

La Grande Passione dei Piccoli

Umbria

Missing out on la passione, means missing the full Italian experience. La passione is in the Italian DNA. And that


February 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Time for Castagnole

Piegaro, Umbria

During the weeks of Carnevale, it is a tradition to eat a lot of sweets because we want to pig


February 11 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Bewitched

Foligno, Umbria

People might line up to see a president, to ask a star’s autograph, to shake hands with a music idol,


January 30 2014 / Food & Wine

The Torcolo of San Costanzo

Perugia, Umbria

The Torcolo di San Costanzo is a rich raisin, pinon, and citron-laden, sweet bread created in honor of San Costanzo,


January 29 2014 / Art & Archaeology

An Unexpected Artistic Pleasure

Brufa, Umbria

Exploring the area around Torgiano, world famous for its wine and bucolic hillsides studded with vineyards, the visitor may stumble


January 15 2014 / Events

Sant’Antonio’s Dish

Santa Maria degli Angeli, Umbria

“Che Sant’Antonio li benedica” (May St. Anthony bless them), an elderly signore murmured as he caressed the collies. Patron saint of


December 20 2013 / Events

Natale del Poverello

Assisi, Umbria

In Assisi, the contest of “presepi artistici” is on! The locals (including school classes) create cribs in every imaginable artistic


December 16 2013 / Food & Wine

Christmas Treats: Cappelletti

Umbria

Different cultures have unique ways of ringing in the holiday season, and in Umbria ladies across the region gather around


December 13 2013 / Local Interest

A Frame with a View

San Feliciano, Umbria

Can’t really remember what we were looking for, and we didn’t find it anyhow. But by that point, we were


December 10 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Angels and Demons in Orvieto’s Duomo

Orvieto, Umbria

Tucked into the Duomo of Orvieto is a most unusual and beautiful fresco cycle that will likely terrify as well


November 26 2013 / Food & Wine

Il Tacchino di Pino

Umbria

While personally we do celebrate Thanksgiving despite that fact that it is not a holiday here in Italy, we no


November 11 2013 / Local Interest

Castiglione del Lago: It’s for the Birds

Castiglion del Lago, Umbria

“It’s for the birds”. Well, it was almost “for the birds”, that medieval guard tower of Castiglione del Lago overlooking Lake


October 30 2013 / Food & Wine

When is a Knodel Not a Knodel?

Italy

When dumplings migrate from Germany into Italy they become canederli! Canederli are only found in the Alto Adige region of


October 29 2013 / Events

Saffron Takes Over

Citta' della Pieve, Umbria

Try to excise Italy from its culinary traditions? Impossible. Italians socialize over food, and live their town’s traditions through culinary


October 16 2013 / Places

The Sleeping Madonna of Canoscio

Fabbrecce, Umbria

Situated on top of the hill of Canoscio, which in Latin means luogo bianco (white place), is the Basilica Sanctuary of the


October 10 2013 / Food & Wine

In Umbrian Fig Heaven: Figs Everywhere!

Piegaro, Umbria

In the weekly markets, in the village alimentari (grocery store) and hiding beneath the large leaves of the trees surrounding Piegaro,


October 9 2013 / Local Interest

Note from a Papagirl

Assisi, Umbria

Daniela and Paola sipped cappuccini dreamily in “Papal euphoria” the day after Pope Francis’ visit to Assisi on October 4th.


July 31 2013 / Places

l’Eremo di Santa Maria Giacobbe

Pale, Umbria

When you run your eyes along Umbria’s mountain slopes, you will more often than not come across a stone building


July 29 2013 /

Caiporri 7

Città di Castello, Umbria

In the hamlet of Caiporri, surrounded by 4 hectares of land, we rent 3 homes – Upper Country House,  Medieval Tower