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


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


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


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


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?


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