July 29 2013 / Places

Arm Strongarms

Montone, Umbria

One can hardly imagine that this quiet hilltop town was once a warfaring medieval fortress belonging to the condottiero (Renaissance mercenary

July 23 2013 / Food & Wine

Tartufi.. here yet?


In early July, Severino and Italo, local farmers and passionate tartufari, were speculating on the debut of this summer’s scorzone (black summer

July 5 2013 / Events

Jazz Passione Takes Over Perugia

Perugia, Umbria

As he hobbled across the stage, head of fluffy white hair bobbing, clutching his sax, he brought the delirious crowds

June 28 2013 / Events

Festa della Lavanda

Castelnuovo di Assisi, Umbria

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June 27 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Hiding in Plain Sight: Citerna’s Donatello

Citerna, Umbria

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June 14 2013 / Events

Fire and Dew for San Giovanni

Grello, Umbria

In the tiny Umbrian mountain village, Grello (pop. 45), the celebrations around the solstice have no one standing still: young men

June 10 2013 / Food & Wine

What’s Brewing in Umbria?


Umbria is hopping the craft beer bandwagon, which took off in the US in the late 1980s and mushroomed in

May 30 2013 / Local Interest

Sant’Anatolia’s new museum

Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Umbria

As you come out of the 5-kilometer tunnel linking the Umbrian Valley to the Valnernina, you enter another world: poppies

May 21 2013 / Places

Another Leaning Tower…?

Vernazzano, Umbria

Maybe it was a fad. After all, the torre pendente (leaning tower) of Vernazzano is just across the border from

May 15 2013 / Local Interest

Passione for Journalism

Perugia, Umbria

As we waited to hear the panel discussion “Syria – civil war or media war?”, I asked Giacomo, a 24

May 13 2013 / Places

A Child’s View of Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

Children have a particular perspective and experience of Assisi. Follow along seeing this beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site through the

May 10 2013 / Places

Alviano back in shape..

Madonna del Porto, Umbria

Italy is best known for its art and culture (and, of course, food and wine), but the Bel Paese is

May 7 2013 / Food & Wine

Norcia’s place in the sun

Norcia, Umbria

(..part of this great series of five notes.) Cured pork and artisanal cheeses aren’t all Norcia has to offer: there are

May 3 2013 / Local Interest

A Sweet Life

Orvieto, Umbria

In this era of modern Italian coffee bars with free Wi-Fi, blasting music videos and blindingly bright florescent lighting, Scarponi

April 30 2013 / Places

Nothing missing in Vallo di Nera

Vallo di Nera, Umbria

We met ninety-four year old Settimio, out for his daily morning stroll, as we entered the charming Nera River Valley

April 17 2013 / Events

Giornata FAI di Primavera

Orvieto, Umbria

Since 1992, the first weekend of spring is marked by Giornata FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) Di Primavera (Day of Spring);

April 15 2013 / Local Interest

Village Ladies Perching Insieme

Piegaro, Umbria

…on benches, balconies, at windows and in doorways. Day and night in a small village, you will find the ladies

April 11 2013 / Food & Wine

La Roveja, che zuppa!

Cascia, Umbria

The coldest spring in fifty years calls for zuppa di roveja! We first tried this “bonta’” on an icy January

April 9 2013 / Local Interest

The Backyard Farmacista


You can’t take more than a few steps outside the door of any old stone farmhouse in the Umbrian countryside

April 4 2013 / Food & Wine

Hunting Season: Wild Asparagus


It was a chilly, wet spring day and I could see the clouds hanging low across the valley. My house,

March 28 2013 / Local Interest

Blessed Easter Abundance


Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’ll note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the

March 21 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Orvieto’s Hidden City

Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto, one of the most dramatically sited cities in Italy, is perched atop a massive cliff of volcanic rock called

March 15 2013 / Local Interest

Excitement in Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

In Assisi, euphoria reigns in the Sacro Convento – the Franciscan monastery attached to the 13th century Basilica di San