July 20 2016 / Events

The “Fading” (?!) Colors of Castelluccio

Castelluccio, Umbria

As he served us his mother’s Umbrian goodness on the terrace overlooking Castelluccio’s flowering Piano Grande (“Great Plain” – about


July 5 2016 / Food & Wine

Lunch at an Umbrian Vineyard

Amelia, Umbria

A few months ago, having been invited to sample the delights of the Terni region of Umbria, I was part


May 27 2016 / Food & Wine

Cantine Aperte, Cuori Aperti

Amelia, Umbria

Italians are known for opening home and heart to visitors. And Italy’s wine cellars will be opening their doors and


April 8 2016 / Food & Wine

Seeking that Wild Asparagus Bliss

Scratched arms and legs, thorn-pricked hands and itchy, sweaty skin can all herald bliss: when you scramble up out of


March 24 2016 / Art & Archaeology

Le Virtu’ Cardinali

Perugia, Umbria

One entrance of the Palazzo dei Priori (lit. Palace of the First-Citizens, aka town hall)… …is to the Collegio del


March 18 2016 / Food & Wine

La Polentata: a Cornmeal Communion

Assisi, Umbria

– Local knowledge such as this is the heart and fun of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture Tour “Feast of


March 17 2016 / Places

Il Pozzo di San Patrizio

Orvieto, Umbria

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March 14 2016 / Places

A Visit to Amelia

Amelia, Umbria

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February 19 2016 / Food & Wine

Peppa to the (Wine) Rescue!

Umbria, Italia

– Stories such as this are the heart and fun of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture Tour “Feast of Umbrian


January 29 2016 / Food & Wine

Cicerchie: A Filling Breakfast Soup

Assisi, Umbria

– Recipes and stories such as this are the heart and fun (and taste!) of Anne’s U.S. Cooking and Lecture


November 11 2015 / Places

Todi, a Jewel in Umbria

Todi, Umbria

In reverse chronological order Garibaldi and the Red Shirts, the Goths, Romans, the Etruscans, and originally the Umbri were just


July 23 2015 / Local Interest

Reflection on the Hill of Hell

Assisi, Umbria

At the base of a mountain upon which is perched the ancient city of Assisi one sees what in olden


July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio

Castelluccio, Umbria

(…cont’d from here.) …and no visit to Castelluccio is complete without a bowl of hearty zuppa di lenticchie, accompanied by


July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Umbrian Lentil Soup

Umbria

For about 6 persons Ingredients: 1 lb lentils 1 carrot, finely-chopped 1 medium-sized stalk of celery, finely-chopped 1 small white


July 10 2015 / Events

Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande

Piano Grande, Umbria

Only mozzafiato (literally, “cutting off, truncating your breath”; more visceral than the English, “breathless”) can describe your first site of


July 8 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Pain in the Neck Grotesque

Assisi, Umbria

Given the relatively low vault and shallow depth of the loggia of the Palazzo del Comune (right across from Santa


June 24 2015 / Places

Montefalco – the Green Heart of Italy

Montefalco, Umbria

19th century poet, Giosué Carducci, called Umbria il cuor verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy. As the only landlocked