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  • Umbria’s liquid green gold: olive oil

    When you travel through Valle Umbra, you will always be surrounded by olive trees. Even if you look at this part of Umbria on Google Earth you will see olive groves all over the region (my screenshot in photo 2). Oilve oil is certainly Umbria’s liquid green gold. You can buy it almost everywhere in Bevagna, Montefalco, Trevi, Spello, Assisi and...

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  • Still much earthquake damage (after the...

    The most horrible days in Umbria’s recent history were September 26 and 27, 1997. This was when an earthquake (5,7 on Richter scale) hit Umbria (epicentre was near Foligno). 8 people died, thousands were unsheltered. And the roof of Basilica San Francesco Superiore collapsed. Most tragic was that two monks and two technicians who were cleaning up...

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  • Best time to travel to Umbria?

    Now we come to the most difficult question: what is the best time to travel through Umbria. Even if my April time was very much rainy, I loved it. It was the time of magic light settings following the massive rains. It was quiet and very much relaxed. In many villages I was the only tourist (definitely the only non-Italian). Everything was open,...

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  • Further websites for trip planning

    Apart from the famous and lesser famous cities and villages with arts and cultures and festivals, one of the main reason for travelling to Umbria is the food. The by far best website for inspiration with what Umbria has to offer is:Delicious ItalyThis does contain themed intineraries (olive oil, wine, truffles, lentils and many more) and also...

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  • Eyes up: there are frescos everywhere

    Among the many fascinating sights in Umbria are frescos. Now one would think this is normal, as Italy is famous for its frescos and yes, many churches have magnificent ones to admire. But they are not only in churches, but also everywhere else: on walls, in vaulted passages, on buildings, inside buildings. I first realised it in Fabriano (which is...

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  • Umbria’s solid brown gold: truffles

    Truffles, already the name sounds like music in our ears, doesn’t it? Umbria accounts for 80% of Italy’s truffle “production”, well truffle find is the better term. I’ve read that 8 black and 2 white truffle varieties are native to Umbria, mostly in the hills above 300 m. Unlike in other countries, Umbria’s truffle hunters work with dogs and not...

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  • Umbria’s solid red gold: sausages

    I already mentioned the delicious sausages of Norcia quite often. Norcia is Italy’s capital for the best and most delicious sausages. And this dates back deep into the Medieval times, when the people of this region were already making good sausages from pork and wild boar. But being innovative, they worked on the recipes in winter and improved...

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  • Umbria’s liquid red gold: Sagrantino

    Umbria is famous for two wines: red Sagrantino and white Orvieto. (oh well, this reminds me that I completely forgot to plan a tip about Orvieto wine….)Sagrantino is so famous that there is even a special website devoted to this wine:La Strada del SagrantinoIf you look at this website (where it says enter) you can see that Sagrantino grapes are...

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  • Slow food – or the discovery of dishes’...

    When the first McD place was about to open in Italy, a group of people in Piemonte were so furious with this act of sacrileg in Italy that they founded the opposite, called “Slow Food”. It soon became a big movement throughout whole Italy and also in some other parts of the planet. Their major goal is to preserve the local specialities and also...

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  • Hilltop castles and villages in...

    At a point in time I stopped counting. There are just too many of these little or bigger villages or castles which sit high on top of a hill or are clogged at a slope. All of them have this special atmosphere of old Medieval times, many houses and palaces are ages old. Some can be visited, some not. There is a church in every village and many of...

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  • Thank you Patricia Clough and Natalie...

    Unfortunately the best two books about Umbria are in German only. One is Franziskus, die Winzer und der Trüffelhund by Natalie John, published by Picus, Austria (13,90 €).The other one, very similar in its writing style is Gebrauchsanweisung Umbrien by Patricia Clough, published by Piper, Germany (12,90 €). Both books are not travel guides, but...

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  • Cuisine of Umbria

    Umbria is landlocked, so the cuisine is rugged and from the earth. Though not much fish on the menu (besied some trout and crayfish from the lakes/rivers), the restaurants offer a great variety of food choices. Lamb and pork are the big meat dishes.Umbria is the only area in Italy outside of Piedmont that you find signifigant amout of truffles. We...

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  • Driving in Umbria

    Having spent two weeks in Umbria and staying at an apartment for two weeks I have to tell you that the Italian drivers will hang on your back bumper so close you will think they are trying to draft you to save on gas! They don't know what it means to keep a safe distance between cars! Many of the roads in Umbria are very mountainous and I've seen...

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