Tour Guide Trial

April 20, 2013

In the late 90's, in a moment of pazzia (madness), I decided to try for the official authorization of Guida Regionale dell'Umbria. Here in Italy, only authorized guides may offer tours. Sanctions are severe and unauthorized guide abusive ("illegal guides") risk heavy sanctions. read more...

A Perugia Highlight: Umberto

April 16, 2013

Ah, Perugia, "city of the infinite view", as Henry James wrote. Pre-Roman Etruscan city gates, a stunning 13th-c. fountain, frescoed and wood-inlaid guild halls, a majestic medieval courthouse, a 15th-c Papal fortress, a stunning frescoed pastry shop and meandering picturesque backstreets all entice. And not only. Alot more to be discovered - if your wanders head you in the right direction. read more...

Bevagna: Finding Each Treasure

April 16, 2013

Finding the hidden backstreets in Bevagna[/caption]Bevagna offers something to every visitor. The 1st c A.D, mosaics of the Roman baths - hidden away in the backstreets - astound. If you can locate the personnel to open it, the tiny 19th-century frescoed theater delights. read more...

Spello’s Treasure

April 16, 2013

Built in local pink limestone like Assisi, medieval hilltown gem Spello wins over any visitor with its flowering backstreets, Roman remnants,medieval churches, stunning Renaissance frescoes and one of Italy's top wine cellars . But don't leave Spello until you've found Brother Paul. read more...

Umbrian Hilltown tours of “Auntie Annie”

December 10, 2011

Our final tour together, the Rural Life Revisited tour, might have been the highlight of the Italy stay of this San Diego family. Chiarina won over little Van when she made us bruschetta with the olio novello. Kathleen and Jon enjoyed tasting the family's wine. When farm friend Gentile asked Aeriel to stay and live with her, Aeriel asked her mother, Kathleen, if she could say "SI"... read more...

Passione  in Umbria’s May Festivals

December 15, 2010

If you truly wish to experience Italian passione, join "the locals" for their May festivals. Work goes on all winter in Assisi for the town's medieval welcome to spring in early May, the Calendimaggio. In an explosion of color, excitement, and astounding creativity, the Assisani celebrate spring with three days of medieval dance, street theater... read more...

Truffles Reign Triumphant

November 24, 2010

The truffle has always been the richest and most refined element of Mediterranean cuisine. Certainly not desired for its beauty - it resembles a measily rotten potato - the truffle grows underground, like the potato, far from light and air, taking its nourishment, like other mushrooms, from the forest undergrowth. read more...

San Martino, San Martino, castagne e vino

November 3, 2010

Umbria welcomes in the Feast of St. Martin, November 11th, with the saying "San Martino, San Martino, castagne e vino" ("St. Martin, St. Martin, chestnuts and wine"). As the days turn cooler, the smoke of the wood-buring stoves snakes out of farmhouse chimneys... read more...