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Inside Anne’s Umbria Celebration: Second Time Around!

Date: July 7, 2016 - categories: , , , , - 2 Comments

I want you to experience the Umbria I have come to know and love in over forty years here on the land, just outside Assisi.

Live Umbria, “Italy’s green heart,” from the inside. Live our splendid early May medieval festival, Calendimaggio with me, with “the locals.”

Enjoy the photos of our May 2016 “Inside Umbria” tour guests:

(Carol, glad you shared in the medieval splendor of Calendimaggio – and thanks for your memorable photos:)

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Thanks to Carol Francis for the photos

 

(More memorable moments of Calendimaggio:)

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Discover with me the many “hidden secrets” of our enchanting medieval hill towns.

(Assisi:)

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(Spello:)

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(Bevagna:)

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(Perugia:)

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(Deruta:)

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Meet our rural friends.

Peppe, so proud of his prosciutti - he will have us taste!

Peppe, so proud of his prosciutti – he will have us taste!

Our group with Peppe - and his prosciutti

Our group with Peppe – and his prosciutti

Sally with Peppe in his wine cellar

Sally with Peppe in his wine cellar

Peppe and his new friend, Nora

Peppe and his new friend, Nora

All share in tastes of Peppe’s vino

All share in tastes of Peppe’s vino

Peppa welcomes Carol to her farm and home

Peppa welcomes Carol to her farm and home

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Salute!, Peppa

Peppa with our group at her outdoor wood bread oven

Peppa with our group at her outdoor wood bread oven

Giuseppa, what a feast!

Giuseppa, what a feast!

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What a rural feast with our farm friends (Photo thanks to Sally Field )

Joining  in a rural feast at the home of Chiarina and Marino

Joining in a rural feast at the home of Chiarina and Marino

Daughter, Rossanna, serves up the goodness

Daughter, Rossanna, serves up the goodness

Rossanna serves Sally wild boar (hunted by her papa’, Marino)

Rossanna serves Sally wild boar (hunted by her papa’, Marino)

Feasting with Chiarina and her daughter Rossanna

Feasting with Chiarina and her daughter Rossanna (Photo thanks to Sally Field )

Marino proudly shows a wild boar tusk to Roger and to Pino

Marino proudly shows a wild boar tusk to Roger and to Pino

Cook an Umbrian feast with me in our farmhouse (so lovingly restored by Pino).

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Enjoy staying in our countryside – or in-town – apartments during this ten-day early May “celebration.”

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Casa Nostra, one of our countryside apartments

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Il Nido Tranquillo, our in-town Assisi apartment

Promising you an unforgettable experience.

Just ask Carol and Roger from New York:

We really have experienced “Anne’s Italy”! The hlltowns are much more precious and personal when seen through Anne’s eyes. The Caledimaggio was much more exciting with Anne cheering on Sopra over Sotto.
Umbrian farms and foods, craftmen and artists, sweeping views and cobbled lanes are all familiar to us now. Thank you Anne for sharing your wonderful world with us.”

I’m now fine-tuning the May 2017 adventure a bit but I won’t be changing the 2016 inaugural “Inside Umbria Celebration” itinerary. There’s nothing to replace, nothing I can leave out.

Can’t come next May? Delighted to personalize an “Inside Umbria” experience for you and family or friends. Our apartments – in Assisi, in the countryside- can accommodate up to twelve.

See other memorable moments of our May 2016 celebration here:

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Arrivederci, Maestro, and thanks for the visit

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Behind his olive tree, a masterpiece of the artist

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Maestro Frappi with his self-portrait

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Painter Luigi Frappi’s studio and home: a 16th c- Bevagna palazzo

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Roger and Carol – just before joining us for lunch

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Before we cook, shopping: a stop to buy cheeses, too

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Proud Paolo shows his prosciutti to guests

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Paolo tells Jan and Nora how he cures his prosciutti

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Roger and Carol show Michele the plates they’ll choose

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Carol and Roger admire the splendor

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Sally takes in the wonders

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Jan’s fascinated by the precision and skill of the maiolica painters

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Savoring the “Umberto goodness”

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Umberto whips up the cream for our hot chocolates, cappuccini

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Whipped cream goodness

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Umberto making cappuccini – to be topped with whipped cream

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Umberto serves up sheep’s milk ricotta

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Every Perugia visit includes a stop at Umberto’s latteria (“milk shop”):

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After our Bevagna tour, savoring the Umbrian goodness

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Our group with Luigi Frappi and his art

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A private visit to the home of noted Bevagna artist, Luigi Frappi

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Lunching in a private garden in Assisi

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Enjoying lunch in a private garden after our Assisi tour

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Popping into a country kitchen to see how Rosella makes here homemade pasta

 

Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)

 

Read about Assisi’s Calendimaggio  preparations
Read about Giuseppa, one of the treasures you’ll meet during this “celebration”
Read about a few of our rural friends you’ll come to know
Read about cheese-shopping before we cook together
Read – and see! – more about the wondrous Calendimaggio
Read about Calendimaggio preparations, usually with Gina…

2 Comments

  • Sally says:

    It was a wonderful trip from beginning to end. Don’t leave anything out next May. My favorite events were Calendimaggio and the visits to the farms on the last day.

  • Rosemary Johnson says:

    What beautiful pictures!! I always learn about something new from your newsy postings! My brother Ray and his wife were just over in Perugia visiting colleagues from work and commented about what a beautiful area they were in. They both work in genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle. They didn’t make it to Assisi, but want to come back someday. The total charm of the Umbrian region is something I will never forget.

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