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Living Umbria: Rural Connections

Date: October 28, 2015 - categories: , , , , , - Leave your thoughts

To fully experience Umbria, “Italy’s green heart,” you’ll have to connect with the people. Meet our rural neighbors, those most directly connected to our Umbrian land. Each one, a “national” (as well as “regional”) treasure.

our-rural-friends

Peppa opens not just her wine cellar but her heart to you as well.

Peppa opens home, heart - and wine cellar! - to all guests

Peppa opens home, heart – and wine cellar! – to all guests

Peppa with visitors

Peppa with visitors

Tasting Peppa’s new wine

Tasting Peppa’s new wine

Peppa and friends in her wine cellar

Peppa and friends in her wine cellar

Little Claire makes friends with Peppa’s bunnies

Little Claire makes friends with Peppa’s bunnies

Ugo – over eighty – might be hauling hay to his cows when we visit. Beaming wife Emma will take the time to share a few of her stories

Ugo, over eighty, about to feed his cows

Ugo, over eighty, about to feed his cows

Emma with guests

Emma with guests

And on we go to visit another octogenarian, Peppe, who’ll show us with pride all his animals, including his pigs – and then, the prosciutti they’ll become!

Peppe, proud of his pigs

Peppe, proud of his pigs

and the prosciutti those pigs will give!

……and the prosciutti those pigs will give!

Peppe, prosciutti and new friends

Peppe, prosciutti and new friends

Peppe welcomes visitors to his wine cellar

Peppe welcomes visitors to his wine cellar

We’ll stop at our restored farmhouse for a bruschetta snack while we talk more about rural life and then, on to the gran finale: a rural banquet dinner with dear rural friends, Chiarina and Marino. Their lovely daughter, Rossanna, will probably be in the kitchen with mamma Chiarina, helping out.

A stop at our restored farmhouse for a bruschetta snack

A stop at our restored farmhouse for a bruschetta snack

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….a rural banquet with Chiarina and Marino (and daughter Rossanna) is not to be forgotten

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…and here are more special moments of our rural banquet:

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our-guests-and-dessert

Take home Umbria with you when you leave Italy. You will: if you meet the rural people.
Our best friends.

How not to love our rural friends, givers of the greatest gifts?

How not to love our rural friends, givers of the greatest gifts?

…and those joining me in rural visits know why our rural friends are treasured:

“A wonderful rural experience. Not the typical historical tour, it gave us a very personal and authentic view into rural Italian life. The people we met were warm and welcoming and were happy to show off their farms and share their wine. Of course, the highlight was the four course farm-to-table dinner. Not only was the dinner exceptional, but the warmth of Rosanna and her family, welcoming these five people into their home as strangers, and departing as friends. This was also the highlight for Claire, who felt she has made a friend for life in Rosanna and Cinnamon, a dog that we met at one of the farms.” Ken D.

Meet our farm friends, givers of the greatest gifts
Read about – and see – our first years on the land in Umbria
Read about our rural friends, “givers of the greatest gifts”
Click here to read about an “Auntie Annie” rural tour
Read more about treasured rural friends
Read more about indefatigable Peppe
You really can’t miss a rural banquet cooked by Chiarina
Read about the “regal welcome” Chiarina and Marino give to their guests
Read about our rural friends – and their “green gold,” olive oil
Click here to see how a visit to rural friends can make your stay “the experience of a lifetime”
Click here to read about a treasured Umbrian rural winter tradition
Click here for many more insights on our rural friends
Read about Chiarina and Marino – and the use of broom
Read about making wine with Peppa
Click here to read about – and see – why rural visits offer “unforgettable moments”
Click here to read about “memorable rural moments”
Read about – and see! – cooking up the rural flavors of Umbria
Live Umbria, live the “rural life revisited”

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