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Near Assisi, Truly Living Italy

Date: October 2, 2017 - categories: , , , - 1 Comment

It’s my mantra: you can’t know Italy if you don’t know the people. And Italy today is rooted in rural traditions and the rural people remain Italy’s “national treasures.” Lois and Larry from Wisconsin came along with me to visit these rural “treasures.”

Peppe is one. At age eighty-five, he is still working the land.

Peppe reminisces about his hard years on the land

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Peppe offers Lois his vino rosso

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Salute, Larry, Lois and Peppe

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Peppe, proud of his sheep

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…and you can’t leave his farmhouse without seeing those prosciutti

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and Peppa is another “rural treasure”……

Peppa shows us her outdoor stone bread oven where breads and roasted meats were once cooked

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Lavender to take home as a Peppa gift

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Peppa raises rabbits for meat – as do all our farm neighbors

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In Peppa’s wine cellar, we see the grapes drying for raisins

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…and Larry and Lois must try her wine..

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..and after our time with these farm friends, tasting their wines, seeing their animals, hearing their stories, on to our farmhouse for an apertivo:

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Last stop? The home of Chiarina and Marino (….and what a rural feast Chiarina cooks up!). A stop first in their wine cellar – with other guests there to join us for the feast:

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..and then to the rural feast Chiarina had cooked up:

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…and Marino’s grappa to end our multi-course banquet.

Salute, Lois and Larry!

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Read more about our treasured rural friends
Read more about our apartment guests
Read more about Chiarina and Marino’s warmth and our other rural friends
Read more about Umbria’s treasure: the rural people
Click here to see – and read about – the rural people, rural banquets
Click here for more on the “Rural Life Revisited” experience
Read more about Peppe, Peppa and other rural friends here
Meet our farm friends, givers of the greatest gifts
Click here to read about “memorable moments” or our rural visits
Read about – and see – our first years on the land in Umbria
Read more about treasured rural friends
Read more about indefatigable Peppe
Click here to read about an “Auntie Annie” rural tour
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
Read about why a visit with our rural friends makes any Umbrian stay unforgettable
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”

1 Comment

  • Ann Krapf says:

    Thank you for this visit to these wonderful people. I hope we can meet them on our next trip.

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