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Rural Life: Most Memorable Moments?

Date: November 12, 2016 - categories: , , , - 2 Comments

What’s the most memorable moment of an afternoon visiting our rural friends?

Meeting Peppe as he’s picking his olives?



…seeing his pride in his olive harvest abundance?



…taking a whiff of that olio novello (“new olive oil”), just back from the mill…?



…or seeing the pride Peppe has in his prosciutti?


Meeting Peppe’s daughter Paola as she makes the typical Umbrian flatbread, la torta, adds to the joy of rural visits, too:






…and especially, tasting that torta with Peppe’s prosciutto and his own vino rosso:





And an added highlight to a stop at Peppe’s? Seeing the wild mushrooms he’s just picked that Paola will cook up for dinner:




Of course, no visit to our rural friends is complete without a visit to Peppa:



….and then, time for a snack at our house (maybe bruschetta with our olive oil and last ripe tomatoes):




And the highlight of rural visits to our farm friends is a rural banquet for lunch (or dinner) with Chiarina and Marino:


Chiarina wants Dominic to taste their just-milled olive oil


No better way to taste it than on bruschetta


…and not just bruschetta for antipasto, Dominic!


..and after antipasto, ah, what lasagne!

…and then comes the wild boar Marino hunted, the pork they raised – and wild chicory picked by Chiarina





Not just wild boar but roasted chicken (theirs!), too


Always room for salad


Daughter Rossanna helps her mother, Chiarina, to serve


Roseanne’s family granddaughters feasted with us, too


For dessert, Chiarina’s rocciata (a rich Umbrian strudel)


But what’s the most memorable highlight of rural visits, bringing you right to the people of Umbria? Dario and Domenic (from Pennsylvania) might be able to tell you…

(And thanks to you both for your warmth and enthusiasm during rural visits on a recent November day).


Meet our farm friends, givers of the greatest gifts
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”
Live Umbria, live the “rural life revisited”


  • Florene Carnicelli Johns says:

    Thank you for your gracious, delicious and fascinating hospitality extended to my cousins from Pennsylvania. From the photos, it is an understatement to say that they had a memorable time in Umbria, thanks to you.

  • Pamela Butler says:

    Hi Anne,
    The photos are wonderful reminders of the day I spent with you and your friends.

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