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Umbria’s Rural Life Revisited: Treasured Memories, Treasured Friends

Date: October 24, 2017 - categories: , , - 1 Comment

A group of us lived a bit of history today when we visited our rural friends in the Assisi countryside, hearing their stories of life on the land. And when Peppe – over eighty – retires his pitchfork and no longer raises cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, fowl and cultivates his vineyard and hundreds of olive trees, an era has ended. A chapter of Umbrian rural life will come to a close.

Ann and Fred, Deborah, Robert and Jacob, good to share rural memories with you today and introduce you to “ living legends” like Peppe.

Peppe proudly shows his guests from the USA and Canada his prized prosciutti


Peppe assures us his prosciutto is the best as his pigs are acorn-fed



Deborah takes a whiff of the enticing perfume of Peppe’s olive oil


Ann and Fred sip Peppe’s vino rosso


Salute, Peppe!


From Peppe’s farm, on to the home of his niece Chiarina and her husband Marino for a rural banquet lunch. But before lunch, a visit to their cellar to see their aging prosciutti and Marino’s wine-making equipment.

Marino, proud of his prosciutti – and not only


Marino shows us his wine-making equipment


…and then time for lunch, cooked by wife Chiarina and their daughter Rossanna.

A tasty antipasto to start


Jacob, lots more to come!


Marino wants us to be sure to taste his capocollo


Rossanna serves up her mother Chiarina’s lasagne



Deborah and son Jacob savor the lasagne


…..and then Chiarina brings on the multiple meat courses (veal raised by her uncle Peppe!)



Rossanna serves up the pineapple/cherry jam cake her mamma Chiarina made




Mille grazie to all for opening homes and hearts to us……and thanks to you, too, Deborah, Robert and Jacob, for the notes you wrote me:

“Dear Anne,

Thank you for our wonderful tour of the ‘rural life’ -we enjoyed the stories, visit with your neighbors and the lovely lunch. Our stay on your form was a peaceful respite and we are sorry to go. Thank you for your hospitality and our delicious meal with you on the first evening-we marvel at how you put together such a feast in such short order. Best peaches ever. Many thanks!”

Deborah and Robert + Jacob
Toronto Canada

“Dear Anne,

thank you very much for your warm hospitality and kind words the night of our arrival. Umbria has been a beautiful and historically rich interlude in our time between Rome and Venice…….Thank you also for the world tour. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to witness firsthand a way of life on which the curtain is closing and of which few of my generation will ever get see.

Sincerly, Jacob Watkins-Strand, Toronto Canada

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Click here to read about an “Auntie Annie” rural tour
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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”
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