Umbria hilltown guided tours / Deruta




Deruta, Citta’ della Maiolica – and not only! (half-day)

Master maiolica artisan at work

Master maiolica artisan at work

In Deruta, la citta’ della maiolica, I’ll show you unusual touches of maiolica throughout the village: on signs, used in church floors, enhancing church altars, decorating the walls of homes. You won’t want to miss a fascinating shrine of maiolica folk art in the surrounding countryside, where over eight hundred examples of simple ceramic naif panels – dating from the seventeenth century – truly astound. Learn about their fascinating history, each panel inspired by a small miracle.

Guest often ask me, “where to see the best in maiolica?” Only one answer: you must meet famed elderly maiolica painter, Raffaello, as he paints masterpieces on the urns, vases, goblets formed by the talented “wizard-of-the-(potter’s)-wheel”, Massimo. Their passione can be matched only by that of Giuseppa, farm woman: for the land and the fruits of the land. If tour guests ask me for the best of Umbrian rural cuisine, I suggest heading out to the farm country near Deruta. Feel Giuseppa’s passione for the best in rural cuisine as you feast with foods grown on the land by Giuseppa, husband Paolo, son Loris.

Anything else needed to enhance your Deruta day?   Just ask, per favore.   My aim in any tour:   to enrich your Italy stay with countless treasured memories.   A promise.

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Perugia and Deruta: Artistic Wonders, Small-Town Pleasures (full-day)

Perugia, Via dell' Aquedotto

Perugia, Via dell’ Aquedotto

On a Perugia guided visit, I love sharing the treasures discovered as a student there while we take in the rich artistic/historical wonders. Perugia’s Etruscan glory lives on in the Etruscan city gate of the 3rd c. B.C. – hidden away in the massive Papal fortress of the 16th- c.

From the Etruscans, we’ll move on to the medieval: what stories on the 13th-c sculptural masterpiece, the Great Fountain. The Renaissance is next: Perugia’s history and glory are illustrated in a stunning frescoed Renaissance guildhall. And wait til you see the splendid 14th century courthouse (with medieval “yardsticks” set into the walls) – and a 19-th c frescoed pastry shop.

Wish to meet “the locals”, discover the local artisans, find the best chocolate, taste the best cappuccino and hot chocolate in Umbria? Just ask.

Eager to see another hill town after our Perugia half/day tour? What about nearby Deruta?

Homemade fettuccine ready for  Giuseppa's guests

Homemade fettuccine ready for Giuseppa’s guests

Afterwards, you’ll want to meet famed elderly maiolica painter, Raffaello, as he paints masterpieces on the urns, vases, goblets formed by the talented “wizard-of-the-(potter’s)-wheel”, Massimo. Their passione can be matched only by that of Giuseppa, farm woman: for the land and the fruits of the land.

Amything missing? Please let me know. My aim in any tour: to enrich your Italy stay with countless treasured memories. A promise.

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