My Perugia/Deruta tour is a favorite among tour guests and not just for the many splendid treasures of Perugia but... View article
Umbria Rural Life
You’ll want to tour all the Umbrian hilltown gems while you’re here, meeting “the locals” in the towns as you immerse yourself in the history and art. But if you really wish to “take Umbria” home with you, a contact with the rural people seems a must. For me, they are one of Italy’s national treasures. So head to the countryside while here.
My husband Pino and I moved to a ruined farmhouse in the Assisi countryside years ago – and we set out to work the land. I owe it to our rural friends to set down their stories – after all, they taught us not just about the ways of the land but about life. Peppa, Marino and Chiarina, Gentile and Peppe, Alessandro, Mandina: each has enriched our life on the land.
In a way, our farm friends come with me to the U.S. each year: Umbrian rural cuisine recipes highlight our U.S. cooking gatherings. Short stories about them start off the events.
And I’ll keep setting down the rural life stories, my way to say “mille grazie”:
As you head out of the coffee bar and into the dining room of Ristorante Da Giovannino, look up and... View article
….and if you don’t have a good appetite, you will as soon as you walk into Peppa’s kitchen and take... View article
No, not quite. Not a Peppa pig but Peppe‘s pig stars in this note. When Peppe told me the December... View article
Yes, our olive oil just back from the mill certainly is “green gold.” And this gold is more precious than... View article
It’s still un vino giovane (“a young wine”) but buonissimo. Pino had assured me that it would be when he’d... View article
Jane, mille grazie for your “arrivederci” note to us which started with “your hospitality made this trip special for us!... View article
The hills undulating down from Montefalco are laced with vineyards of the Sagrantino, a prized grape indigenous a to very... View article
There’s no doubt about it: Giuseppa opens her heart as well as her home to us as she serves up... View article
Up on the hill, Assisi backdrops the small (pop. 2500) village of Rivotorto, where Umbria’s traditional rural cuisine draws the... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)