We often eat at Peppa’s. Every meal is always an Umbrian rural feast, and although she’ll invite us over for... 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”:
The crusty bread of central Italy is made without salt – and for me, enhances the savory tastes of our... View article
As you head up to Assisi in mid-summer, you’ll note giant round bales of hay at rest between the rows... View article
The cultivation of sunflowers throughout Italy adds a joyful floral frame to the views of the medieval hilltowns… …..and creates... View article
The sugar, salt and coffee are the only foods on the table in Giuseppa and Paolo’s farmhouse kitchen not raised... View article
We always tell our apartment guests that the best eating – and at the most economical prices – is at... View article
When here in our splendid Umbria, “Italy’s green heart”, you simply can’t miss meeting and feasting with Umbria’s rural people.... View article
Bud and Irma, “Mille grazie for your warm note to me after our rural life tour: “…… thank you for the... View article
A culinary highlight of an Umbrian springtime? Wild asparagus. Just ask Novella, selling it at her stand in Assisi: …or... View article
We don’t see Aldo with his sheep any longer as they graze on the hill behind our farmhouse. He’s nearly... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)