Nowadays, only one farmwoman, Novella, sells her vegetables at Piazzetta dell’Erba (“the little piazza of the grass/grasses”, i.e. vegetables) Only... 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”:
It was icy December day when Julia, from South Africa and her lovely children, Michela and Oliver headed to Deruta... View article
In the years we worked the land in Umbria, the stamina of the farm women astounded me. Not only did... View article
Nothing like a hearty lunch and the warmth of Peppa on an icy January day. Have a look at today’s... View article
We had an abundant olive harvest this past October and after taking most of the olives to the mill to... View article
Lunch with Giuseppa and Paolo at their Deruta countryside farm is not only a feast for the palate. It’s a... View article
What’s the most memorable moment of an afternoon visiting our rural friends? Meeting Peppe as he’s picking his olives? …seeing... View article
As all Castelluccio has been evacuated, I wonder where Derna is staying – and if her sacks of lentils are... View article
…..or at least the central backbone of the Italian peninsula had a good shake-up on a recent late October evening.... View article
Our son Keegan (36) put it this way, “Well, definitely the best year since I was born.” Not only: the... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)