Woodstove chugging away these days as November chill sets in….finalmente, after an inordinately warm fall. The wood stove top is... 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’s always a joy to cook up Umbria with guests and delighted, Heidi, that you and your family and friends,... View article
Jodi, Star, Robyn and Susan, a delight to have you all in our Assisi countryside apartments! A joy to have... View article
A group of us lived a bit of history today when we visited our rural friends in the Assisi countryside,... View article
Peppa often invites us over for lunch or dinner and the invitation is almost always preceded with “non ho molto... View article
How did I end up spending the rest of my life in Umbria? The Italian connection started years ago while... View article
Well, Mike and Celinda, you’ve now made the leap: the decision to live in Italy – and over the next... View article
It’s my mantra: you can’t know Italy if you don’t know the people. And Italy today is rooted in rural... View article
That indomitable Giuseppa cooked up a rural feast for our small group the day after a culinary tour-de-force: she’d cooked... View article
Now Andrea and her papa’ Edoardo – from Sao Paolo Brazil – feel they’ve truly come to know Italy. As... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)