The hills undulating down from Montefalco are laced with vineyards of the Sagrantino, a prized grape indigenous a to very... 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”:
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
How to refuse when Peppa calls us to ask, “Ho fatto gnocchi oggi. Venite a cena? (“I made gnocchi today... View article
I really don’t need to write much about the month-long stay in our Assisi countryside apartment of friends Dawn and... View article
From late spring to late fall, revel in the Umbria countryside in one of our Assisi-area apartments…..and while here join... View article
Unusual July rainy weather did not keep us away from the gnocchi sagra (a village food festival) in San Giovanni Profiamma near Foligno.... View article
Keegan and Francesca missed the traditional Holy Saturday blessing of their Easter cheese bread – but the one they brought... View article
It’s all backwards here in March this year: the month came IN like a lamb and is moving out like... View article
The “heart of the problem” is the hazelnut itself; ironically, the idiomatic expression “the heart of the problem,” is translated as... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)