Well, Mike and Celinda, you’ve now made the leap: the decision to live in Italy – and over the next... 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 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
Prefer your “flag” with eggs or without? Clearly, I can’t be referring to that pennant you solemnly salute with hands... View article
How not to think of Van Gogh today while looking out over the sunflower fields bordering our Umbria farmhouse? …and... View article
In the rural cuisine of Italy, the family bread, no longer fresh, won’t ever go to the chickens. Bread is... View article
“Good things come in threes,” they say. For me, our third year of the early May ten-day “Annesitaly INSIDE Umbria”... View article
Hot summer days bring “panzanella time” to central Italy. This rural dish of la cucina povera (literally “cooking of the... View article
We just picked our last fava beans for this year and some are now in the freezer. The other day,... View article
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)