If you’re a “foodie” visiting Umbria, you can’t miss a dinner of rural goodness with our farm friend, Peppa –... View article
Anne's Blog / Unforgettable Italians
Pici all’aglione (thick spaghetti in a garlicky tomato sauce) with arugula is one of our favorite dishes at Ristorante Da... View article
After we’ve explored Assisi’s treasure, the Basilica of St. Francis, come out to the countryside with me to connect with... View article
On a recent jaunt, two Giuseppes connected: one is my husband Pino (in southern Italy, “Giuseppino” is the diminutive of... View article
These days, yellow and white banners – the colors of the Vatican flag – flutter off balconies and over pointed-arched... View article
On October 3rd – date of the death of St. Francis of Assisi in 1226 – hundreds of African and... View article
Excitement peaking in Assisi for Pope Francis' arrival on October 4th for the Feast of St. Francis - and each day, the Umbrian newspapers leak news tidbits on the "surprises" under preparation for the Pope. One of the most splendid will be the floral petal carpet - infiorata - created by the floral artists of Spello and Cannara, two Umbrian medieval towns famed for the floral tapestries created each year for the Feast of Corpus Cristi (xosty days after Easter) read more...
I wish I had taken photos of Concetta but I still remember the twinkle in her eye, the way she... View article
During my Umbrian hilltown guided tours, I'm always pointing out examples of Italian passione; after all, if you don't get la passione, you don't get a hold on Italy. Examples are endless and many of the people we meet embody la passione. Giuseppa is one and her life revolves around her passions: for her son and two grandchildren, for her flowers, her vegetables, the animals she and farm husband Paolo raise and the farm goodness she cooks using their olive oil, wine, vegetables, herbs, fruits, and meats. read more
When you walk Assisi, the medieval splendors leap out at you around every corner. Panoramic vistas spread in the valley below. You'll want to try to capture the magic in your photos. Today's cameras seem to do a pretty good job. And then you wander past the shop of Assisi-born photographer Andrea Angelucci. read more...
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)