Torta-making with Peppa

November 19, 2014

If you’re a “foodie” visiting Umbria, you can’t miss a dinner of rural goodness with our farm friend, Peppa –... View article

Floral Masterpieces for an October Papal Welcome

September 9, 2013

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...

Giuseppa’s Passione

June 27, 2013

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