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Deruta: From Farm Feasting to Maiolica Magic

Date: June 8, 2017 - categories: , , , - Leave your thoughts

This May’s 10-day “Annesitaly Inside Umbria” Celebration had to include, of course, a rural feast with Giuseppa at her farmhouse near Deruta – and then, Deruta wonders (including a “hidden treasure”). This day, too, would highlight the aim of this most special Umbria adventure: giving tour guests a completely unique “INSIDE Umbria” experience.

Giuseppa’s warm welcome was matched only by her cooking, all foods we ate grown on the land with husband Paolo, from the olive oil to wines to liqueurs to wine vinegar to all meats and vegetables…..to the flour for the pasta! On their table, the only foods not from their land are the salt, sugar….and coffee.

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…and after our “arrivederci, Giuseppa,” on to Deruta to learn all about the art of maiolica in a small, family-run artisanal industry:

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Any day in Deruta should end with the unveiling of a “hidden” treasure: a fascinating maiolica folk-art shrine in the Deruta countryside, adorned with over seven-hundred maiolica folk-art panels from the 17th-c on:

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…and see more here.

Ah, Deruta, where farm feasting and maiolica magic pair in an unforgettable duo.

Read about Calendimaggio splendor
Read more about another “inside Umbria’s rural life” experience for the May 2017 Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration tour
Read about another memorable food event of the 2017 “Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration”
Read about the first day – and rural feast! – of this 2017 May tour
Read about the “cooking day” of this 2017 “Annesitaly Inside Umbria” early May tour
Click here to read about the special “pink” Montefalco day of the 2017 tour
Read about – and see! – the 2016 Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration tour
Read about the May 2017 “Annesitaly Inside Umbria” group’s experience of Gubbio passione
Read about the May 2017 “Annesitaly Inside Umbria” group’s INSIDE adventures in Perugia
Read about our 2017 May tour full into Gubbio passione
Read about the May 2017 tour group’s Perugia discoveries
Click here to read about – and see! – the unforgettable (also!) 2016 May “Annesitaly Inside Umbria Celebration
Read about a magical Deruta Christmastime visit for an American family

Thanks to Kris and Sally for some of their photos, too.

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