Touring Norcia, Cascia and Valnerina: “Lost Beans,” Black Truffles and Curiosities – January 9th, 2021
Let’s launch the New Year with a visit to Umbria’s captivating Valnerina (Nera River Valley) area. We’ll bring in 2021 with the toe-tapping, inviting January festivities of Cascia.
Not far from Cascia, we’ll also tour another Umbrian medieval mountain-town gem, Norcia, birthplace of St. Benedict in the 5th-c. and famous for black truffles, pecorino cheeses and the lentils cultivated on the nearby Piano Grande. That “Great Plain” – (at over 4500 ft.) – spreads out below medieval castle-village Castelluccio, devastated in the October 2016 earthquake. And perhaps you’ve never heard of Preci, famous for centuries for its prosciutti and…a curiosity? Or the story of the discovery of the “lost beans” of the Nera River Valley? Know what a norcineria offers?
My first talk in 2021 will give you the answers and have you ready for your next trip to our bellissima Umbria.