June 2009 – Special Report: Umbria


Dining the Umbrian Way
Porchetta. Prosciutto. Onions. Truffles. Olive oil. Frascatelli (pasta). Sagrantino wine. Pigeon. Pecorino. These are some of the staples of Umbrian cusine. We lead you to both the best wine bar and most elegant restaurant in the region. We also reveal a charming local trattoria and lead you to the one place you must not miss if you love Italian characters and the Slow Food movement.

Dipping a Toe into Umbria’s Lake Trasimeno
In between Florence and Rome and close to Tuscany’s Cortona and Umbria’s capital of Perugia, Lake Trasimeno makes for a relaxing stopover or base for your Umbria vacation.

Rent a Home Away from Home in Umbria
Forget renting a villa in Tuscany – rent in Umbria instead! We review three (Fattoria del Gelso, Il Casale di Mele Rosse, Le Vigne) centrally located, well-managed farmhouse villa rentals in Umbria.

Deruta: Umbria’s Ceramics Capital
Deruta is where you go to buy ceramics. We guide you to the best family-owned stores and even tell you where to stop for lunch in Deruta.

Learn to Cook the Umbrian Way
Ready to roll up your sleeves and go to cooking school in Umbria? We’ve got the perfect place and the perfect cooking teacher at an agriturismo near Assisi.

Up Close and Personal with Umbria’s Truffles
Umbrian truffles are prized throughout Italy. Improve your knowledge of truffles and tempt your palate with a truffle hunt and cooking lessons featuring black and white truffles.

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