Why visiting Umbria will ruin your life. Forever.

Umbria is one of the few Regions in Italy where tourists are not too many and it is still possible to visit having an authentic experience of the Italian lifestyle. There is only one issue: after you have been there once, you won’t be the same ever again.

Either you were born in Umbria, either you’ve spent a week there, or even you’ve just stopped by while travelling from Rome to Florence, you will never be the same again and your life will be ruined. Why?

  • Food: Once you have had a bit of the typical torta al testo (flat bread) stuffed with local cured ham and pecorino cheese, or with local pork sausages and spinach, or even just with Nutella, you will never get rid of the memory of that heavenly bite. But as you won’t find these flavours anywhere else in the world, you’ll find yourself daydreaming about them, hoping to taste them at least once again in your lifetime. Truffles, cured ham, wild boar stew (cinghiale alla cacciatora): these are only few of the hundreds unique product you can taste in Umbria. Once you have tasted them, how will you be able to eat again that boring, tasteless sandwich once home? 7df62362e428b56afd29a743faac7a80EG-AC573B_queen_G_201202151529001Have you ever experienced an authentic italian-mom? You SHOULD, and Umbria is the perfect place for that! They will spoil you like no one has ever done before. Here the 10 ways to recognise an authentic italian mom

  • Wine: We are used to spend loads of money on wine, especially in a restaurant: at least £30 for a mediocre wine in the UK, or over 500NOK (around £40 or $60) for a poor wine in Norway. When you realise that in Umbria you can buy, for the same money, a bottle of the award-winning Sagrantino di Montefalco aged 10 years, then you wonder: why am I not moving here? I’m telling you: the wine you’ll drink at home won’t taste as good anymore. VIGNA-4
  • History: Centuries of history are waiting for you behind every corner of Umbrian’s towns. First the Etruscans were there, over 2000 years ago, then the romans. During the Middle Age the towns expanded and then evolved gradually into what we see today: a mosaic of beauty. It will not feel the same going back to your daily life, where around the corner there is an average warehouse from the 80s and not a Medioeval church built in stone. perugia-07
  • Art: Either in a museum, in a church, a cloister or even on the street, it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the incredible amount of art you can see while visiting Umbria. Just an example is the stunning Basilica Superiore di Assisi, land of San Francis, where beautiful medioeval frescoes from Giotto are. I guarantee: after you have seen that, the next visit to your local museum,  where “modern art” like a burnt table with a dead cow on it made by a frustrated hippy is the highlight of the exhibition, it will be quite disappointing.  Assisi Giotto Basilica Superiore
  • Traditions: Not just food and wine. In Umbria ancient traditions have survived through the centuries. Epic contests, parades, festivals. If you visit Umbria especially in Spring or Summer you can find yourself surrounded by medioeval knights on their horses fighting for their lives. Or you may decide to run uphill carrying one of the three gigantic wooden pillars in Gubbio (Ceri di Gubbio) while chased by thousands of people. Will you be able then to go back to the normality of your life in a shirt and suit? _0006_Gubbio_-_Festa_dei_Ceri_-_photo_by_Alberto_Gori size matter italiansUmbrians love their national traditions, inlcuding pasta! Do you know that SIZE and SHAPE matters? Learn it here, with tips to match pasta and tomato sauce like an italian would do!

  • Music: In July Umbria becomes the Capital of Jazz with the Umbria Jazz Festival.  From Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet to Sting to James Taylor, several internationallu acclaimed artists come to Umbria for this unmissable event. If you like something less international, you may find smaller events to satisfy any taste in music. And if you are truly old fashioned, then you may want to check one of the dozens local summer festivals, where you can tire yourself to death with hours of ballroom dancing. Umbria-Jazz-Festival-secondo-Steve-McCurry_main_image_object
  • Nice People: in Umbria you are welcomed by friendly people, always available to help you out if you get lost or to forgive you if you have bought the wrong ticket for your journey. Several friends that visited Umbria were impressed  by the effort people they met were making to help them out even with the language barrier. Going back to London where there is no forgiveness if you buy the wrong train ticket or where hardly anyone would bother helping you if you need help, will make you wonder: should I go back there?
  • Hand made and good quality: Artisans and entrepreneurs make Umbria an ideal place where to find products of high quality and often hand made. The worldwide famous pottery from Deruta is an example, not to mention the excellent cashmere of Brunello Cucinelli. All made in Umbria. I can’t imagine your disappointment in touching your wool sweater after you have touched what “softness” feels like. cashmere umbria cucinelli
  • Weather: the 4 seasons is not just a piece from Vivaldi, but something still existing in Umbria. Hot summers to sun tan and swim, warm springs for cycling and other outdoor activities, and cold winters to ski: there is a moment for every passion and hobby. Castelluccio neve
  • Scenery: from high mountains to flat regions, the highest waterfall in Europe and beautiful lakes, Umbria offers a broad range of landscapes in a small area. Colorful fields with sunflowers, grapes or even just wild flowers, like in the stunningly colorful piana di Castelluccio near Norcia that becomes a giant rainbow in Spring. Thirty minutes’ drive and you go wherever you want. It won’t be easy to go back home where the closest mountain may be 5h drive far! Castelluccio
  • A possibility: visiting Umbria will ruin your life forever because it makes you realise this desirable quality of life, these colours, these landscapes… they are not a dream. They are a possibility for everyone, even for you. Cause you have experienced it yourself. Cascata delle Marmore

A visit to Umbria will ruin your life forever, because you will never forget what you have seen and you will always want to go back. I guarantee you. If you go to Umbria once, then you will go back. Orvieto-Duomo

Pasta recipe, penne alla norcinaWould you like to cook some traditional dishes from Umbria? Penne alla Norcina is an easy start! Check the recipe. Or you can find several other delicious RECIPES to cook delicious italian dishes!



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Hallo! I’m Alessio: an Italian geek with the passion for food and travel. I’m originally from Umbria Region - the Green hearth of Italy - and currently live in London. I’m often on a plane, travelling somewhere either for work or holidays. This is my little corner of the world where I share my tasty recipes, tips on how to cook, restaurants to try and places to visit, including my beautiful Umbria.

53 Comments Why visiting Umbria will ruin your life. Forever.

  1. Sylvia van der Male 8th October 2015 at 7:22 am

    Hi Alessio, it is a pleasure reading your blog about Umbria. We are Dutch but we live in Umbria, at the Trasimeno area. We love Umbria just because of the good food, the weather etc, as you’ve mentioned in your blog. The olive oil, the wines, the pici, truffle, and… many more. Everything is delightful! We’re spoiled I guess. Of course we do love Holland, but living here in Umbria is like living in the Middle ages. We can tip you other places where to go, eat, run, drink and enjoying all the good things this region has to offer. For example I love snowshoeing in the Castelluccio area together with Trekking in Umbria. Alessio is a guide from Terni. Well, you can read our blog posts about Umbria, enjoy it! This is the link: http://www.villainumbria.me

    We will share your blog posts about Umbria. Hope to see you soon soon in the green hart of Italy!

    1. Alessio 9th October 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hallo Sylvia! Thank you so much for leaving this comment. It happens I am often in Holland for personal reasons and I love your Country: cheeses, tulips, windmills…it’s not a clichè, these things are really wonderful there. And I agree that Umbria is a unique place in the world. I have left my heart there when I had to move to London for work and I come back every time I can.
      Thank you also for the link to your blog. I will save it in my fav to be kept posted on your adventures! On this note, as you mentioned Castelluccio, have you ever eaten at Il Francese in Norcia? Truffle-based menu. To die for. Doei! :)

      1. Silvia 12th October 2015 at 3:36 pm

        Hello Alessio! Thanks for the post. I am also from Umbria, I agree 100% with what you write and I also left my hearth there because I also had to move abroad for working reasons. Since you write that you love Umbria so much, I assume you had to leave it and you did not do it just because you wanted to go to a different country…so well, I just wanted to say that it is rather sad to keep reading all these beautiful things about our wonderful land but not having the possibility of living there because there is no job for us. Having said that, I also hope to come back to my home land! :) Meanwhile let’s try to enjoy our life in the places where we live

        1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 5:03 pm

          Silvia, ciao!
          Yes, I had to leave to follow better career opportunities. I am a geologist and palaeontologist (I know, nothing to do with food) but as this job makes me travel so much I thought a food and travel blog was a good way of sharing my “journey”.
          I am in Love with London where I am currently living, and I appreciate and make the best out of the places I travel to. Though nothing beats the quality of life Umbria offers. I am nostalgic but not sad. Grateful that I had the chance to spend 30 years there.And hopefully many more in the future :)
          My next goal is to move to California for a while. Netherlands seems, at the moment, the next destination sometimes in the future. We will see. Keep following and you will know. :)

          Where did you move, btw?

          Ciao and thank you so much for stopping my and leaving this comment.


          1. Silvia 28th October 2015 at 8:18 pm

            Hello! Sorry for the late reply (just saw your answer to my comment). I am an evolutionary biologist and I work in academia. I have lived for about 5 years in The Netherlands (in Wageningen and Groningen), with a short period in Finland (Jyvaskyla) and I currently live in Switzerland (Lausanne). I really hope to come back home one day (soon, hopefully) but I also try to enjoy the places where I live as much as I can. Good to hear that it is the same for you! :) Ciao ciao!

    2. Teresa G 10th October 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you, Sylvia! I love anything Umbria, so I am following your journey through your blog as well!

      1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 4:59 pm

        I love when a common passion connects so many people all around the world!

  2. Giselle 8th October 2015 at 9:38 am

    Wonderful blog post, Alessio – It’s true – Once seen, Umbria is never forgotten and will compel you to return again and again – or even, like us, make it your home!

    1. Alessio 9th October 2015 at 10:18 am

      Hallo Giselle! Make it your home sounds like a great idea! I had to move to England but I hope one day I can move back to my wonderful region. In the meantime, I make the best out of my life abroad. And every time I go back to Umbria, I can appreciate it even more with new eyes after so much time living in another Country. Cheers!

  3. Graham Lane 8th October 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, I’ve lived in Umbria for 15 years now and I never tire of the things you mention. You missed the sunsets, but heh, you’ve probably missed a lot of other things too.

    I was hooked the very first time I came here. We arranged to visit a few houses to fill our three-week holiday and bought the first one we saw, the very same day! We went home and told the family we were emigrated and moved into a derelict villa six months later. That says it all I guess!

    Keep up the excellent blog.

    1. Alessio 9th October 2015 at 10:22 am

      Graham! Wow your story is truly inspiring. That’s what I would call: follow your gut feeling and do what you think it’s best for you, no matter what. Well done!! I can imagine the face of your friends when you told them all of a sudden “we are moving to Italy: now” :)
      Indeed the sunset are stunning. And I do have missed other things, like the ice creams (my favourite is Augusta Perusia in front of the Etruscan Arch in Perugia) and the flavours of vegetables that grow in the sun. No matter how expensive, tomatoes and salads here in England taste like paper!
      Have a great time in Umbria and hope to hear from you soon in other post comments. Ciao!

      1. Ted 10th October 2015 at 4:43 pm

        Fantastic. Alessio, I will be sharing you with all my contacts and and platforms. You are a splendid writer, and capture the Umbria I love so much romantically than I could. Just the fact you love the gelato from Augusta Perusia…………sighhhhhh
        ciao ciao
        Ted Eschuk (FB)
        LoveToTravelinItaly (Page and Website)

        1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:01 pm

          Ted, thank you so much for this message! The good writing comes just from the passion for this region. My batteries always recharge quickly when I visit. And my belt doesn’t fit anymore after one week there :)

  4. Chiara Paglio 9th October 2015 at 10:13 am

    Ciao, Alessio, bellissimo articolo. Da umbra mi ci ritrovo moltissimo: ho contagiato il mio fidanzato con il virus della pizza al testo e ora non riesce a liberarsene. Hai un account su twitter/facebook dove seguire gli aggiornamenti di questo sito?

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Ciao Chiara!
      Povero il tuo fidanzato…non uscira’ mai dalla spirale della torta al testo! haha :)
      Mi trovi su Twitter e Instagram come TheFoodJourney – aspetto tue notizie presto e grazie mille per questo commento!

  5. Cristina 9th October 2015 at 10:16 am

    Reading your post made me very nostalgic! It is true, spending a summer in Umbria (in Amelia) changed my life.
    In 2012, I went to take a summer course in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection (it has been running every summer for about 5 years) and I met my now husband there. I suspect the Umbrian backdrop had some influence on us. The churches, the medieval festivals, the sunflower fields, the wine…
    We now live in London, but we often find ourselves daydreaming about moving to Italy and enjoying that dream of a lifestyle again.

  6. kevin swain 9th October 2015 at 10:21 am

    All this is so true. I love Umbria. Today the Truffle Festival starts in my village.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 4:56 pm

      Hallo Kevin, thank you for this message.
      How did the festival go?

  7. marco 9th October 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Alessio l’Olio Extravergine!!!! Magari puoi fare un post solo su quello!!!!

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Ciao Marco. L’articolo e’ in arrivo. Hai proprio ragione!!

  8. Susan Bowhay-Pringle 10th October 2015 at 8:41 am

    I’ve lived in Umbria for 20 years and agree with just about everything you say, but I must take you to task over your comments on art/museums. You simply can’t compare modern art and Giotto in such a dismissive way, and it is possible to over-dose on religious paintings. The Umbrians could learn a lesson or two from the Brits when it comes to museum presentation. Apart from the well-known galleries and museums in Britain there are hundreds all over the country that are fascinating, interactive, child-friendly or just quirky (and many of them free). I’ve visited a couple of interesting museums in Le Marche but have yet to find one in Umbria. Can you suggest any? For me the glory of Umbria is in its landscapes and architecture – there’s more than enough to delight the eye without searching it out.
    Thanks for your blog – it’s the best I’ve ever seen on Umbria.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Hallo Susan, you are absolutely right about art exhibitions in Umbria. There are few, and usually either not well kept or, in general, not quirky.
      I think this is a bit due (just my loud thoughts) to a certain reluctance to “dare”.
      In my experience, also, there is too much bureaucracy behind an art exhibition in Italy (a requesto to the Comune, then to the Provincia, then to the Regione, then the Assessore has to approve it….) and people use to be more conservative in order to get the exhibition approved. Which is a shame.

      I apologise for being so dismissive about modern art and Giotto. The article is meant to be a cheeky, quick overview of what Umbria offers. There would be so much to say about that! I have to say, even if the two types of art are not comparable, I can still appreciate and in come case love modern art. Though now and then I am speechless in front of some exhibitions at the Tate Modern where, honestly, there is very little art and very much “concept behind”. though, again, it’s once case and not the rule of course.

      Thank you again for your lovely comment and hope to read more from you soon! A

      1. Susan Bowhay-Pringle 28th October 2015 at 6:10 pm

        Aaahh, the dreaded Italian bureaucracy! Probably the only drawback (that I can think of) to living in Italy ….. but there are so many compensations as you so rightly point out.

  9. Rob Landeweerd 10th October 2015 at 8:41 am

    Dear Alessio, Compliments with the blog post! Indeed..this is exactly why we felt in love 15 years ago with Umbria, after we had travelled around Italy almost every year. 8 years ago we decided to give up our professional lives in The Netherlands and start all over again in Umbria, near our beloved Città della Pieve. We built our own house and the positive experience of this project became our new business http://www.specialumbria.com: building, restoring, interior design, sale and exclusive rentals of real estate. In 8 years we are working on our 25th building project right now and we are happy to see so many foreigners falling in love as well with one of the best areas in Italy. It’s good to read your blog, as sometimes you tend to forget, when working hard, that we are that lucky that we can work and live in such a wonderful country and region.
    Just some of our favorite food places:
    http://www.trattoriabrunocoppetta.com: Citta della Pieve
    http://www.portasenese.it: Castiglione del Lago
    http://www.lacucinadisanpietroapettine.com: Trevi
    Always welcome here when you are in the area! Ciao, Rob

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Goede Morgen Rob!
      Thank you so much for sharing your story. It’s an inspiring example of how, following your passions and persisting where you see some beauty, you can achieve incredible results and truly enjoy life.
      I have visited your website and I am really impressed by the wonderful locations you have created. I would really like to visit at least one of them and to meet you. Also, as friends and readers often ask where can they stay in Umbria, your estates look like a wonderful option. I would salute you in Dutch but that would be it in terms of your language, as I am finding very difficult to learn in.. still trying hard though! :)
      I’ll be back in Umbria over Christmas, but I assume you will be busy with guests. I’ll let you know anyway.

      And thanks for the food tips. I have a very good friends from Citta’ della Pieve that went to University with me and he once invited us to eat at Bruno Coppetta. I can still taste in my mouth the most delicious “coratella” ever! So many memories…

      Thanks again for the message! tot ziens, Alessio

  10. Giuseppe Tarzia 10th October 2015 at 10:30 am

    Hi Alessio, I’ve moved to Western Australia 15 years ago but in the last 10 i’ve managed to go back to the Bel Paese driving north to south, viceversa, or staying mainly in central Italy, particularly in Umbria and Marche. I’d like to signal 2 places to eat worth going; the1st is unknown to the big audience and sits 10 km above the locality of Scandolaro, off the Flaminia road next to Foligno. It is called I due Apostoli and it is run by Maurizio Cancelli and his wife. Maurizio is a real artist and you can admire lots of artworks. The Kitchen is run by the wife making homemade pasta (this is obvious nowadays), but also presenting hand cut prosciutto di Norcia, porcini mushroom or shaved black truffle as accompaniments in an atmosphere of an hermitage. After you pay the bill (25 euro p.p.) you’ll realise how worth it is to drive on a narrow road amongst olive groves and woods to reach the address. The 2nd is less far from the main road but still a bit hidden: La Cucina di San Pietro a Pettine is something every traveller coming in the area around Trevi, would love to experience at least once. A degustation set menu that amplifies the search of new dishes with the black truffle which comes from their own estate. The evening i was there with my Aussie wife, I was the only Italian amongst all diners (23). The surrounds and the on site chapel make this venue very special for any kind of ceremony.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Giuseppe, what a great two tips! I haven’t heard of any of them and I am looking forward to going. I am back in Umbria over Christmas and I will definitely try to squeese in at least one of these two places you recommend. Usually the hidden gems at the end of narrow, country roads are the most special. Thank you again for the message and, please, share any other good spot whenever you have some more. Looking forward to hearing from you! Ciao and say hi to the beautiful Australia! Alessio

  11. Francesco Gallo 10th October 2015 at 10:41 am

    Grazie Alessio!

  12. Teresa G 10th October 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I am now going to be a faithful follower of this blog!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing about Umbria. It’s one of my favorite places in the world.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Teresa, you are so kind! Messages like yours give me the energy to keep writing. Thank YOU! Alessio

  13. Marina Gutierrez 10th October 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Alessio,

    A friend from Umbria/Perugia sent me your blog address and I want to thank him and you for the information. I can’t agree more, Umbria is beautiful, I am currently visiting it for the third time, today I went to the historic city of Perugia and while walking under Roca Paulina, I was thinking, what a unique city and region. I lived in Italy in the past but I hope to return to Umbria.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Hallo Marina, thank you for this message! So, how did the holiday go? Rocca Paolina is truly a unique, underground village in the middle of Perugia. How magical is that? During Christmas, the streets get crowded with little markets and the Christmas atmosphere surrounds you everywhere.
      I’ll keep posting on Umbria and I hope you’ll find useful tips for your next travels! Ciao, Alessio

  14. Susanna Ohtonen 10th October 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hello Alessio!
    I run a musical association called OperaExtravaganza in Northern Lazio, but since May 2015 have put up a campaign to bring Italian historic theatres back to life with classical music! http://www.adoptatheatre.com.
    Our first choise was the amazing theatre Francesco Torti in Bevagna (PG) in Umbria! We will be back at the theatre on the 21st November at 6pm with a fantastic Italian program: Opera “La Dirindina” by Domenica Scarlatti and The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. If you have the possibility to come, we would be very happy!!!

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Hallo Susanna!
      What a great initiative you are working on! Bringing italian theatres back to life! That is so much needed and I am glad to know people like you are working to make this happen.

      Thank you so much for this invite. I’ll be travelling in Norway and Rotterdam during the second half of November, otherwise I would have loved to come. Please, keep us posted with other performances and I will surely join if in the area. Good luck for the show!

  15. Patrizia Gibas 11th October 2015 at 11:54 am

    Hi Alessio.
    My late mother’s home town is Gubbio, she married my Polish Father a the end of the war and they came to Derby where I was born but my heart and soul belong to Gubbio and that is my retirement aim ( a handful of years away yet!!). But I visit my cousins often ( already been for the Ceri this year and will be back again in December when they light the biggest Christmas tree in the world! The food is great, the people great ( if a little nuts) the lifestyle so geared around family. There is a fabulous Agriturismo called Le Volte just outside of Gubbio, where the food is heaven sent, try it!! But I admit I am biased as it belongs to my cousin’s Mario’s wife Anna and they are both awesome cooks, so many fabulous dishes! Roll on December and oh gosh am hungry now just thinking about it!
    Great blog, ironically sent to me by my cousin Daniella in Gubbio!! But it has made me feel like getting on the next plane!
    Ciao, ciao.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Patrizia, ciao! What a lovely message from you. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s funny how sometimes we feel like we belong to a place even if we haven’t spent too much time there. But still, there is an inner connection…
      Thank you for the restaurant tip! I will try that one. Have you tried Il Panaro just outside Gubbio. It used to have (I hope still does) the best Torta al Testo in the world! Soo delicious. Ask Daniela if she knows that place.
      And thank you for reading my blog. I hope you will be reading the future posts as well and commenting on them. comments from you guys really make me love the writing, and make me learn so much about my own region! Thank you! ciao, Alessio

  16. Steve Evers 11th October 2015 at 1:13 pm


    Let me congratulate you on a job well done.

    You have captured the essence of Umbria, the truth of which is confirmed by the comments to your blog. I join therein.

    For 10 years I have been working in an old house in northeastern Umbria, which has been a labor of love. However, my monthly visits have been enriched by my exposure to all of the great things in Umbria that you have written about. In my mind I can not elevate one above the other (i.e. food v. art), they are all great.

    Thank you, again.


  17. Terry Comer 11th October 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Cortona…Umbertide…oh how I love you!!!! Terry Comer.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hallo Terry! Cortona is a true Gem. I used to go there every year for my birthday just to treat myself with the view of the Annunciazione painting from Beato Angelico. Stunning. thanks for the comment! Alessio

  18. flavio 11th October 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Please check Giochi de le porte in Gualdo tadino. I live in miami now i been dressing for the festival since im 10 years old and every year i fly back for it.
    Its the best

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Hallo Flavio. I have been to i Giochi delle Porte! I have good friends from Gualdo (including some crazy ones…Alessandrino….are you reading? :) )
      Do you really fly back every year?? Impressive!
      Thank you for sharing it. How come are you affectionate to this even?

  19. Margreet 11th October 2015 at 3:25 pm

    After spending many years in France and Spain for our holidays, we spent this years holiday in Umbria.(agriturismo in Amelia – San cristoforo)
    Without exagerating this is by far the most beautiful holiday we’ve had since at least 30 years. The food, the wine, the people, the countryside, the lovely villages, churches …. just everything. It brought back the Italian feeling that we had when spending many years at lake Como, where we met back in 1976…..
    We will definitely come back, we will start catching up our Italian language courses. It has really stolen our hearts!!!

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Margreet, so glat to hear there is another fan of Umbria! You are not lthe first and definitely not the last. There is so much to discover….I hope you will go back soon and will have an even better experience! I will keep posting on it and hopefully you’ll find nice tips to organise your trips. Ciao and grazie! Alessio

  20. Roberto 12th October 2015 at 8:52 am

    Are you crazy??? This is my holiday place (beside where I was born and raised). I do not want more turist going around when I am on holidays. I have enough kaaskops (Dutchies, that I love since I lived there for 12 years).
    Keep it a secret! The prices will go up and the people won’t greet me anymore with “‘che ‘tte venga ‘ncolpo!” ((I stroke might get you).

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Hahaha Roberto you truly made me laugh. Che ti venga un colpo is such a common yelling you get, either you have done something very bad or very good. It’s true that the more secret it stays the more authentic it will remain. It fells a bit of a shame though not to share so much beauty :)

  21. karima moyer-nocchi 12th October 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Hello Alessio. I am an American living in Città di Castello, Umbria. I’ve been here for 25 years and have long considered it my home. I am a food historian and thought you and your readers might be interested in my recent publication:
    Chewing the Fat – An Oral History of Italian Foodways from Fascism to Dolce Vita.

    In essence it is a compendium of eighteen oral history narratives derived from interviews with “ninetysomething” Italian women about their experiences during the Ventennio Fascista, each one separated by a brief essay intermezzo expanding upon highlights of the period. This wholly new approach to exploring food history examines the crucial passage of how Italian food morphed into the internationally adored “Italian cuisine” over the course of the last century. Along the journey through time, it debunks many of the best-loved “fakelore” myths propagated by the Nostalgia Industry.

    Here is the link to the description page with more information:


    Thanks for celebrating Umbria!

  22. Tim 13th October 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Ciao Alessio,

    We need more good things said about Umbria!

    As you say, it is one of the few regions in Italy where the tourists are less evident, which is both good and bad!

    We first came to Umbria in 1990 to fly hang gliders from Monte Cucco and fell in love with the region. 25 years on, we now run electric bike tour holidays in Umbria and in the winter Ski Safari holidays in the Dolomite Mountains.

    Here is a film we made to help promote our bike tours in Umbria. I am sure that you will recognise a few places – https://vimeo.com/137542330.

    Excellent blog!

    Ciao, ciao, Tim

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Hallo Tim,
      sky gliding….you are definitely an adventurous type! I used to go to Monte Cucco for the Geology and fossils, as I am a geologist and palaeontologist.
      The video you sent is absolutely fantastic! I have recognised most of the places. If you would like to send me some general infos on your bike tours, it would be great. It could be an interesting topic for my readers. thanks!
      Ciao ciao e a presto!

      1. Tim 20th October 2015 at 9:11 pm

        Ciao Alessio, thanks fur the offer! What us your email address? Email me at tim@inspireditaly.com.

        Ciao, Tim

  23. Nat & Tim 13th October 2015 at 9:26 pm

    So true, we loved the 3 months we spent in Umbria.

    1. Alessio 15th October 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Hallo Nat and tim. 3 months! WOW! That was a nice treat. where about? And…will you be back soon? thanks for the message! Alessio

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  25. Marco 16th November 2015 at 10:16 am

    I spent six years in the neighbourhood of Orvieto, so I can vouchsafe all that you say, but…

    …but for one thing. People are friendly only on the surface. When you get to know them better, you will discover how widespread envy, slander, backbiting, gossiping, spite, and pure unalloyed meanness can be.

    Suffice it to say that in Orvieto alone there are more lawyers per 1’000 inhabitants, than in most of the rest of Italy.


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