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Dream of Italy: The Umbria Episode

In the third episode of Dream of Italy (new PBS travel series), we go to the green heart of Italy- Umbria. In Perugia, host Kathy McCabe In Perugia, we meet two women carrying on their family traditions — Maddalena Forenza creating stained glass and Marta Cucchia and her handmade textiles. Just outside Perugia, at the Perugina Chocolate School, chocolate maestro Massimiliano Guidubaldi teaches host Kathy McCabe to make the famous Baci candy. [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 11, 2015 4:38 PM

Italy in the new PBS travel series is really a good product. Here is the full Umbria Episode. Kathy is an enthusiastic person, the photography is stunning, the storytelling is fascinating. The Italy unseen proposed to the United States? Promises maintained.

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Rick Steves: Orvieto is all an Italian hill town should be

Rick Steves: Orvieto is all an Italian hill town should be | East Coast Limousine Service | Scoop.it

Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy. Less than 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits majestically high above the valley floor atop a big chunk of "tufo" volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted Umbrian plains. A visit here will reward you with a delightful, perfectly preserved, and virtually traffic-free world highlighted by a colorful-inside-and-out cathedral and some of Italy's best wine. [...]


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Villa in Umbria's curator insight, March 13, 2014 1:51 PM

Beautiful #Orvieto #Umbria

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Country Roads: Orvieto's Etruscan Chef

Country Roads: Orvieto's Etruscan Chef | East Coast Limousine Service | Scoop.it

Legend has it that a 12th century Catholic bishop, while en route for a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican, sent his personal aide ahead with instructions to scout out the inns that serve the best wines along the way. As the aide made his way, he would mark the front doors of inns that had reputable grape with a largeEST! (Latin for “it is”). Upon arriving in Orvieto, once the epicenter of Etruscan culture and religion, he tasted the wine at a particular inn and was pleasantly surprised by its bouquet and quickly wrote on the door EST! EST! EST! to ensure that his bishop would dismount and quench his thirst.

The bishop did stop, and loved the wine so much that he never kept his appointment with the Holy Father down in Rome and remained in Orvieto for the remainder of his days. No doubt with a much smaller liver, but quite content. [...]


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Truffles: The Most Expensive Food in the World

European white truffles sell for as much as $3,600 a pound, but harvests are down and a black market has emerged -- none of which has dampened the appetite for this prized fungi. Lesley Stahl reports.


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Julie Thompson's curator insight, February 7, 2015 3:35 PM

I'm sure people don't want to hear this but if they would take a crap in the woods after eating a truffle- well, you'd have more truffles after spreading the spores. Talk about flushing away a fortune- too bad. :(

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Discover the true heart of Italy on a coach trip from Rome to Venice

Discover the true heart of Italy on a coach trip from Rome to Venice | East Coast Limousine Service | Scoop.it
Max Wooldridge embarks on a 16-day luxury coach trip to discover Italy's cities and regional towns with experts - visiting some of the country's finest hotels and classiest restaurants along the way.

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Country Roads: Saintly Assisi

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Two night's sleep and one-and-a-half days of touring now in the rearview mirror, our band of merry media -- guests of Insight Vacations' "Country Roads of Italy" journey around Umbria and Tuscany -...

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 5, 2013 3:17 PM

"It’s a leisurely stroll that takes us inside landmark churches and past Roman and Etruscan ruins, bustling Piazza del Commune and the Temple of Minerva, artisan food shops, art galleries and open-air cafes, and ends at a lush greenbelt that leads down to the impressive Basilica of St. Francis."

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The High Life in Italy’s Umbria Region

The High Life in Italy’s Umbria Region | East Coast Limousine Service | Scoop.it

Umbria, a region in Italy’s heartland, is no ordinary place. Enjoy La Dolce Vita country-style at the dining table of an Umbrian vineyard, eating white truffle pasta washed down with a nicely aged Sagrantino for half the price of the same in Florence.
One of the magical qualities of Umbria (and, to be fair, virtually all of Italy) is that this is a place where a casual dinner can still feel like a life-altering experience.[...]


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