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Travel+Leisure dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages

Travel+Leisure dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

In this eastern Umbrian citadel, artisanal culinary traditions endure. Pecorino cheese is aged for two years, trained dogs sniff out black truffles in the woodlands, and honey is sourced from the red wildflowers that bloom in the plains. But it’s the cinghiale that takes pride of place. Throughout the centro storico, the scent of spiced wild-boar salumi carries from the norcineria (delis) into the traffic-free roads. Step past the prosciutti hanging in storefronts to find shopkeepers curing cuts of the pork with methods perfected over the past 800 years. Ask them to slice up fresh ciauscoli, and bring it to the Piazza San Benedetto, where villagers celebrate the Festival of Saint Benedict in the spring.

How to Get There: Norcia is 69 miles northeast of Rome.

Where to Stay: The 24-room Palazzo Seneca, set in a 16th-century palace.

Where to Eat: Il Granaro del Monte, for plates of black-truffle strangozzi pasta.

Local Take: Fabrizio Marini, director of the food shop Norceria Brancaleone da Norcia, recommends visiting during the Black Truffle Festival, in February and March.

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Travel+Leisure forget about the Earthquake and dedicates to Norcia/Castelluccio a space inside the article: 25 Secret European Villages

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Instagram snapshots: Pier Luigi Aldinucci in central Italy

Instagram snapshots: Pier Luigi Aldinucci in central Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The sweeping views, colours and movie location quality of the Marche and Tuscany countryside are superbly documented by a local resident
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Giove: the Resurrection of a Gem

Giove: the Resurrection of a Gem | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Just 30 km east of Perugia, skirt the mountain village, Valtopina (population, about 1400). Take the curvy road winding around hillsides of olive groves, t
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Spoleto - Castelluccio di Norcia among the Europe's 10 most beautiful drives

Spoleto - Castelluccio di Norcia among the Europe's 10 most beautiful drives | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Spoleto to Norcia and the Monti Sibillini loop, Italy

This short but spectacular day's drive out of Spoleto is like a landscape opera in a prologue, three acts and an encore – the latter as you repeat the Spoleto-Norcia stretch on the return journey. The prologue is the gentle, summery, olive-clad plain surrounding the cultured Umbrian hilltown that is your starting point.

A three-mile-long tunnel gives the stagehands time to change the set for Act 1: the Valnerina, a cool, steep-sided green valley dotted with solid stone-built villages that have a vaguely Alpine feel. More bucolic, Act 2 begins with a sweeping vista across a fertile upland plain to the handsome walled town of Norcia, famous for its truffles, sausages and Benedictine monastery, with the Sibillini mountains looming behind.

It's these that provide the drama of Act 3: the road begins to climb steeply up to Passo di Gualdo, where the Piano Grande, an upland valley famous for its lentils, and the rainbow tapestry painted by its wildflowers, suddenly appears in all its glory.

Starts: Spoleto – take road numbers: SS3, SS685, SS320 from Spoleto to Norcia, then local roads to Preci, Visso, Castelluccio and back to Norcia, returning to Spoleto on the same route.

Length: 101 miles.

Time: Allow just over three hours' actual driving. Allowing for time for sightseeing and lunch, this makes for a perfect short day's outing.

Best driven in: Late May or early June when the crocuses, fritillaries and lentils are in flower, turning Piano Grande into a carpet of shifting colours.

Top tip: At 1,452m, the village of Castelluccio is higher than Ben Nevis – so come prepared for snow, even late in the season, though the roads are generally well gritted.

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Our neighboring Umbria can boast one of the finest drives of Europe and it is only a handful of kilometers from the natural border with Le Marche, the Sibillini Mountains.
#umbria #marche #norcia #spoleto #italy #travel #europe
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"Cat"ivated by Deruta!

"Cat"ivated by Deruta! | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Join me for a stroll through Deruta, a charming and "cativating" hill town in Umbria...
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Deruta lies in the central heart of Umbria, its sole industry is ceramics. Deruta is devoted to its artistic tradition, there are nearly two hundred workshops and stores, along with a school for Ceramic Arts and a Ceramics Museum

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Castelluccio: the unmissable place in central Italy

Castelluccio: the unmissable place in central Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Mention the name of this tiny, isolated Umbrian town, situated on a majestic plateau in the Apennines, to a Roman and they may well ask ‘where’s that?’

While visiting Rome in mid-July, before embarking on an eight-day whistle-stop road trip through the Italian regions of Umbria, Tuscany, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna, we mentioned to well-travelled friends in the country’s capital that our first stop would be the town of Castelluccio. [...]

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Castelluccio or Castelluccio di Norcia is a magic place between Umbria and Marche that actually was considered magic for centuries.  This, by Greecessence, is the last article you can find online full of useful tips and beautiful photos. If you want to read more about in English or Italian, consider my resources here:

 http://www.scoop.it/search?q=castelluccio 

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Umbria for dummies - Telegraph

Umbria for dummies - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The best attractions in Umbria, Italy, including the top 10 towns to visit and a seasonal guide, chosen by our expert Tim Jepson.
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The Telegraph publishes, a bit late I think, its own Italy summer holidays guide dedicated to the Umbria Region. Overview, Getting there, Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Events, Drives, the categories explained.

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Montrose's curator insight, August 2, 2015 2:41 AM

The Telegraph publishes, a bit late I think, its own Italy summer holidays guide dedicated to the Umbria Region. Overview, Getting there, Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Events, Drives, the categories explained.

Norman Peires's curator insight, August 2, 2015 7:04 AM

The Telegraph publishes, a bit late I think, its own Italy summer holidays guide dedicated to the Umbria Region. Overview, Getting there, Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, Events, Drives, the categories explained.

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Jazz, blues, theater: summer in Umbria, art and music

Jazz, blues, theater: summer in Umbria, art and music | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Umbrian beginning of summer is full of appointments related to music; Festival dei Due Mondi, Umbria Jazz, Cambio Festival, and Trasimeno Blues are events of international level that any enthusiast shouldn’t be missed. [...]

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If you’ve never heard of the Umbria Jazz Festival, prepare to have your world elegantly funked and smoothly grooved. For 10 days every July, Italy plays host to some of the most famed and celebrated Jazz talent around.

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Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria

Gourmet Italy: what to eat and drink in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Tim Jepson offers a guide to the best dishes, destinations and food-themed holidays in Umbria, the "green heart of Italy". [...]

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What to eat in Umbria?

Hams and salami as antipasti, Porchetta, Farro or spelt around Monteleone di Spoleto, the rare Fagiolina of the Lake Trasimeno, Bettona's peas, Lenticchie (lentils) di Castelluccio. The pastas: manfricoli, ciriole, picchiarelli, cavatelli, and stringozzi or strozzapreti. Truffles, trouts of the nera, eels of Lake Piediluco ... this is just to start... read the article

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Gubbio and Città di Castello in Umbria

Gubbio and Città di Castello in Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Hello!Finally today I've some time to go on with our quick tour of Umbria, in the heart of Italy. The area of Gubbio is located in the nord east of Umbria region, adjoining Marche region. The whole...
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An Italian Travel blogger visits Gubbio, described as one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy and Città di Castello, where modern and historic Italy combine.

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Umbria, exploring the home of the International Journalism Festival

Umbria, exploring the home of the International Journalism Festival | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Nature, history, art and big events: a multimedia journey through Umbria and the venues of the International Journalism Festival.
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Visit Umbria for the International Journalism Festival

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Umbria, a treasure trove of wonderful treats!  We spend a week there, May 16-23 in a  villa by a lake, near Orvieto.  www.italianexcursion.com.  Only two spaces left on this small group tour.  Wine, food, daily adventures in art, culture, history, dining, tasting.  Live like an Italian!

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An Italian Castle in Need of a Rescue - Nytimes

An Italian Castle in Need of a Rescue - Nytimes | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of the oldest castles in Italy is for sale. The Castel San Giuliano, portions of which date from the 11th century, is being sold along with six hectares, or 15 acres, of land, an ancient oratory, a tiny church, a farmhouse and two small houses or outbuildings that, like the rest of the compound, have fallen into such decline that it is all but impossible to determine their original use, though storage is a good bet. It is all available for 2.65 million euros, or $2.99 million. If that sounds like a lot of real estate for the price, consider this: None of the buildings are habitable. [...]

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Castello di Postignano: a world unique accommodation

Castello di Postignano: a world unique accommodation | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Castello di Postignano is an historic medieval fortified town, or borgo, that has been given new life by a passionate and dedicated team that has seen this remarkable restoration project through with meticulous attention to detail.

It is situated in the heart of Umbria, part of a constellation of enchanting towns and art treasures in the green, unspoilt setting of Valnerina. Here you will find sixty unique homes clustered around the tower and the frescoed church.

Discover this ancient and fascinating place by walking through the streets, up and down the steps and beneath the archways. The views are splendid. You will fall in love with this architectural gem and its unforgettable atmosphere and will want to own a home here.  [...]

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Follow the blooming in Castelluccio di Norcia in the Sibillini Park

Follow the blooming in Castelluccio di Norcia in the Sibillini Park | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
If you are visiting Florence, between May and July, escape for a day/night from the cradle of the Renaissance and follow the blooming in Castelluccio Di Norcia,
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A pescatarian's visit to Norcia, the pork capital of Italy

A pescatarian's visit to Norcia, the pork capital of Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Is it possible to spend three days in a town known for its meat and not be a meat-eater?
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How to Celebrate Easter in Italy

How to Celebrate Easter in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Italian culture is one of strong family and religious roots. For this reason, festivities such as Christmas and Easter carry multiple traditions and events. Some of the most popular, among Italians at Umbra, can be found below:
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Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Città di Castello is a city located in north Umbria, in the province of Perugia. The town's location in the valley of the Tiber River, and surrounded by the Apennines, is picturesque to say the least. When visiting Città di Castello one can't help but imagine how the town of all-brick buildings would have looked at the time of the town's founding, which is thought to date back to the Iron Age and the Etruscans. [...]

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Visitors can reach Terni directly from Rome and then take a train to Città di Castello... so why not to visit?

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Visitors can reach Terni directly from Rome and then take a train to Città di Castello... so why not to visit?

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Preparing for Winter in Italy

Preparing for Winter in Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Autumn is firmly entrenched here in the hills of Umbria, the smell of wood smoke dominates all other smells, and colder weather is just around the corner. Winter in Italy, especially when you reside in the rural countryside of central to north Italy, can be mild and it also can be harsh, therefore calling for a change in one’s day-to-day living strategies. You’d best be prepared… 

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So you want to live in Italy, don't you? Certainly, visiting the chosen site in summer is a great idea, but in summer, every place looks fantastic. You need at least one winter and only then your idea will be accomplished, truthful. I do not say that the Italian winter is better or worse of the winter of your place of origin... Utilities, for example, can be expensive when it’s winter, gas can make your bills sky-high. So, are you willing to wear a sweater in the house in the colder months?

Just read this article to figure out if you can handle a winter in Italy.

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Truffle Season Begins With The White One

Truffle Season Begins With The White One | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The Tuber magnatum is the most valuable truffle because it has a distinctly alluring perfume and although its taste is delicate it fulfils the quintessential sensation we expect of a 'truffle'. Due to the high price it commands, secrecy abounds.
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Tamara Griffiths introduces you to the truffle season of Central italy. Here the best highlight of the article: <<Few people -- including Italians -- realize that the main area for White Truffle (Tuber magnatum) production is now in the Apennines of Abruzzo, and Umbria, with some production in the Marche side of the mountains. For historic reasons this truffle remains associated with Northern Italy, in particular with Piedmont. Yet by comparison production levels in the north are much less.>>

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Tamara Griffiths introduces you to the truffle season of Central italy. Here the best highlight of the article: <<Few people -- including Italians -- realize that the main area for White Truffle (Tuber magnatum) production is now in the Apennines of Abruzzo, and Umbria, with some production in the Marche side of the mountains. For historic reasons this truffle remains associated with Northern Italy, in particular with Piedmont. Yet by comparison production levels in the north are much less.>>

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Umbria for Dummies | A trip through the enchanting hill towns of Umbria

Umbria for Dummies | A trip through the enchanting hill towns of Umbria | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Strolling along these twisted cobbled lanes, you'll feel like you've entered a different world, writes Luke Slattery.
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Luke Slattery on a page of the Australian DailyLife.com take your hand and introduces you to the beautiful town of Umbria: Spello, Panicale, Perugia, Norcia, Castelluccio. Will tell you about the incredible treasures of gothic and renaissance art of these towns but also about salume, and truffles. Prosciutto and sausages made from wild boar and pork: norcineria. 

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Luke Slattery on a page of the Australian DailyLife.com take your hand and introduces you to the beautiful town of Umbria: Spello, Panicale, Perugia, Norcia, Castelluccio. Will tell you about the incredible treasures of gothic and renaissance art of these towns but also about salume, and truffles. Prosciutto and sausages made from wild boar and pork: norcineria. 

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Cycling Tuscany and Umbria | Italy

Cycling Tuscany and Umbria | Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

If you like cycling, you will definitely want to do a cycling tour of Tuscany and Umbria. These fantastic provinces have a lot to offer: the hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany and Umbria are a cyclist's dream. [...]

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If, next summer,  you want to cycle Tuscany and Umbria, read this articleand then buy a guide

Bicycle Touring in Tuscany by David Cleveland (Author) is a backroads guide to cycling in Italy. It provides everything you need to plan a tour of Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches: What to bring, where to go, how to transport your bike, how to ride away from the airport. It describes eight multi-day tours with detailed maps of every route. This is your guide to some of the most spectacular riding in the world.

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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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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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Orvieto, not just another hill town

Orvieto, not just another hill town | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

About a one hour drive North of Rome is Orvieto, known for its amazing white wine. It's a small city with lots to offer. We share some of our favourites. [...]

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BBC in Umbria & Le Marche | Italy Unpacked | Series 3 - 2. To the Centre of the Earth

BBC in  Umbria & Le Marche | Italy Unpacked | Series 3 - 2. To the Centre of the Earth | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
The second leg of Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli's journey up the east coast takes them to the heart of Italy and the regions of Le Marche and Umbria. In the city of Urbino they visit the former palace of Federico da Montefeltro, a 15th-century scholar and commander of a private army who was one of the driving forces of the Italian Renaissance. In the Apennine Mountains, they explore the Grotte di Frassasone, one of the largest underground caves in the world, before heading to the Norcia Valley, where people have made delicious pork sausages and salamis for centuries.
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A digital detox in Umbria, Italy | A model of hospitality to follow?

A digital detox in Umbria, Italy | A model of hospitality to follow? | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Sarah Phillips breaks her Wi-Fi habit at the Eremito, an Italian eco-hotel that mixes an aesthetic design with an ascetic lifestyle

The hotel is aimed at solo travellers, which means that even if you visit as a couple, you have to sleep apart.  The nine-square-metre rooms or celluzze, based on monastic cells, are simple but impeccably designed. A desk and chair are cut out of the local stone which has been used to cave-like effect to build this hermit’s paradise. [...]

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