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Italian Food Forever » L'infiorate di Spello 2014 Photo Journal

Italian Food Forever » L'infiorate di Spello 2014 Photo Journal | Umbria | Scoop.it
One of my favorite experiences each year takes place in Spello on Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) when the entire small town is carpeted in flowers in a celebration called Le Infiorate. From one end of the town to the other, ...
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Umbria Rock Festival: Sunshine, Good Wine and Power Chords

Umbria Rock Festival: Sunshine, Good Wine and Power Chords | Umbria | Scoop.it
Set in a magical ancient walled town of Massa Martana in sunny Umbria, the inaugural Umbria Rock festival is set to be a weekend to remember, and I am thrilled to have been asked to work with them to help make the first year a big success.
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Can't WAIT for this festival!  Fantastic line-up and just around the corner from where we live!  Good luck to all involved in getting this brand new venture off the ground and here's to many more! 

#startatradition  

Great article by Janis Curry  Follow her on @janiscurry

Also @UmbriaRockFest

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On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 2 - June 23, 2014

On the Road with the Grape Guy: Report from ... Montefalco: a Journey of Sagrantino, Day 2 - June 23, 2014 | Umbria | Scoop.it
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Day 2 from Michael Pinkus - the Grape Guy!  

Onward with his exploration of the #Montefalco wines!

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LTR in Umbria | LTR – Loyd Townsend Rose

LTR in Umbria | LTR – Loyd Townsend Rose | Umbria | Scoop.it
We recently undertook a wonderful walk across Umbria from Norcia to Spoleto, taking in the amazing scenery of this part of Italy, dining on endless delicious local cuisine and staying in some delightful country hotels, the ...
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Nice write-up - it's always good to read about #Spoleto!

Thank you Andrew of LTR travel for this post.

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Umbrian Wine Tour…Drink and Be Driven! |Brigolante Guest Apartments

Umbrian Wine Tour…Drink and Be Driven! |Brigolante Guest Apartments | Umbria | Scoop.it
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One of our first ever tours had  Rebecca Winke, blogger extraordinaire (among her many talents) along!  It was a really fun day with lovely folk - so lets go back to 2010 and Rebecca's wonderful write-up of the day!

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Italy: In September, this Umbrian drive-by rates a fly-by national salute - The Providence Journal

Italy: In September, this Umbrian drive-by rates a fly-by national salute - The Providence Journal | Umbria | Scoop.it
The Providence Journal
Italy: In September, this Umbrian drive-by rates a fly-by national salute
The Providence Journal
But, on a mid-September Sunday every year this Umbrian drive-by becomes a destination.
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Ah!  The Quintana!  #Foligno #Umbria

All good fun!

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Pomodoro's Incredible Carapace Tenuta Castelbuono Winery in Bevagna

Pomodoro's Incredible Carapace Tenuta Castelbuono Winery in Bevagna | Umbria | Scoop.it
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Love it or hate it, the Carapace is here to stay.  Great building, jury is out on the whopping great red arrow pointing to it's location - my view is, THAT part is a scar on the beautiful Umbrian landscape and at odds with the architecture of the actual winery which over time will blend with the countryside.  It will be interesting to watch this new guy on the Umbrian block to see if he produces a few more wines!

 

Thank you Sharri Whiting for the blog post and great photos.

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Umbria: Wines from the green heart of Italy - BrowsingItaly

Umbria, has an ancient tradition of vine cultivation, and today, together with high quality wine production, offers a plethora of outstanding wines.
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Nice guest piece by Alessandra of Discovering Umbria....  

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In Italy’s Umbria region, a sagrantino resurgence | Wine | SanLuisObispo.com

In Italy’s Umbria region, a sagrantino resurgence | Wine | SanLuisObispo.com | Umbria | Scoop.it
In the 1960s, the sagrantino grape was disappearing from the hillsides around the town of Montefalco, in Italy’s Umbria region. Considered to be indigenous to the area, sagrantino, a sturdy red grape, had been cultivated at least since the Middle Ages. The monks grew it to make a sweet sacramental wine from the dried grapes.
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Another hint that Sagrantino is climbing up in the world's awareness!

Shame the Pick Of The Week at the end has nothing to do with Sagrantino, or even Umbria!  Ah well!

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Umbria travel guide - Telegraph

Umbria travel guide - Telegraph | Umbria | Scoop.it

Thnis An essential guide to Umbria covering the region's top attractions and hotels, plus recommendations on eating out, from Tim Jepson, our destination expert.

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This has made me very happy to see!  Thank you Tim Jepson for highlighting Umbria for everyone to see - she really is a jewel worth exploring, and easily accessible from the UK!

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UMBRIA ROCK Festival 2014: da venerdi 1 Agosto a Massa Martana (Perugia) - Rockon.it

UMBRIA ROCK Festival 2014: da venerdi 1 Agosto a Massa Martana (Perugia) - Rockon.it | Umbria | Scoop.it

FantasticVenerdì 1, sabato 2 e domenica 3 Agosto la località umbra di Massa Martana ospiterà la prima edizione dell’Umbria Rock Festival.

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Fantastic!!!  Brilliant line-up ... .Come and support this premiere of Umbria Rock Festival near the pretty town of Massa Martana!

1st to 3rd August ....

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PORCHETTIAMO - Il Festival delle Porchette d\'Italia / 9 • 10 • 11 MAY 2014

PORCHETTIAMO - Il Festival delle Porchette d\'Italia / 9 • 10 • 11 MAY 2014 | Umbria | Scoop.it

Porchettiamo, in its 5th year, takes place in San Terenziano, a charming village in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Porchettiamo is the festival of the Italian "porchetta, a typical and delicious food, rich in history, both noble and popular, which has always been the street-, square-, fair- and market-food. The porchette have been carefully selected according to quality,craftsmanship and authenticity. The pork was traditionally the animal butchered and salted down to be eaten throughout the year. "If you want to feel well all the year, butcher a pork", said an ancient proverb. The porchetta, on the other hand, is only cooked during the summer, for a one-day banquet. Since the seventeenth century, in a lot of central Italian regions, the baked porchetta was always present to celebrate the Sabbath.

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This is one of my absolute favourite festivals!  Porchettiamo - all things Porchetta and more!  Oh, and wine!  There will be wine!

Will we see you there?  I hope so!

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Perugia is Happy: il primo video girato in 24 ore consecutive

Perugia is Happy: il primo video girato in 24 ore consecutive | Umbria | Scoop.it
THE FIRST ITALIAN TRUE 24HOURS MUSIC VIDEO
L'Università per Stranieri di Perugia presenta PERUGIA IS HAPPY: video di presentazione della Città di Perugia Candidata a Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019
24 HOURS OF HAPPINESS IN PERUGIA
24 ORE DI RIPRESE ININTERROTTE (dalle 06:00 di sabato 12 aprile 2014 alle 06:00 di domenica 13 aprile 2014 in varie location della città di Perugia)

WWW.UNISTRAPG.IT
WWW.HAPPYPERUGIA.COM

Colonna sonora
Pharrell Williams
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This is FAB!!  Uplifting, HAPPYYY!!  And great glimpses of Perugia #Umbria!!

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10 Delicious Umbrian Food Festivals in July

10 Delicious Umbrian Food Festivals in July | Umbria | Scoop.it
A list of ten delicious local Umbrian food festivals in July 2014 in the Upper Tiber Valley near Caiporri.
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Umbria has FAB foodie festas!  

 

Great list, what would you add to it?

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italian excursion's curator insight, July 11, 2014 11:39 AM
This is the place to be! The height of summer when so many lovely fruits and vegetables are coming out of the garden…...
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Italian Food Forever » From Pig To Panini

Italian Food Forever » From Pig To Panini | Umbria | Scoop.it
Porchetta is a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast born of a rich Italian culinary tradition. Fully grown pigs weighing in at around 120 kg (250 lbs)
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Porchetta is a staple street food in Umbria - I love this write up by Deborah Mele - who catalogued the process from beginning to panino end!

 

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Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog)

Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To - Venere Travel Blog (blog) | Umbria | Scoop.it
Orvieto, the Best City You've Never Been To
Venere Travel Blog (blog)
The city of Orvieto is a tiny Umbria “comune” that many in the world have never even heard of. Orvieto literally sits on top of a volcanic cliff ...
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Wanted this scooped to the Umbria section!

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Giselle Stafford's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:39 AM

Can someone give me a personal rec for the Zeppelin restaurant?  Sounds like my kinda place!

Kathy Nielsen's curator insight, June 24, 2014 12:02 PM

Loved walking this cool village

italian excursion's curator insight, October 10, 2014 12:27 PM

This hill top town is conveniently located on the rail line to both Rome and Florence.  It has an elegance about it that keeps it from being too much of a "tourist trap" and more of an authentic Italian place.  Located at the try-corners of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, Orvieto offers a variety of experiences unique to each of these regions.  Just returned from visiting there in September and we are never disappointed, no matter that we've been there more than 3 dozen times……..ciao

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Spoleto: A historical jewel in the Umbrian hills | ITALIAN GEMS

Spoleto: A historical jewel in the Umbrian hills | ITALIAN GEMS | Umbria | Scoop.it
I started off in Piazza del Mercato, a bustling central square surrounded by lots of shops selling local delicacies such as truffles, liqueurs and Umbrian wines and cheeses. After looking in some of the shop windows I stopped to ...
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Love Spoleto!

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Olive Oil in Umbria: Past, Present, Future |Brigolante Guest Apartments

Olive Oil in Umbria: Past, Present, Future |Brigolante Guest Apartments | Umbria | Scoop.it
If there is one thing that links the past with the future in Umbria, it's the culture and tradition of olive oil. Here's a visit to the heart of olive country: Trevi.
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Rebecca Winke writes about my second favourite Umbrian subject - the gorgeous incomparable olive oil!  

We have Cantine Aperte (open wine cellars) in May, and Frantoi Aperti (open olive mills) at the end of Oct/beginning Nov.  Both big favourites of mine!

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Massa Martana to host Umbria Rock Festival - Financial Times

Massa Martana to host Umbria Rock Festival - Financial Times | Umbria | Scoop.it
Massa Martana to host Umbria Rock Festival
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To most millionaires, a rock festival arriving on the doorstep of their Umbrian holiday villa would be the stuff of summer nightmares.
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A honest to goodness rock fest right on our doorstep!  Love it!!

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italian excursion's curator insight, August 31, 2014 8:18 PM

Can this be true!?  We didn't know MM had been discovered by anyone, yet.  Umbria has so many wonderful secret places.  Music is just one more reason to explore this region.  See you there! www.italianexcursion.com

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Cheese and Cheesemakers in Umbria, Italy |Brigolante Guest Apartments

Cheese and Cheesemakers in Umbria, Italy |Brigolante Guest Apartments | Umbria | Scoop.it
Long before the hipsters in Brooklyn, farming families in Umbria's gorgeous Valnerina were making cheese. A young brother & sister duo have brought this long tradition back, with incredible success.
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Wonderful blog by Rebecca Winke - this is a fabulous glimpse into the real lives of the Umbrian locals!

Do follow Rebecca's always entertaining blog www.brigolante.com and follow her on Twitter @brigolante 

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8 lovely hilltop villages in Umbria

8 lovely hilltop villages in Umbria | Umbria | Scoop.it
A virtual visit of eight Umbrian hilltop villages, seven of which are located in the province of Perugia (of which three in the Lake Trasimeno area) and one in
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There are some here that we still haven't visited!  How many have you been to?   

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Fiorentina Steak and Sagrantino Wine Dinner at La Barca (Tue 20 May at 7:30pm)

Fiorentina Steak and Sagrantino Wine Dinner at La Barca (Tue 20 May at 7:30pm) | Umbria | Scoop.it
Villa Mongalli

This small artisanal winery, lovingly run by the Menghini family, lies in a magnificent stretch of countryside. It gets its name from the splendid abode, surrounded by an age old park, purchased by the family at the end of the nineties. It is a winery of recent beginnings but has already risen to the summit of Italian wines for the quality and merit of its bottles. The vineyards are situated between the townships of Bevagna and Montefalco, in the heart of Umbria, and occupy parcels of land in some of the best locations for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine that collocates among the most authentic and distinctive of Italian reds that have aging potential. Wines from the cellar exemplify the closest characteristics of Sagrantino. Rich red and powerful, they are skilfully treated by the Menghini family so as to couple their peculiarities with the finesse, elegance and complexity proper to great wines.

Award: Tre Bicchieri® della guida Vini d'Italia for Sagrantino vintages 2008, 2006    

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Cool!  Montefalco wines from Villa Mongalli, Bevagna, are off for a very special evening in Singapore!

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mmmmmmm....Umbrian wine! - Aroma Cucina

mmmmmmm....Umbrian wine! - Aroma Cucina | Umbria | Scoop.it
This weekend was the "Montefalceo 31st Enologica" Sagrantino wine release festival of the 2007 vintage. Sagrantino is to Umbria what Sangiovese is to Tuscany or Nebbiolo is to Piemonte. However, very few of the winemakers were pouring the 2007 vintage because it is just too young. It's like bringing Lolita to the party instead of Gigi.
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Jeff gives his low down on some of the #Umbrian wines he encountered at the Settimana Enologica in Montefalco ... (From 2010)

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The ice cream in Italy, Orvieto | by Umbria OnLine

The ice cream in Italy, Orvieto | by Umbria OnLine | Umbria | Scoop.it

h Orvieto (TR) - The historic center of one of the most beautiful cities of Umbria will be for four days an irresistible ice cream outdoors with the second edition of "The Ice Cream of Italy", the festival dedicated to craft the most delicious desserts that will be held in Orvieto from '1 to 4 May.

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Oh my!!  Gelatooooo!!!

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Coloriamo i Cieli, kites and balloons, Castiglione del Lago, lake Trasimeno, Umbria | Coloriamo i cieli

Coloriamo i Cieli, kites and balloons, Castiglione del Lago, lake Trasimeno, Umbria | Coloriamo i cieli | Umbria | Scoop.it

Excellent Coloriamo i Cieli, aquiloni e mongolfiere a Castiglione del Lago, lago Trasimeno, Umbria. Incontro dedicato a tutti gli aquilonisti nell'area dell'ex Aeroporto Eleuteri. Mostre, eventi, programma completo della manifestazione, informazioni sulla ricettivit�.

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Wonderful, colourful festival!

#Umbria

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