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Umbria & our teritories

Territory

The Italian region of Umbria is mostly mountainous and hilly; representing a natural landscape rich in woodlands and water resources. It is crossed by the Apennines by forming numerous valleys. Umbria has a comparatively large lake, the Trasimeno.

Cities

Perugia is the region's capital. Terni, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi and Spoleto are some memorable towns in Umbria.

Art

Umbria has remarkable traces of the Etruscan civilization where visitors are able to see in the cities of Todi, Bettona, Orvieto and Perugia. The city of Spoleto is full of history seen through the impressive Roman ruins. Other important Roman remains can be found throughout Assisi and Gubbio. The Romanesque architecture thrived in this region at the beginning of the twelfth century; some beautiful examples are the Cathedrals of Spoleto and Assisi, St. Silvestro and St. Michele in Bevagna. The Gothic style reached very high levels, and the imposing examples are present in almost every city. The Renaissance era can be seen in magnificent monuments in Perugia, Gubbio, and Todi.

Museums

The National Gallery of Perugia, Umbria has one of the most important exhibitions of Gothic paintings, which includes masterpieces by Duccio di Boninsegna, Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. The National Archaeological Museum of Umbria houses a splendid and very rich Etruscan collection. Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the greatest figures of Christianity, has the superb Basilica of San Francesco with the world famous Giotto's frescoes, shown in 28 splendid paintings the life of the Saint at the Pinacoteca Civica and the Cathedral's Museum. Spoleto is famous for the Gallery of Contemporary Art. In Gubbio the Civic Museum holds the famous Eugubine tables (seven bronze plates) from the second century B.C. Foligno offers tourists the Archaeological Museum and the Pinacoteca Civica.

To be visited

Rich in history and in nature, Umbria offers the Falls of the Marmore, visually magnificent with its natural scenery. Besides its' scenic view, the water of the falls are used for hydroelectric power. The ancient city of Spoleto offers the "Festival dei Due Mondi, established in 1958 it is the center stage for theater, music, ballet and the arts. In Perugia, you can visit the Ipogeo del Volumni, which is an Etruscan tomb.

There were times when truffles were considered exchanged goods among nobles, and the search for them was a royal matter. Nowadays truffles are still a "delicacy" for the most demanding palates. Norcia, about 50 kilometers from Spoleto in the mountains, has been the capital of Truffles and the manufacture of Pork products since Roman times. This uncontaminated "Green Island" in the center of Italy is fascinating; its' art, good food, countryside, and traditional customs are combined in a unique way.

In Umbria good food is a tradition and art based on the authenticity and quality of simple, strong flavored products: Umbrian wine, olive oil, meat, cheese, truffles, lentils and fresh water fish. The most prestigious Umbrian DOC wines are Red Torgiano Reserve, Sagrantino from Montefalco, the notable Orvieto white wine, Montefalco, and Colli Amerini DOC. The wide range in products is contributed by the variety of terrain and microclimates in the areas mentioned above.

All of this explains why Umbria is one of the top-rated places in Italy in regards to the high quality of life. The civil tradition of the population, varied and interesting history have generated a social climate characterized by a high level of civilization, a great sense of tolerance, and widespread intelligent involvement in managing common problems. A visit to discover the most authentic aspects of Umbria is well worthwhile.

Orvieto can be a starting point for artistic and eno-gastronomic itineraries. Orvieto "the slow food town" has made taste its banner and founded "Orvieto with Taste". This is an oeno-gastronomic event whose aim is to safeguard the various tastes with tasting schools where palates are trained to appreciate the pleasure of tastes and aromas. And again Orvieto is "the town of wine"; Orvieto D.O.C, its pride and joy enhances any dish and is an ingredient of one of the most typical recipes of the town. Fabbro and the Orvieto area are also known as "truffle cities". This precious tuber and other woodland products are on display at the Fair in November. As early as the 1400s Simone Prodenzani was trying out succulent recipes at Prodo castle and writing the Saporetto. Genuine cuisine: Potato gnocchi with truffles, pancotto, umbrichelli all'arrabbiata, chick pea and chestnut soup, boar stew, belly of pork with sage and vinegar, Curate's steak, broad bean crostone, and St. Joseph's fritters.

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EXPERIENCE UMBRIA FROM A HILL

This ancient Villa with its radiant charm is located in the rolling hills of southern Umbria. World-renowned Italian architects Struzzi and Leonelli worked collectively to restore the house, adding modern amenities while maintaining its rich history.

When the architects began the renovation, they were pleasantly surprised to discover that the foundation of the house showed clear signs of an ancient Roman wall, most likely part of a villa or perhaps a religious place. The oldest part of this foundation dates back to the fifteenth century, with some additional work performed in more recent years. An addition was added to the original house in 1818, but the major renovation began in 1998. When they finally finished in 2000, the Villa began functioning as an Agriturismo open to the public.

The Villa sits in the center of a vast agricultural enterprise, which is alive with activity, and has a commanding view of both the estate and the

surrounding countryside. Whether they are gazing out of their bedroom window over rolling Umbrian fields, sitting on the sunlit patio, or lounging by the blue-tiled pool, Villa guests always feel a part of this world - the world of vineyards, sunflower fields, and vegetable harvests.

The house is also centrally located in the province of Umbria, a region that has a remarkable undiscovered charm and is full of pleasant surprises. For instance, the world-renowned Fossil Forest, located in the nearby town of Dunarobba, houses the only fossilized (not petrified) wood that is still in its vertical position. Down the road, Carsulae has perhaps the most beautiful ancient ruins of any Umbrian-Roman city in central Italy. Also close by are; Amelia with its gigantic city walls and intriguing museum, Narni with its perfectly preserved Medieval urban city plan, and Lugnanoin Teverina with the one of the most beautiful Umbrian-Roman churches still standing today. In addition, the nearby Marmore Waterfalls ("la Cascata delle Marmore") are considered some of the most spectacular in the world. All of these amazing sites and many more are only minutes away by car from the Villa.

Undoubtedly, this Villa is with its spectacular location one reason alone for visiting Umbria. The loving care put into the restoration of the house shines through to the guests that stay here and that same warm attention ensures that each guest's stay is a memorable one from the moment they arrive until the time they say farewell.

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TRUFFLE HUNTING

This is the most exciting of experiences for truffle enthusiasts. A hunter accompanied by his dog will lead the group into the woods to seek out the precious underground tuber, guided only by the dog's sense of smell and with the intuition resulting from years of experience. The hunt will be preceded by a meeting with an expert, who will provide all the information essential to understanding how, where and why truffles grow.The truffle is simply

the most celebrated and expensive ingredient of Italian cookery tradition, used only as a raw ingredient to flavor and fragrant dishes with a basis of flour, eggs, and fat. There are many species so they vary in taste and price. Without reservation white truffles are the most famous and tasty; it grows during the months of September through December. This magnificent tuber ripens underground in our woods and we invite you to go hunting with us.

We go hunting with our inseparable dogs that scent the truffles through the grass, leaves and ground. Most of the time the shape of the truffles is round, sometimes a little flattened with few prominent protuberances, they can have residues of mould and small scratches due to the excavation.

We invite you to a one-day excursion near Todi (Umbria) to discover the secrets of the truffle. You will be involved in a fascinating hunt in private reserves where you will be guided by expert truffle-hunters who will give knowledgeable information about the area and the truffles themselves. The excursion will be lead by experienced, inseparable and essential dogs the Legatto Romagnolo breed.

We can organize transfers to reach the area of the hunting.

We recommend a casual wearing and comfortable shoes.