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Wineries in Umbria & Tuscany

Some of my favorite Umbrian wineries (in no particular order) are:

Terre Margaritelli (Torgiano), DiFilippo (Cannra/Montefalco), Dionigi (Bevagna/Montefalco), Pardi (Montefalco), Scacciadiavoli (Montefalco), Palazzone (Orvieto), Alta Rocca (Orvieto), Zazzera (Todi), La Palazzola (Terni).... but there are so many more too!

You can also check out some of the Campagna Amica farmers markets - there is a small one in Todi on Monday mornings and a large market in Perugia (Pian di Massiano - at the minimetro) on Thursday mornings.

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Aug 27, 2015
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Agriturismo in Umbria and Tuscany

If you would like to stay on a working farm in Umbria, I can highly recommend Agriturismo Terrantica from the Angelucci family in Umbria. It is a real family run working farm - the rooms are rustic but clean and if you want an authentic experience, this is it! http://www.agricolaangelucci.it/ The location is great as they are located on a hill in the heart of the Umbrian valley.

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Aug 01, 2015
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Todi italy

I really like Vineria San Fortunato http://www.vineriasanfortunato.it/ - it is an enoteca so has a great wine selection and they are open all day long (a rarity in Italy) so you can eat whenever you like. They have a small menu that changes often- good for casual meals.

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Jul 05, 2015
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Milan Expo

uuuggh - I am going for work next week - I had put aside a day to wander around - maybe I'll skip it.

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Jun 11, 2015
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They don't have 1/2 & 1/2 in Italy!

There is no equivalent product. You would have to buy heavy cream (panna) and milk to make it yourself.... or just enjoy the local cappuccino!

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Mar 28, 2015
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Where to eat Norcia, Umbria

Unfortunately I have only eaten at Palazzo Seneca recently, so I don't have specifics, but Norcia is a pretty small town, so in a way, everything is near to the hotel. ;-) Most of the restaurants in town are typical, Umbrian trattorias with good food - I would just walk around and try out anything that looks interesting too you!
There are also a few good places in neighboring Castelluccio - I had a really good (very rustic) meal at Degusteria Lu Soccio.

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Feb 08, 2015
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Eatily

I'll second DaleJ's Umbria (but I am biased as I live here!) and from Umbria, you can easily visit Le Marche and/or Abruzzo as well - both areas with great food!

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Dec 03, 2014
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Matera and Monopli

In Matera I really liked Trattoria Lucana - it is a very classic trattoria with great typical foods of the area (and Mel Gibson apparently ate there when he was filming in the area - the place is plastered with his photos... ;-)

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Nov 19, 2014
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Venice, Umbria and Lake Como trip September 2015

Are you staying at Tom & Colleen's place, L'Antica Vetreria? It is wonderful if you are!
Piegaro is on the border with Tuscany, so it is a little far for touring the central valley area (Bevanga, Spello, Montefalco etc), but is a great location for going to visit Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Orvieto, and southern Tuscany towns such as Montepulciano, Pienza, and Cortona.
There are a few wineries on Lake Trasimeno and also in Torgiano, which is close to Perugia. The olive mills will all be closed at that time as the harvest does not start until mid-October, but you can easily sample local olive oil in restaurants and shops in pretty much every town.

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Oct 22, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

The menu is small and they change it frequently, often having specials of the day- the antipasti are great - I would ask just to give you a mix. For the main courses, (if it is still on the menu), I really love the piccione (pigeon) and guancia di manzo (braised beef cheek)... but everything is good!

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Aug 31, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Yes, it is - there are probably only 2 or 3 restaurants in all of Umbria that I would say are unsuitable for children! :-)

Aug 24, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

I have not been there under the new ownership, but I was just working up in Passignano this morning and some locals told me the best place is Il Fischio del Merlo - it is actually a little before the town itself. In town, I have been the wine bar Maremmano which is good as well for something light.

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Aug 24, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

He is still here in Umbria, doing "freelance" cooking now.

Aug 20, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

DaleJ - update - Salvatore Denaro is no longer with Caprai.

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Aug 20, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Montefalco is right above Bevagna - so another easy place to visit, but I think Spello has a little bit more to offer.

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Aug 20, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

It is helpful to reserve - they speak some english, as do most restaurants in the area.

Aug 20, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

FYI - restaurants are never open for lunch before 1:00pm in Umbria.
...and I might reconsider that stroller - I have a 4 year old as well, and as the area is very hilly, they tend to tire out pretty quickly!
Since you only have one day and want to go to Spello and Bevanga, why don't you consider staying in that area instead of the lake - it will cut down your driving time considerably!

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Aug 19, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Foligno is the 'city' of Umbria - it is fairly lively and has lots of stores for shopping, but definitely less in the way of tourism.

Bevagna and Spello are both small charming, scenic medieval towns - Spello is on a STEEP hill and Bevanga is flat in the valley. They are both relatively close to each other - about a 15 minute drive, so you could easily do one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

I am not a big fan of Enoteca Onofri - but I think it has changed hands recently. Trattoria di Oscar is supposed to be good but is definitely higher end. I am a regular at Antiche Sere - it never disappoints!

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Aug 19, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Ciao Mlee17,
For the Umbria portion of your trip, La Bastiglia is no longer a Michelin star restaurant. The former chef, Marco Gubbiotti moved on to open a small gastronomia outside of Foligno called Cucinaa.
In Spello, I would recommend going instead to La Cantina -it is one of the best restaurants in the area.
Otherwise, for something more casual, I would try Antiche Sere in Bevagna.
You can find a full list of my favorite Umbrian restaurants here: http://www.lifeitalianstyle.com/where...

Aug 19, 2014
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Recs for Culinary Tour of Puglia

I have heard very good things about YLT Tours in Puglia for culinary tours - I think they are based in Lecce http://www.yltourcongressi.it/.

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Jun 12, 2014
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Fresh Coffee Beans in Bologna?

If you want to buy whole beans, you can usually do so at your local bar - they will just sell them to you loose in a bag. Otherwise, maybe Eataly would have them.

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May 12, 2014
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Truffle Hunting next September

September can be a difficult month for truffle hunting - it is kind of an "off period" between the summer truffle and winter truffle seasons (black truffles). White truffles generally cannot be found in the central Italy area until November.

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Apr 25, 2014
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Wineries between Rome and Florence

Between Rome and Florence there is also the entire region of Umbria! Why not stop off in a few spots there? There are many excellent wineries in the area of Orvieto, which you would be passing through.

Otherwise, take a detour into the Umbrian valley and stop at Arnaldo-Caprai http://www.arnaldocaprai.it/ in Montefalco who just won European Winery of the Year from Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Then, for a smaller boutique option, keep heading north into Torgiano, one of the oldest DOCG zones in Italy, and do a tasting at the Terre Margaritelli winery http://www.terremargaritelli.com/inte....

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Mar 31, 2014
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Grappa

Nonino is good, but very commercial. If you want to try a truly excellent grappa try something from Le Grappe di Susanna at Distilleria Gualco in Piemonte, they are artisan grappa producers. http://www.distilleriagualco.it/ITA/i... I love dry grappas and their Grappa di Cortese di Gavi is one of the best I've had. I also really enjoy their aged grappas.

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Mar 17, 2014
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Best white truffles in Florence and Rome

You might want to consider a trip to Gubbio in Umbria (between Florence and Rome) - they are famous for white truffles. They have their annual White Truffle Festival, Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco, the weekend of November 1 (a national holiday). Other (lesser known) towns that specialize in white truffles are Pietralunga, Citta' di Castello, and Trevi.

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Verona, how about: antica torretta, alla ruota, al duca?

I haven't been to those, but I can highly recommend Osteria Al Carro Armato (typical Veronese) and Osteria dal Cavaliere (enoteca with interesting food - great for lunch and/or aperitivo).

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Feb 24, 2014
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Pasta Factory Tour?

I have organized groups in the past for tours of the family-owned La Romagna pasta factory in Foligno, Umbria http://www.pastalaromagna.com/ - specializing in fresh and dried egg pastas - fun to see!

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Feb 02, 2014
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Olive Oil Estate Tours

Unfortunately in April, there is not much going on in the world of olive oil - the mills (in Umbria, at least) are only open between October and December. As for seeing an estate, you just have to drive around the olive trees are everywhere! :-)
What part of Italy are you planning to go to?

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Jan 05, 2014
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Florence/Umbria Trip Report

Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Umbria!
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Dec 06, 2013
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Best Fried Artichokes in Rome

I have only had them at one restaurant, da Giggetto, because they are so good there that I don't want to be disappointed by the possibility of inferior chokes at another restaurant. ;-)

Nov 16, 2013
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