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Newsletter October 2017
Autumn has arrived and we still have exceptionally good weather. This year the summer seems to linger on forever, but I bet we'll soon be in front of the stove to warm ourselves.
We are now preparing for the 2018 season and have been planning to visit some new houses in Umbria. There may well be some interesting new vacation rentals featuring on our website these months.
Two have already been added and are presented in this newsletter. As always you can read some blog stories and if you are still in Umbria check out the autumn events listed below.
Newsletter Summer 2017
It is quite a while now that we are experiencing really hot summer weather. June has been far above average and now that I'm writing this newsletter, the forecast for the coming days is for another African heatwave. This summer will surely be long and hot.
As a result the landscape is rather yellow and dry, something we usually see in August. Here and there are dots of sunflowers colouring the fields and big rolls of hay are a typical sight these days.
In this newsletter you can read the latest stories from our blog, get some advice on what to do with children in Umbria and we invite you to a winetasting at the Pucciarella wine estate near Perugia. Will you join us?
Stories from Umbria - From our blog
Umbria in Vespa
It is nine years now that Umbria in Vespa rents out its scooters in Umbria. Claudia is the owner and she has a great passion for Vespas and for Italy. One day she decided to share her Vespa experiences and started her own scooter rental in Umbria.
Read more on the Umbria Blog.
Restaurant Osteria dell'Accademia
Somewhat hidden behind the theatre of Tuoro sul Trasimeno a new restaurant opened up. It has been a restaurant for many years but lately it was abandoned. Marco is now giving it a second chance and changed it into a cosy osteria.
Read more on the Umbria blog.
Join us at a winetasting? - Pucciarella wine estate in Magione
On Tuesday July 25th and Tuesday August 1st Villa in Umbria together with Gianni of wine cellar Pucciarella in Magione organises a wine and olive oil tasting.
The vineyards of Pucciarella cover 58 hectares and are about 300 metres above sea level. The Colli del Trasimeno DOC is located around the Trasimeno Lake. The proximity of the lake, the flat surfaces and the shape of the hills makes this area suitable for the cultivation of grapes and olives. The high quality of the grapes are produced through a large number of vines per hectare and a reduced yield per vine stock.
The wine tour is through the vineyard and in the underground wine cellars where the production of the spumante and other high quality wines takes place. After the tour we will taste three wines and the local olive oil. Water, cheese, cold cuts and bread are inclusive.
The price p.p. is 10 Euro. Children and adults who don’t drink wine are free.
On both dates the wine tasting starts at 5 p.m. The tour is in English.
Do you enjoy wine and olive oil and like tasting some typical Umbrian wine and food in this authentic location? Subscribe now!
With children in Umbria - Tips for day trips with children in Umbria
In our last newsletter we gave some tips for summer events in Umbria, but with small children this may not be your first choice. You'd probably choose other activities and apart from spending a lot of time relaxing by the pool, you may actually want to visit some places too.
Two years ago we had a great time in Scheggino Easy Rafting, also suitable for small children. In the same village also is the Activo Park where children can climb in trees. For smaller children the water park in Tavernelle is quite some fun, with two longer slides. The waterfall of Marmore, Cascata delle Marmore, is fun for the old and the young. Do mind to check their website for the opening times of the waterfall.
Click here for some more ideas of what to do with children while on holiday in Umbria.
Newsletter May 2017
While writing this newsletter the Giro d'Italia is going through Umbria between Foligno and Montefalco. It is a few days now that these towns are full of activity in preparation of the cyclists caravan arriving. Sylvia went and had a look at Montefalco all dressed up in pink, the colour of the Giro. Have a read through our blog to learn more.
The first spring events have already been, like the Calendimaggio in Assisi and the Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio. Every year during summer there are many festivals and special events in Umbria; in this newsletter we will present a few.
Furthermore there are quite some holiday homes that now offer good discounts for June and some also for July or even September. Are you still looking for your holiday destination in 2017? Then quickly read on, there may just be your ideal holiday home for a good price.
Stories from Umbria - From our blog
The Giro d'Italia in Umbria
Like every year around this time, the Giro d’Italia is going through Italy. On Tuesday May 16, 2017 is the 10th round of the Giro, a hilly trail in Umbria starting in Foligno and finishing in Montefalco. Before arriving in Montefalco the cyclists pass by Bevagna, a beautiful medieval village. A great publicity for Umbria and its beautiful landscape. Read more on our Umbria blog.
An old abbey and fossils
On a beautiful sunny day in April I participated in a guided walk in the area of the Abbey of Farneta. Coming from the A1 or from Siena, driving towards Lake Trasimeno and Perugia many times I just drove by and never bothered to take the exit for “Abbazia di Farneta”. But now I did and I wasn't disappointed to discover the abbey and its history. Read more on our Umbria blog.
Discounts - Holiday homes in Umbria
Are you still looking for a holiday destination this summer, or in June when it is still calm and quiet?
I Nani di Valfabbrica offers great discounts in June for very well kept holiday apartments with a fenced pool and great views, from euro 375 per week. Also at Todi House there are discounts in June, from euro 350 per week. The apartment with two bedrooms and the roof terrace can be rented in July and early August for euro 500 per week. At Todi House guests enjoy views over Todi and its surrounding hills and the owners cook for their guests (if requested).
Do you prefer a private villa? La Camilla can still be rented late June and early July, from euro 1100 per week. It is a comfortable villa with private pool at 10 minutes walking from the small village of Grutti and only 15 minutes driving to Todi.
If you enjoy sightseeing during your holidays Casa Vernazzano would be a good choice. A practical house for 6 with private pool at Lake Trasimeno, ideal to visit both Tuscany and Umbria. In June and September this house can be rented with a 10% discount. Also at Lake Trasimeno is the Casa Lago Trasimeno that still has availability in July for the reduced price of Euro 1200 per week.
Wouldn't you want to live in the Umbrian countryside? Il Rospo would be the perfect place: a recently restored farmhouse, sleeping 6 with private pool and great views. In June there is still availability for euro 900 per week.
Are you travelling with two or even three families? Il Camino may just be what you are looking for. A practical villa, sleeping up to 14 guests with a large private pool. In July and August it can be rented for euro 2200 per week.
There are more discounts on our website. Click here to see them all.
Events in Umbria - Enjoy Umbria together with the locals
Not to miss in June is the Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna, this year from the 15th until the 25th of June. During 10 days the village is completely in medieval atmosphere with old trades, games and a market.
In July there are three world famous music festivals in Umbria: Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Festival dei 2Mondi in Spoleto and the Trasimeno Blues festival around Lake Trasimeno. It is a great period to be in Umbria and to enjoy jazz, classical music-arts-dance and blues music. These are the dates in 2017:
- Umbria Jazz from the 7th until the 16th of July
- Festival dei Due Mondi from the 30st of June until the 16th of July
- Trasimeno Blues is in the last week of July until the beginning of August
August traditionally is the month that Italians go on holiday. There are many places that organise festivals and sagra's in this period. Here we mention two that we think are worthwhile: Agosto Montefalchese in Montefalco from the 1st until the 19th of August and in Città della Pieve is the Palio dei Terzieri around mid August.
Newsletter April 2017
Spring has arrived! Usually in March we have quite unstable weather and sometimes even snow, but this year the weather has been incredibly warm and we already enjoyed quite a few warm and sunny days.
In this newsletter we present the latest stories from our Umbria blog, and also introduce a wonderful new private villa near Spello. Furthermore, we've been working on the general information about Umbria that you find on our website, attractions, Umbria with children and more.
Still looking for a holiday destination in May or June? The first last minute discounts have been added to our website, wonderful occasions for a relaxing stay in Umbria.
Enjoy reading and see you in Italy! Saskia & Sylvia
Stories from Umbria - From our blog
Markets in Umbria
There are many markets in Umbria, almost every town has a weekly market. It is an ideal occasion to buy fresh and local fruit and vegetables, but also cloths or kitchen utensils. It is an occasion for the locals to gather, meet and have a chat and great for tourists to nose around and indulge in the Italian atmosphere. Read more on the Umbria Blog
Pizza extra large in Perugia
Pizza is world famous and typically Italian. Italians like pizza a lot. Pizzeria La Serra in Perugia is famous amongst locals for the extra large pizza's they serve: one pizza on two plates! Do you like pizza, then don't skip this pizzeria in the outskirts of Perugia. It is a large restaurant and often very busy, so make sure to call first. Read more on the Umbria Blog.
Discounts - Spring holiday in Umbria
Still looking for a holiday destination in Spring? Why not Umbria?
There is a wonderful occasion in May and June for La Casella. A comfortable cottage just north of Perugia that sleeps max. 5 guests. The pool will be open in May.
At I Nani di Valfabbrica the owners offer 25 to 30% discount in June. These are two child friendly houses sharing a fenced pool with great views over the mountains and not far from Perugia and Assisi.
Also in June is an excellent disount for the private villa Il Rospo: the whole villa with exclusive use of the pool for euro 900 per week!
Rural chic villa with private pool - Holiday in Spello
New on our website is this recently renovated villa near Spello. As soon as we saw it we were impressed by this lovely holiday home. Once it was a farm and the owners lived in it themselves until recently. They decided to renovate it completely and change it into a holiday rental, a project that has been quite successful. The very personal and modern style combines very well with the antique house. The surrounding garden is flat and has a large private pool. It is easy to reach, in the valley near Spello and towns like Assisi and Montefalco are at a stone's throw. Do you want to discover Umbria? This is the place to be! Read more about the Villa Spello.
Attractions in Umbria: Markets, with children, events
Recently we have been updating the pages on our website with information about Umbria. If you are coming to Umbria you may want to scroll though and get some ideas of where to go and what to do. We've divided it in 4 categories: attractions, markets in Umbria, ideas for children in Umbria and a list with events. Have fun!
Newsletter February 2017
I'm writing this newsletter while January is coming to an end. It has been a month in which a part of Italy has seen enormous amounts of snow in the most unlikely places. Umbria has hardly seen any snow, let alone the metres of snow that fell in other parts of Italy. Much to the discontent of the children who would have liked a day off from school and play in the snow.
In this newsletter are our blog stories from Umbria, this time with special attention for guests in a wheelchair. We visited the photo-exhibition Si Billino in Terni: one of the many initiatives to collect money for the people in the Norcia area that aren't able to live in their own houses this winter.
Have a look at the special offers on our website and at the new house we added. It is situated in Tuscany on a large wine estate at only 10 minutes from Montepulciano.
And last but not least it'll be Valentines Day again, but did you know that Saint Valentine is buried in Umbria? You can read more about Saint Valentine in this newsletter.
Enjoy reading and see you in Italy! Saskia & Sylvia
Stories from Umbria - From our blog
Luckily the largest part of Umbria hasn't had any consequences of the earthquake of October 30st. The Umbrians are very helpful towards the people in the area of Norcia. Many initiatives have taken place and we recently visited one of these in Terni: the photo exhibition Si Billino, created by Umbria Lab and Ri-Fiorita to fund a new club house to be build in San Pellegrino di Norcia.
Read more on our blog.
With a wheelchair in Perugia
For people that are dependent on a wheelchair it is not always easy to visit towns in Italy. Sylvia knows that from experience and has written a blog with some advice on how to best visit the old city centre of Perugia when you are in a wheelchair. Apparently it is not even that difficult when you choose to go up to the centre with the minimetrò.
Read all about it on our blog.
Discounts - Holiday rentals with discounts
Some holiday rentals offer special discounts when renting more than one week, also during the high season. Have a look at Casa Paciano and Borgo Spoleto, for instance. They are both well taken care of, hospitality comes first for these owners and it is a short distance to many interesting places to visit and restaurants. You'll enjoy it from the moment you arrive!
"We enjoyed eating lunches and evening meals under the shady tree looking over the fabulous landscape. The pool was stunning and cleaned by Giacomo the owner daily. The villa is perfectly located as it is a short (10 minutes), steep walk to the beautiful village of Casa Paciano which has two great restaurants, a few shops, a small supermarket and a bar-tabac. "
Asser and Lucie from Denmark
"It's been a real pleasure to stay in Borgo Spoleto: reality surpassed our expectations. Wonderful place, very well recovered and preserved, excellent facilities, marvelous house, gardens, swimming pool, surroundings. Easy to reach, only 7 km away from Spoleto."
Family Quieiros from Portugal
Villa for holiday in Tuscany - Il Frantoio near Montepulciano
This spacious holiday rental is new on our website and is situated in Tuscany. It is only 10 minutes driving from Montepulciano amidst a typically Tuscan landscape of cypresses, olive trees and vineyards. The large pool is fully fenced and if you like wine the owner will be pleased to have you taste hers too.
Enjoy the peace and quietness and explore the area with easy to reach towns like Montepulciano, Siena, Arezzo and Cortona. Also Umbria is at a stone's throw with towns like Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto and the Trasimeno Lake.
San Valentino - Saint Valentine in Terni, Umbria
Soon it is Valentine's Day again, nowadays a rather commercial event. But it has never been a commercial event in Umbria. It is the day that Saint Valentine is honoured, especially in Terni where he is buried in the Basilica of Saint Valentine. Around the 14th of February there are a lot of celebrations honouring Saint Valentine.
Valentine became a bishop in the third century after Christ when he was only 21 years old and in a period that the Romans did not yet follow the Christian believe in one sole God. Valentine had many followers, but in the end he was beheaded by a Roman soldier who was ordered to kill him by Emperor Aurelius. Valentine was 97 years old. The reason for his murder was the fact that he married a mixed couple. She was Christian and he was Pagan and a soldier in the Roman legion. She was terminally ill and just after the ceremony the newly weds both died. The tragedy was completed by the beheading of Valentine to whom are also attributed several miracles. (Source: Wikipedia)
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