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Umbria Travel Articles

November 2011-- Dream of Italy's Editor Hosts Umbria Harvest Week: Food, Wine and Ceramics At a Private Villa Near Assisi

Umbria is Tuscany’s lesser known cousin. Yet, some think she’s the more beautiful of the two. This region in central Italy is home to olive groves and vineyards as well as world-class cities. Perugia, the region’s capital, is best known for its prestigious university for foreigners. The city glistens with architectural and artisic gems, from the Etruscan walls to the Palazzo dei Priori to Piazza IV NovembreAssisi, the town where Saint Francis was born, is one of the world's most popular Christian destinations. Gubbio offers medieval and renaissance treasures. Orvieto tells the story of the Etruscan people. The town of Spoleto holds an incredible arts festival each summer. Every corner of Umbria holds a surprise.

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Deruta: Umbria's Ceramics Capital
A Woman, A Dog and Umbria - An Excerpt from the New Book Marcus of Umbria
Umbria Villa Rental: Fattoria del Gelso
A Chocoholic's Dream Come True in Perugia (Umbria)
Italy Events Calendar: What's Happening in Italy in 2011

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NUN: True Luxury in Assisi (April 2011)
There are many things that Assisi gets right. Charm, for example. Magnificent views. Stunning art. Historic architecture. Also strong in the spirituality and religion department, of course.  One thing Assisi never seemed to get right --at least not until just recently -- was luxury. . . . read more
The Dream Interview: Tuscany and Umbria Insider Barrie Kerper (July/August 2010)
Kerper is such a thorough researcher she would put any librarian at the Library of Congress to shame. She finds out absolutely everything about a place -- much of it through the eyes of other great travel writers -- and the presents the essential and the fascinating in a compelling way. . . . read more
Get Schooled in Gelato on Your Next Trip to Italy (July/August 2010)
Have you ever visited a gelateria in Italy and been so enthralled that you fantasized about opening your own gelato shop back home? Well, your dreams can become reality with the training at one of Italy's "gelato universities." One of them even holds classes in the U.S.... . . . read more
A Woman, A Dog and Umbria (June 2010)
The new book Marcus of Umbria: What an Italian Dog Taught an American Girl About Love traces Justine van der Leun's funny and illuminating time spent in Collelungo, a 200-person farming village in central Umbria. Justine, a Brooklyn resident, met Emanuele, a local gardener, on vacation and impulsively moved in with him. When she leaves a year later, she has gained a newfound knowledge of language and family, a deep-rooted passion for animals and nature and a small, spotted dog that she'd adopted named Marcus. . . . read more
In and Around Collelungo Umbria (June 2010)
The author of the new book Marcus of Umbria, Justine van der Leun introduces us to her former home village of Collelungo in Umbria and what there is to see and do around Todi. . . . read more
Dining the Umbrian Way: Best Restaurants in Umbria (June 2009 - Updated 2010)
Four great Umbria restaurants including the best wine bar to try local vino and authentic dishes, a casual eatery in the Umbria onion capital, the best trattoria to encounter a passionate Italian chef and an elegant dining experience in an ancient Roman amphitheater. . . . read more
Umbria Villa Rental: Il Casale di Mele Rosse (June 2009)
This relatively new farmhouse comes with all you will need for a successful villa rental including a pre-programmed Tom-Tom GPS, owners on-site and a welcome wine tasting. . . . read more
Umbria Villa Rental: Le Vigne (June 2009)
Le Vigne's hilltop position, in Colombella ("a speck of a village"), place it on a short list of residences with extraordinary views . No detail has been missed at this elegant Umbria villa rental. . . . read more
Dipping a Toe into Umbria's Lake Trasimeno (June 2009)
In between Florence and Rome and close to Tuscany's Cortona and Umbria's capital of Perugia, Lake Trasimeno makes for a relaxing stopover or base for your Umbria vacation. . . . read more
Learn to Cook the Umbrian Way (June 2009)
Ready to roll up your sleeves and go to cooking school in Umbria? We've got the perfect place and the perfect cooking teacher at an agriturismo near Assisi. Plus recommended tour guides in Assisi. . . . read more
Up Close and Personal with Umbria's Truffles (June 2009)
Umbrian truffles are prized throughout Italy. Improve your knowledge of truffles and tempt your palate with a truffle hunt and cooking lessons featuring black and white truffles. . . . read more
Art Classes in Italy: Pottery Making and Painting Ceramics in Deruta (April 2009)
Enjoy a wonderful day in Italy's ceramics capital of Deruta learning the art of ceramic painting and pottery making. . . . read more
Art Classes in Italy: Handweaving and Embroidery Lessons in Perugia (April 2009)
The setting for these embroidery and handweaving classes in Umbria - taught by women who have been doing it for decades - is a Gothic church. . . . read more
Screenwriting in Spoleto (March 2007)
We all have at least one screenplay in us, right? Maybe this is the summer to finally get it down on paper, and to do so in Italy and work with a true professional as a mentor. . . . read more
Noteworthy Travels: Tuscany Yoga Tour, Historic Sicily, Painting in Umbria (April 2004)
Discover yoga in Tuscany, history in Sicily and painting in Umbria. . . . read more
Quiet Umbria Surges with Spirit (March 2004)
Explore Umbria's ancient towns and local, traditional food using Perugia as a base for day trips. . . . read more
A Guide to Umbria Towns (March 2004)
What you should know about Assisi, Deruta, Gubbio, Norcia, Orvieto, Perugia, Spoleto, and Todi. . . . read more
Get Your Sports Fix, Italian Style: Cycling, Running, Walking and Golfing in Italy
Some ideas to get you on your way to biking, running, golfing, hiking or walking your way through Italy. . . . read more
Experience Authentic Italy with Actividayz (September/October 2002)
An alternative to tour groups and self-touring: Actividayz offers planned half-day experiences in small groups that will provide a window into real-life Italian culture. . . . read more
Spotlight: Torgiano in Umbria (November 2003)
Discover the small Umbrian village of Torgiano, where wine and olive oil rule the day. . . . read more
Noteworthy Travels(January/February 2003)
Noteworthy Travels While famed historian Stephen Ambrose passed away last year, hi . . . read more
Warm Up This Winter with Umbria Jazz (November/December 2002)
Information on the Umbrian Jazz Winter 2002 festival . . . read more