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Susan’s guidebook-Podere Vigliano

Local Restaurant Recommendations
It's hard to get a bad meal but here are some of my favorites.
Our favorite local restaurant/bar up the hill in Monteleone. Andrea & Michele are brothers and friends of ours. They will take good care of you, especially if you let them know you are staying at Susan's house, Podere Vigliano. Go in the morning for cappuccinos and brioches, lunch, aperitifs and dinner. Excellent wines. They also rent Mt bikes and E bikes. Can make arrangements for horseback riding. Speak English.
Seven Cafe'
18/20 Via Sandro Pertini
Our favorite local restaurant/bar up the hill in Monteleone. Andrea & Michele are brothers and friends of ours. They will take good care of you, especially if you let them know you are staying at Susan's house, Podere Vigliano. Go in the morning for cappuccinos and brioches, lunch, aperitifs and dinner. Excellent wines. They also rent Mt bikes and E bikes. Can make arrangements for horseback riding. Speak English.
Up the hill in Monteleone. Cozy atmosphere serving traditional Umbrian cuisine.
L' ape regina
18 Via Perugia
Up the hill in Monteleone. Cozy atmosphere serving traditional Umbrian cuisine.
The next hill town over, Citta Della Pieve, 10 minutes away, has many wonderful restaurants and shops. This is my favorite, serving fresh pastas, meats and wonderful pizza.
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Trattoria Bruno Coppetta
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The next hill town over, Citta Della Pieve, 10 minutes away, has many wonderful restaurants and shops. This is my favorite, serving fresh pastas, meats and wonderful pizza.
Hotel Vannucci in Citta Della Pieve has two restaurants, one outside that is more casual, and another fancier one with white tablecloths inside. Both are excellent for a special lunch or dinner.
Hotel Vannucci
1 Via Icilio Vanni
Hotel Vannucci in Citta Della Pieve has two restaurants, one outside that is more casual, and another fancier one with white tablecloths inside. Both are excellent for a special lunch or dinner.
A charming, intimate restaurant overlooking the valley with views of Tuscany. Christian the owner, cooks with local fresh organic ingredients. Located in Citta Della Pieve.
Bistrot Del Duca
3 Via Pò di Mezzo
A charming, intimate restaurant overlooking the valley with views of Tuscany. Christian the owner, cooks with local fresh organic ingredients. Located in Citta Della Pieve.
Wonderful cafe/bar in Citta Della Pieve that is a gathering spot. Also serves lunch. Music in the evenings sometimes.
Café of Artists
4 Largo Della Vittoria
Wonderful cafe/bar in Citta Della Pieve that is a gathering spot. Also serves lunch. Music in the evenings sometimes.
A cozy restaurant inside with the fire going during cool weather. Serves wonderful meat cooked on the fire. Located on one of the quaint alleys in Citta Della Pieve.
ristorante Silvana
A cozy restaurant inside with the fire going during cool weather. Serves wonderful meat cooked on the fire. Located on one of the quaint alleys in Citta Della Pieve.
Located on the main Corso. The food is always fabulous. One of the few restaurants that serves fish.
Da Laura Ristorante
25 Via Pietro Vannucci
Located on the main Corso. The food is always fabulous. One of the few restaurants that serves fish.
In Fabro Scalo next to the entrance to the A1 autostrada. A truck stop with the best steaks on the grill. Nothing fancy but excellent. Always packed.
Hotel Il Focolare
57 Contrada della Stazione
In Fabro Scalo next to the entrance to the A1 autostrada. A truck stop with the best steaks on the grill. Nothing fancy but excellent. Always packed.
On the square of San Casciano dei Bagni overlooking the Val d'Orcia. More refined dishes, also more expensive. Nice for lunch or dinner. Go to see the sunset.
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Ristorante Daniela
6 Piazza Giacomo Matteotti
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On the square of San Casciano dei Bagni overlooking the Val d'Orcia. More refined dishes, also more expensive. Nice for lunch or dinner. Go to see the sunset.
Gorgeous location. It's a hotel and spa with thermal baths and treatments. You can take the waters and have a treatment, shower, change and have a lovely lunch or better yet an aperitif on the terrace watching the sunset. The restaurant in very expensive and elegant.
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Fonteverde
1 Località Terme
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Gorgeous location. It's a hotel and spa with thermal baths and treatments. You can take the waters and have a treatment, shower, change and have a lovely lunch or better yet an aperitif on the terrace watching the sunset. The restaurant in very expensive and elegant.
1 Michelin star restaurant located in a restored Castel. Somewhat difficult to find on a gravel road. The interior is elegant and the outside courtyard magical. Service excellent, pricey. For a special occasion.
Ristorante Castello di Fighine
123 Località Stabbiano di Sotto
1 Michelin star restaurant located in a restored Castel. Somewhat difficult to find on a gravel road. The interior is elegant and the outside courtyard magical. Service excellent, pricey. For a special occasion.
Located in the Etruscan hill town of Chiusi Citta. A cozy inside with Tuscan specialties and wines to pair. The owners are very warm and friendly. I love having lunch here and visiting the Etruscan museum and taking an underground tour of the Roman and Etruscan well of Porsenna.
Osteria La Solita Zuppa
21 Via Porsenna
Located in the Etruscan hill town of Chiusi Citta. A cozy inside with Tuscan specialties and wines to pair. The owners are very warm and friendly. I love having lunch here and visiting the Etruscan museum and taking an underground tour of the Roman and Etruscan well of Porsenna.
Located before you enter Montepulciano across from the Church of San Biago. Wonderful food and if the weather is nice sit on the outside patio. I like having lunch here either before or after visiting the famous hill town of Montepulciano. A visit inside the Church of San Biago is a must. It's the jewel of Montepulciano.
La Grotta Del Borgo
11 Via di Gracciano nel Corso
Located before you enter Montepulciano across from the Church of San Biago. Wonderful food and if the weather is nice sit on the outside patio. I like having lunch here either before or after visiting the famous hill town of Montepulciano. A visit inside the Church of San Biago is a must. It's the jewel of Montepulciano.
In the beautiful Piazza of Cetona. An old favorite of the locals and tourists. A nice place to have a cappuccino, aperitif, lunch or dinner. I prefer the outside patio.
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Ristorante da Nilo
31/34 Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi
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In the beautiful Piazza of Cetona. An old favorite of the locals and tourists. A nice place to have a cappuccino, aperitif, lunch or dinner. I prefer the outside patio.
Next to Ristorante Da Nilo in Cetona. Rated top in Cetona. Always crowded so make a reservation. Very romantic for dinner on the patio.
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Osteria del Merlo Cetona
1 Via Sobborgo
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Next to Ristorante Da Nilo in Cetona. Rated top in Cetona. Always crowded so make a reservation. Very romantic for dinner on the patio.
In the Piazza of Sarteano, very small so make a reservation. Typical Tuscan food but more refined.
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Osteria "Da Gagliano"
5 Via Roma
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In the Piazza of Sarteano, very small so make a reservation. Typical Tuscan food but more refined.
Faces the Piazza in Panicale. Excellent food. You can get fresh fish here from the lake. Panicale is a pretty town to visit with a stunning view of Lago Trasimeno.
Ristorante Lillotatini
13/14 Piazza Umberto I
Faces the Piazza in Panicale. Excellent food. You can get fresh fish here from the lake. Panicale is a pretty town to visit with a stunning view of Lago Trasimeno.
Considered one of the best in Orvieto. More refined Umbrian cuisine.
I Sette Consoli
1A Piazza Sant'Angelo
Considered one of the best in Orvieto. More refined Umbrian cuisine.
In an alleyway in Orvieto. A favorite among locals, also one of mine.
Trattoria la Palomba
16 Via Cipriano Menente
In an alleyway in Orvieto. A favorite among locals, also one of mine.
I love this Orvieto favorite, especially sitting in the outside patio.
Trattoria La Pergola
9 Via dei Magoni
I love this Orvieto favorite, especially sitting in the outside patio.
Typical Umbrian fare in Orvieto
Trattoria dell' Orso
18 Via della Misericordia I
Typical Umbrian fare in Orvieto
The place to go for Carbonara pasta. All the locals eat here for lunch.
Mezza luna
5 Via Ripa Serancia
The place to go for Carbonara pasta. All the locals eat here for lunch.
Once rated top restaurant in Italy. One Michelin star. The owner Giovanni is famous and very engaging. Excellent service and food. Very refined and expensive. For a special occasion. Must have a reservation. Located on the banks of Lago Corbara outside of Orvieto.
Ristorante Vissani
km.6,600 SS448
Once rated top restaurant in Italy. One Michelin star. The owner Giovanni is famous and very engaging. Excellent service and food. Very refined and expensive. For a special occasion. Must have a reservation. Located on the banks of Lago Corbara outside of Orvieto.
One of the best around. One Michelin star. Located below Cortona. Gorgeous inside and out. For a special occasion.
Il Falconiere Restaurant
One of the best around. One Michelin star. Located below Cortona. Gorgeous inside and out. For a special occasion.
In the main Piazza of Cortona. Wonderful food while exploring the hill town. Great for being in the center of it all.
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Ristorante La Loggetta
3 Piazza di Pescheria
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In the main Piazza of Cortona. Wonderful food while exploring the hill town. Great for being in the center of it all.
Grocery shopping
I generally do my grocery shopping in the town of Fabro Scalo. There is a COOP (super market) and a Pasta Fresca (fresh pasta), Forno (bakery), Fruita e Verdura (fresh fruits & veges), Vino Sfuso (sells local bulk wine & bottles), Macelleria Lanzi (butcher), Bank, Journale Store where you can get the Herald Tribune. Fabro Scalo is small but you could miss the small boutique shops if you don’t go down a side street which is the first left off the main street of Via Nationale. You can walk the entire town. To get there from Podere Vigliano: Turn left out of the driveway, down to the bottom of the hill and turn left. Make the second right. (There are two quick streets that you can turn right on.) This with take you to the town of Santa Maria first. At the end of this road turn right towards Fabro. In about 3 km you will be in Fabro Scalo. There is a roundabout and the COOP is on the right of this roundabout. The town is straight through the roundabout on Via Nationale. Turn at the first street to the left to find the boutique shops. There is also a grocery store up the road in Monteleone. If you take the road up the hill to the town, turn left at the top, then turn right on the main road SS 71. Pass the square area with the Bar, Seven Cafe on the right and at the roundabout turn right. The CONAD is on the right along with another bar, Caffe Latte, that serves their own artisan gelato. There are two markets in the neighboring town of Citta Della Pieve (SIDI and CONAD). One of these will be open on Sunday mornings until 1 pm when other stores are generally closed. There is a fish market in Citta Della Pieve with fresh fish. It is open Thursday-Saturday mornings. You can buy fresh fish in Fabro Scalo Friday mornings at the outside vendor near the Campo Sportivo. The COOP in Chiusi is quite large and has a wide selection of seafood and everything else. Most markets close at 1pm and reopen later in the afternoon so do your shopping in the morning. However, now the COOP in Fabro Scalo doesn’t close for lunch and is open Sunday morning until 1pm.
LOCAL SHOPPING I generally do my grocery shopping and general shopping in the town of Fabro Scalo. There is a COOP (super market) and a Pasta Fresca (fresh pasta), Forno (bakery), Fruita e Verdura (fresh fruits & veges), Vino Sfuso (sells local bulk wine & bottles), Macelleria Lanzi (butcher), Bank, Journale Store where you can get the Herald Tribune. Fabro Scalo is small but you could miss the small boutique shops if you don’t go down a side street which is the first left off the main street of Via Nationale. You can walk the entire town. To get there from Podere Vigliano: Turn left out of the driveway, down to the bottom of the hill and turn left. Make the second right. (There are two quick streets that you can turn right on.) This with take you to the town of Santa Maria first. At the end of this road turn right towards Fabro. In about 3 km you will be in Fabro Scalo. There is a roundabout and the COOP is on the right of this roundabout. The town is straight through the roundabout on Via Nationale. Turn at the first street to the left to find the boutique shops. Explore and have fun!
Fabro Scalo
LOCAL SHOPPING I generally do my grocery shopping and general shopping in the town of Fabro Scalo. There is a COOP (super market) and a Pasta Fresca (fresh pasta), Forno (bakery), Fruita e Verdura (fresh fruits & veges), Vino Sfuso (sells local bulk wine & bottles), Macelleria Lanzi (butcher), Bank, Journale Store where you can get the Herald Tribune. Fabro Scalo is small but you could miss the small boutique shops if you don’t go down a side street which is the first left off the main street of Via Nationale. You can walk the entire town. To get there from Podere Vigliano: Turn left out of the driveway, down to the bottom of the hill and turn left. Make the second right. (There are two quick streets that you can turn right on.) This with take you to the town of Santa Maria first. At the end of this road turn right towards Fabro. In about 3 km you will be in Fabro Scalo. There is a roundabout and the COOP is on the right of this roundabout. The town is straight through the roundabout on Via Nationale. Turn at the first street to the left to find the boutique shops. Explore and have fun!
There is also a grocery store up the road in Monteleone. If you take the road up the hill to the town, turn left at the top, then turn right on the main road SS 71. Pass the square area with the Bar, Seven Cafe on the right and at the roundabout turn right. The CONAD is on the right along with another bar, Caffe Latte, that serves their own artisan gelato.
Monteleone d'Orvieto
There is also a grocery store up the road in Monteleone. If you take the road up the hill to the town, turn left at the top, then turn right on the main road SS 71. Pass the square area with the Bar, Seven Cafe on the right and at the roundabout turn right. The CONAD is on the right along with another bar, Caffe Latte, that serves their own artisan gelato.
There are two markets in the neighboring town of Citta Della Pieve (SIDI and CONAD). One of these will be open on Sunday mornings until 1 pm when other stores are generally closed. There is a fish market in Citta Della Pieve with fresh fish. It is open Thursday-Saturday mornings. The COOP in Chiusi is quite large and has a wide selection of seafood and everything else. Most markets close at 1pm and reopen later in the afternoon so do your shopping in the morning.
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Città della Pieve
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There are two markets in the neighboring town of Citta Della Pieve (SIDI and CONAD). One of these will be open on Sunday mornings until 1 pm when other stores are generally closed. There is a fish market in Citta Della Pieve with fresh fish. It is open Thursday-Saturday mornings. The COOP in Chiusi is quite large and has a wide selection of seafood and everything else. Most markets close at 1pm and reopen later in the afternoon so do your shopping in the morning.
Wineries
Avignonesi Winery- Famous for their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Located near Montepulciano in Southern Tuscany. Call for an appt. +39 0578 724304; info@avignonesi.it
Outside Montegabbione is a winery that represents our local wine Tenuta Corini. The vintner, Stefano is a terrific guy and speaks excellent English. Call for a tasting and a tour 331-7811-366 or 347-584-3420. Stefano will give you a personal tour and tasting with antipasti if you like. He loves talking winemaking and story. It is a newer winery located on the road between Montegabbione and Faiolo, near the agriturismo “Il Gatto Giallo”.
Tenuta corini
53 Vocabolo Casino
Outside Montegabbione is a winery that represents our local wine Tenuta Corini. The vintner, Stefano is a terrific guy and speaks excellent English. Call for a tasting and a tour 331-7811-366 or 347-584-3420. Stefano will give you a personal tour and tasting with antipasti if you like. He loves talking winemaking and story. It is a newer winery located on the road between Montegabbione and Faiolo, near the agriturismo “Il Gatto Giallo”.
Antinori’s Castello Della Sala is close by past the town of Ficulle and turn right following signs to Sala. You must call ahead to book a tasting (0763-86051). It is great wine and a magnificent Castello. You can find their wine at the Pasta Fresca shop in Fabro Scalo. Their white wine is particularly good for a summer lunch.
Castello della Sala
Antinori’s Castello Della Sala is close by past the town of Ficulle and turn right following signs to Sala. You must call ahead to book a tasting (0763-86051). It is great wine and a magnificent Castello. You can find their wine at the Pasta Fresca shop in Fabro Scalo. Their white wine is particularly good for a summer lunch.
Past Montegabbione in the small village of Montegiove is a Castello owned and run by the Marchese, Lorenzo Misciatelli. Castello di Montegiove , www.castellomontegiove.com makes fine Umbrian wines, olive oil, truffle hunting and raises the sought after Chianina beef. Call to arrange a wine tasting and tour, +39 0763 837 473
Castello di Montegiove
1 Via Beata Angelina
Past Montegabbione in the small village of Montegiove is a Castello owned and run by the Marchese, Lorenzo Misciatelli. Castello di Montegiove , www.castellomontegiove.com makes fine Umbrian wines, olive oil, truffle hunting and raises the sought after Chianina beef. Call to arrange a wine tasting and tour, +39 0763 837 473
Ravazzi Winery in the nearby town of Palazzone, Tuscany. Buy wine there and take a tour (333-3242-039 or 0578-56008) (on the other side of the A-1 in the town of Palazzone-considered to be some of the best local wine). In the town of Piazze, near Palazzone is a cantina, Cantina Gentili, and also considered to be excellent wine, especially white wine.
Ravazzi Cantine Snc
2 Via delle Cantine
Ravazzi Winery in the nearby town of Palazzone, Tuscany. Buy wine there and take a tour (333-3242-039 or 0578-56008) (on the other side of the A-1 in the town of Palazzone-considered to be some of the best local wine). In the town of Piazze, near Palazzone is a cantina, Cantina Gentili, and also considered to be excellent wine, especially white wine.
Palazzone Winery is a small winery with great wine in the countryside 3 km north of Orvieto, localita Rocca Ripesena. (It is different than the town of Palazzone.) Often his wines are awarded the high rating of tre bicchiere- three glasses. You may call for a tasting and/or a lunch as well and one of the brothers Giovanni or Lodovico Dubini will host you. +39-0763-393614. www.palazzone.com or www.locandapalazzone.com.
Palazzone
Palazzone Winery is a small winery with great wine in the countryside 3 km north of Orvieto, localita Rocca Ripesena. (It is different than the town of Palazzone.) Often his wines are awarded the high rating of tre bicchiere- three glasses. You may call for a tasting and/or a lunch as well and one of the brothers Giovanni or Lodovico Dubini will host you. +39-0763-393614. www.palazzone.com or www.locandapalazzone.com.
Arrange for a tasting and tour. Excellent Umbrian wines in the Orvieto area by Lago Corbara.
Decugnano dei Barbi
50 Località Fossatello
Arrange for a tasting and tour. Excellent Umbrian wines in the Orvieto area by Lago Corbara.
Another Umbrian winery with lovely wines in the Orvieto area alongside Lago Corbara.
Tenuta di Salviano
Another Umbrian winery with lovely wines in the Orvieto area alongside Lago Corbara.
On the road from Orvieto to Todi. Always call first to make an appointment.
Cantina Todini Srl
On the road from Orvieto to Todi. Always call first to make an appointment.
Famous Umbrian wines
Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti
2 Viale Giorgio Lungarotti
Famous Umbrian wines
Nice small family owned winery outside of Montalcino making the famous Brunello di Montalcino. You can arrange for a lunch and tour.
Poggio Rubino
Nice small family owned winery outside of Montalcino making the famous Brunello di Montalcino. You can arrange for a lunch and tour.
Famous winery near Montalcino
Biondi Santi Franco
183 Localita' Il Greppo
Famous winery near Montalcino
When you arrive you will feel completely immersed in the harmonies of Mozart. Paradiso's team will welcome you and explain about their "Music and Vines" project. Located directly opposite the hill of Montalcino, a small family owned winery producing excellent wines.
The Paradise of Frassina
When you arrive you will feel completely immersed in the harmonies of Mozart. Paradiso's team will welcome you and explain about their "Music and Vines" project. Located directly opposite the hill of Montalcino, a small family owned winery producing excellent wines.
Famous for their wines and an excellent restaurant
Fattoria dei Barbi
170 Localita Podernovi
Famous for their wines and an excellent restaurant
Activities Nearby
Mountain Bike and Electric Bike Rentals: Andrea Filosi at Seven Cafe in Monteleone d’Orvieto 011-39-333-1850245 seven.cafe7@yahoo.it You can rent the bikes for the day or multiple days. You can pick them up at Seven Cafe or Andrea can deliver them to the house. He is also available to take you on a tour ending up where he lives in Cetona, Tuscany, mostly downhill. After lunch and a stroll around the town he will drive you back home to your car. Need to call ahead to make arrangements.
Seven Cafe'
18/20 Via Sandro Pertini
Mountain Bike and Electric Bike Rentals: Andrea Filosi at Seven Cafe in Monteleone d’Orvieto 011-39-333-1850245 seven.cafe7@yahoo.it You can rent the bikes for the day or multiple days. You can pick them up at Seven Cafe or Andrea can deliver them to the house. He is also available to take you on a tour ending up where he lives in Cetona, Tuscany, mostly downhill. After lunch and a stroll around the town he will drive you back home to your car. Need to call ahead to make arrangements.
Vespa Rentals: Stefano Rubeca- Città della Pieve 011-39-333-1850245 Rents Red Vespas 125 cc, new and automatic Call for making arrangements. Cost is 100 euro for 24 hours. You may pick up and drop off at his shop in Citta Della Pieve or better yet he can deliver to the farmhouse and pick up.
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Città della Pieve
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Vespa Rentals: Stefano Rubeca- Città della Pieve 011-39-333-1850245 Rents Red Vespas 125 cc, new and automatic Call for making arrangements. Cost is 100 euro for 24 hours. You may pick up and drop off at his shop in Citta Della Pieve or better yet he can deliver to the farmhouse and pick up.
Horseback Riding: Wild Horse- Monteleone d’Orvieto 011-39-348-5286169 www.maneggiowildhorse.it Serina will take you on a gorgeous ride. You can end with an aperitif.
Monteleone d'Orvieto
Horseback Riding: Wild Horse- Monteleone d’Orvieto 011-39-348-5286169 www.maneggiowildhorse.it Serina will take you on a gorgeous ride. You can end with an aperitif.
Driver for Day Tours anywhere in Italy: Giorgi Service - Citta Della Pieve info@giorgiservice.it www.giorgiautoneleggi.it Gianni Giorgi: +39 0578 298104; +39 338 122 27823; Massimiliano Giorgi: +39 347 832 4846 Gianni or his brother, Massimiliano, have a beautiful fleet of cars and vans to drive you around Umbria, Tuscany and beyond. They know the most scenic roads and places to take you for a delightful, easy day. You and your group will be picked up and dropped off at the farmhouse. They will organize your day according to your desires and make the necessary reservations. You will feel very cared for. Cost is about 100 euro per person for the day including driver, car and tastings and lunch. I can help you organize or you may call them. Their English is limited so let me help you. They also do airport transfers. Cost is 250 euro to Rome or Florence airport.
Giorgi Service Snc Di Giorgi Gianni M. & C.
Driver for Day Tours anywhere in Italy: Giorgi Service - Citta Della Pieve info@giorgiservice.it www.giorgiautoneleggi.it Gianni Giorgi: +39 0578 298104; +39 338 122 27823; Massimiliano Giorgi: +39 347 832 4846 Gianni or his brother, Massimiliano, have a beautiful fleet of cars and vans to drive you around Umbria, Tuscany and beyond. They know the most scenic roads and places to take you for a delightful, easy day. You and your group will be picked up and dropped off at the farmhouse. They will organize your day according to your desires and make the necessary reservations. You will feel very cared for. Cost is about 100 euro per person for the day including driver, car and tastings and lunch. I can help you organize or you may call them. Their English is limited so let me help you. They also do airport transfers. Cost is 250 euro to Rome or Florence airport.
Cooking at the Farmhouse and Classes
Hire a cook at the farmhouse: *Milena
Podere Vigliano’s Cook/Housekeeper Monteleone d’ Orvieto
0763-837-225 (home)
347-148-4665 (cell) Milena is available to cook for you at the farmhouse. She does not do a cooking class though. She is a fantastic cook and it makes for a lovely evening. She will do the shopping and prepare a four course meal, serve you and clean up. She charges 12 euro an hour plus the cost for the groceries. You provide the wine and drinks. It generally works out to about 75 euro per person. She will present the bill at the end of the evening and you pay her cash then. A tip is always appreciated. In Italy a 10% tip is customary. She speaks Italian and German but it all works out. I can arrange it for you. *The Tortolini Family
Podere Vigliano’s groundskeepers Fabrizio- 392-932-4781
Lucia- 333-891-1253 Fabrizio and his Mom, Guisepina, are available to have a pizza night with your group at the house using the wood burning pizza oven outdoors. They will bring all the ingredients and along with help they will make fresh pizza out of the oven and serve you. Fabrizio will grill sausages on the outdoor BBQ. You may also help. They charge for their time and ingredients. It generally works out to 250-300 euro for the evening for your group. It’s lots of fun! I can make the arrangements for you or you may ask them during your stay. *Sabrina Giuliacci - Personal Chef chefsabrina68@libero.it ; +39 347 5780 605 Sabrina lives in Citta della Pieve, close by. She can be available to be your personal chef, cooking at the farmhouse. She is easy to communicate with and very professional but best of all an excellent cook. She charges 60 euro per person with a 4 person minimum. She prepares a four course meal for you to enjoy while being served at home. Sabrina also is available for cooking classes that she holds in her home in Citta Della Pieve. She charges 90 euro per person, 50 euro per person if just eating and not part of the class. It’s best for lunch and includes 2 bottles of wine.
Podere Vigliano
1 Vocabolo Alloccara
Hire a cook at the farmhouse: *Milena
Podere Vigliano’s Cook/Housekeeper Monteleone d’ Orvieto
0763-837-225 (home)
347-148-4665 (cell) Milena is available to cook for you at the farmhouse. She does not do a cooking class though. She is a fantastic cook and it makes for a lovely evening. She will do the shopping and prepare a four course meal, serve you and clean up. She charges 12 euro an hour plus the cost for the groceries. You provide the wine and drinks. It generally works out to about 75 euro per person. She will present the bill at the end of the evening and you pay her cash then. A tip is always appreciated. In Italy a 10% tip is customary. She speaks Italian and German but it all works out. I can arrange it for you. *The Tortolini Family
Podere Vigliano’s groundskeepers Fabrizio- 392-932-4781
Lucia- 333-891-1253 Fabrizio and his Mom, Guisepina, are available to have a pizza night with your group at the house using the wood burning pizza oven outdoors. They will bring all the ingredients and along with help they will make fresh pizza out of the oven and serve you. Fabrizio will grill sausages on the outdoor BBQ. You may also help. They charge for their time and ingredients. It generally works out to 250-300 euro for the evening for your group. It’s lots of fun! I can make the arrangements for you or you may ask them during your stay. *Sabrina Giuliacci - Personal Chef chefsabrina68@libero.it ; +39 347 5780 605 Sabrina lives in Citta della Pieve, close by. She can be available to be your personal chef, cooking at the farmhouse. She is easy to communicate with and very professional but best of all an excellent cook. She charges 60 euro per person with a 4 person minimum. She prepares a four course meal for you to enjoy while being served at home. Sabrina also is available for cooking classes that she holds in her home in Citta Della Pieve. She charges 90 euro per person, 50 euro per person if just eating and not part of the class. It’s best for lunch and includes 2 bottles of wine.
Cooking Classes: *Sabrina Giuliacci - Personal Chef chefsabrina68@libero.it; +39 347 5780 605 Sabrina also is available for cooking classes that she holds in her home in Citta Della Pieve. She charges 90 euro per person, 50 euro per person if just eating and not part of the class. It’s best for lunch and includes 2 bottles of wine.
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Cooking Classes: *Sabrina Giuliacci - Personal Chef chefsabrina68@libero.it; +39 347 5780 605 Sabrina also is available for cooking classes that she holds in her home in Citta Della Pieve. She charges 90 euro per person, 50 euro per person if just eating and not part of the class. It’s best for lunch and includes 2 bottles of wine.
Cook By Me in Umbria - Anna Paola Stefani www.cookbyme.com ; +39 348 812 1628; info@cookbyme.com Via Case Basse 20, Citta Della Pieve Anna is an architect from Verona who has travelled the world. She teaches cooking classes in her kitchen overlooking the garden of her home in the center of the historical village of Citta Della Pieve. Located just 10 minutes from Podere Vigliano. She can combine a cooking class with a cultural walking tour of Citta della Pieve. Look at her website for info and you may book online. She charges 90 euro per person with a 4 person minimum.
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Cook By Me in Umbria - Anna Paola Stefani www.cookbyme.com ; +39 348 812 1628; info@cookbyme.com Via Case Basse 20, Citta Della Pieve Anna is an architect from Verona who has travelled the world. She teaches cooking classes in her kitchen overlooking the garden of her home in the center of the historical village of Citta Della Pieve. Located just 10 minutes from Podere Vigliano. She can combine a cooking class with a cultural walking tour of Citta della Pieve. Look at her website for info and you may book online. She charges 90 euro per person with a 4 person minimum.
Dania at “Ristorante La Chiusa” Montefollonico
0577-669-668 www.ristorantelachiusa.it I highly recommend taking a day cooking class with Dania at her beautiful restaurant and inn with a commanding view of the Tuscan jewel towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. It is about a 45 minute drive from the farmhouse. Dania is a celebrated chef who takes traditional Tuscan dishes and puts elegance to them. Her restaurant is well-known as one of the best restaurants in Tuscany. The morning begins at 10 am relaxing with a cappuccino outside in the courtyard. You participate in the cooking while drinking a glass of wine and Dania shows you some of her tricks. Sitting down to a 4 course lunch with lovely wines caps the day. Afterwards, I recommend checking out the small town of Montefollonico and especially the ceramics of Mariella Spinelli in her Laboratorio across from the hotel and restaurant “La Costa”. Call to arrange a class, advance notice is always best. You may also have me make arrangements for you if you like. As I remember the cost of the class is about 175 euros per person with her hardbound cookbook available to purchase.
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Dania at “Ristorante La Chiusa” Montefollonico
0577-669-668 www.ristorantelachiusa.it I highly recommend taking a day cooking class with Dania at her beautiful restaurant and inn with a commanding view of the Tuscan jewel towns of Montepulciano and Pienza. It is about a 45 minute drive from the farmhouse. Dania is a celebrated chef who takes traditional Tuscan dishes and puts elegance to them. Her restaurant is well-known as one of the best restaurants in Tuscany. The morning begins at 10 am relaxing with a cappuccino outside in the courtyard. You participate in the cooking while drinking a glass of wine and Dania shows you some of her tricks. Sitting down to a 4 course lunch with lovely wines caps the day. Afterwards, I recommend checking out the small town of Montefollonico and especially the ceramics of Mariella Spinelli in her Laboratorio across from the hotel and restaurant “La Costa”. Call to arrange a class, advance notice is always best. You may also have me make arrangements for you if you like. As I remember the cost of the class is about 175 euros per person with her hardbound cookbook available to purchase.
Velia’s Cooking Style, Orvieto area Velia de Angelis www.veliascookingstyle.com info@veliascookingstyle.com Via delle Coste, 2 Monterubiaglio (39) 338-94-63-464 Velia offers a one day class that takes place in her private house in the Umbrian countryside in the small picturesque village of Monterubiaglio, not far from the farmhouse and Orvieto, about a 45 minute drive. You can create pure and genuine dishes linked to the agricultural and religious calendar: oil, wine, truffles, lentils, cheese, freshwater fish, black celery, charcuterie and sweets are just a few of the basic elements of our culinary tradition. Cooking together using fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden and fruit such as apples and plums ready to be picked by you. Every dish will be prepared by Velia and you so you will know how to cook it yourself at home.
Monterubiaglio
Velia’s Cooking Style, Orvieto area Velia de Angelis www.veliascookingstyle.com info@veliascookingstyle.com Via delle Coste, 2 Monterubiaglio (39) 338-94-63-464 Velia offers a one day class that takes place in her private house in the Umbrian countryside in the small picturesque village of Monterubiaglio, not far from the farmhouse and Orvieto, about a 45 minute drive. You can create pure and genuine dishes linked to the agricultural and religious calendar: oil, wine, truffles, lentils, cheese, freshwater fish, black celery, charcuterie and sweets are just a few of the basic elements of our culinary tradition. Cooking together using fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden and fruit such as apples and plums ready to be picked by you. Every dish will be prepared by Velia and you so you will know how to cook it yourself at home.
Day Trip Excursions from the Farmhouse
Day Itinerary Assisi-Spello-Bevagna-Montefalco Assisi, the city of Saint Francis, is perhaps Umbria’s most famous town and one of its loveliest. The Basilica of Saint Francis-with its upper and lower churches containing masterpieces by Giotto, Cimabue, and Martini is the main destination along with the Church of Saint Claire who started the “Poor Claires”. There are many religious shops and restaurants here to enjoy. This is a place where I recommend using a local tour guide to get the most out of your visit. I have used two guides, both great but I have used Maura Baldoni more frequently. (Tel. 0742-21055; cell. 335-7028070; e-mail; baldonimaura@libero.it) She is a local and knows the area well. She can do tours also of Perugia, Orvieto and other Umbrian towns. Please tell her you are my guests. She charges about 100 euros total for 3-4 hours. The other guide is Werner (0759-252227). It takes about 1 ½ hours by car to Assisi by way of Perugia. It is difficult to navigate the web of roads around Perugia so have a navigator watching out for signs for the A-1 or the 45 direction Roma. The exit to Assisi is easy. You may want to stop at the famous and beautiful Church of Santa Maria d’Angeli, which was built around the small church that St. Francis prayed and died in, located before you make your way up the hill to Assisi. It is very interesting and lovely to visit the Eremo delle Carceri, the small and peaceful hermitage surrounded by dense woodland in the hills above Assisi on Monte Subasio. The name (Hermitage of the Prisoners) derives from the fact that Franciscan friars used to “lock themselves away” here in order to pray: there is still a 15th century church here, as well as a cave where St. Francis would go to rest. Beyond the hermitage is a bridge that leads to a wood containing a series of caves and hermitages used in the Middle Ages by the devout and by friars. If you have the energy and time, the towns further on are interesting, Spello, Bevagna and Montefalco. It does make for a long day however. Spello is a charming small town with a magnificently renovated fresco by Pinturicchio in the main church, which also houses some paintings by Perugino. Bevagna is a small medieval town known for keeping medieval trades alive. Montefalco is famous for its wine, Sangrantino di Montefalco and for its weaving of tablecloths. It is called the Balcony of Umbria. There is a wonderful textile shop there to buy tablecloths and such. Returning home after you pass Perugia you may want to go by way of Lago Trasimeno as outlined on the map and follow signs to Lago Trasimeno, exit Magione, then follow signs to Chiusi and Citta della Pieve and on to Monteleone and home.
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Day Itinerary Assisi-Spello-Bevagna-Montefalco Assisi, the city of Saint Francis, is perhaps Umbria’s most famous town and one of its loveliest. The Basilica of Saint Francis-with its upper and lower churches containing masterpieces by Giotto, Cimabue, and Martini is the main destination along with the Church of Saint Claire who started the “Poor Claires”. There are many religious shops and restaurants here to enjoy. This is a place where I recommend using a local tour guide to get the most out of your visit. I have used two guides, both great but I have used Maura Baldoni more frequently. (Tel. 0742-21055; cell. 335-7028070; e-mail; baldonimaura@libero.it) She is a local and knows the area well. She can do tours also of Perugia, Orvieto and other Umbrian towns. Please tell her you are my guests. She charges about 100 euros total for 3-4 hours. The other guide is Werner (0759-252227). It takes about 1 ½ hours by car to Assisi by way of Perugia. It is difficult to navigate the web of roads around Perugia so have a navigator watching out for signs for the A-1 or the 45 direction Roma. The exit to Assisi is easy. You may want to stop at the famous and beautiful Church of Santa Maria d’Angeli, which was built around the small church that St. Francis prayed and died in, located before you make your way up the hill to Assisi. It is very interesting and lovely to visit the Eremo delle Carceri, the small and peaceful hermitage surrounded by dense woodland in the hills above Assisi on Monte Subasio. The name (Hermitage of the Prisoners) derives from the fact that Franciscan friars used to “lock themselves away” here in order to pray: there is still a 15th century church here, as well as a cave where St. Francis would go to rest. Beyond the hermitage is a bridge that leads to a wood containing a series of caves and hermitages used in the Middle Ages by the devout and by friars. If you have the energy and time, the towns further on are interesting, Spello, Bevagna and Montefalco. It does make for a long day however. Spello is a charming small town with a magnificently renovated fresco by Pinturicchio in the main church, which also houses some paintings by Perugino. Bevagna is a small medieval town known for keeping medieval trades alive. Montefalco is famous for its wine, Sangrantino di Montefalco and for its weaving of tablecloths. It is called the Balcony of Umbria. There is a wonderful textile shop there to buy tablecloths and such. Returning home after you pass Perugia you may want to go by way of Lago Trasimeno as outlined on the map and follow signs to Lago Trasimeno, exit Magione, then follow signs to Chiusi and Citta della Pieve and on to Monteleone and home.
Day Itinerary Chiusi-La Foce-Montepulciano-Pienza- Montalcino The main train station is located in Chiusi where you can take a train to Rome, Florence or all over Italy and Europe. Mondays there is an Open Market in the streets near the station. It is quite large and fun to go to, and closes promptly at 1pm. The town of Chiusi Scalo (lower Chiusi) is newer and has many stores and a large COOP grocery store. The historic town of Chiusi Citta is up on the hill on the way towards Chianciano and Montepulciano. It is worth a visit as it is one of the most important Etruscan towns and home of the finest Etruscan museums in all of Italy. Underground is a labyrinth carved by the Etruscan’s over 3,000 years ago with a Roman cistern below the city’s church and piazza. It is a great short tour that takes about 30 minutes and you can get tickets at the tourist office right by the clock tower. It would be good to arrive around 11-12 pm and do the tour and/or visit the Etruscan museum as the tour closes at 1pm usually. Then it is time for lunch. My favorite restaurant in Tuscany is here “La Solita Zuppa”. It is a fantastic experience both the food and the atmosphere. The owner is charming. They are open for lunch from 12:30-2:30 and closed Tuesdays. It’s best to call ahead- tel. 0578-21006. If you go on a Wednesday, after lunch you could drive on to the wonderful gardens and villa of La Foce. The garden was the inspiration of Iris Origo, the writer and horticulturist who, between 1927-39, restored the villa and created a “new” garden in Renaissance style. It is open to the public every Wednesday afternoon with guided tours leaving from the Fattoria courtyard every hour from 3-5 pm, no reservations necessary (www.lafoce.com). Nearby is the well known hill town of Montepulciano, known for its fantastic wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. There is a nice Enoteca (wine shop) called “La Dolce Vita Enoteca” , Christian is the owner and is warm and knowledgable. He can suggest wines and you can also get a bite to eat there. Up near the main square it is fun to visit the “Cantina del Redi” which is a cavernous underground cantina ending up at the wine-tasting room and shop. I think it’s the best cantina to visit. You find it in the Renaissance Palazzo Ricci on Via Ricci. The Church of Santa Biagio is the jewel of the city and is below Montepulciano and next to it is a well known restaurant La Grotta (0578-757479) closed Wednesdays. On the way to Pienza from Montepulciano is a town called Montefollonico. There is an excellent restaurant called “La Chiusa” (0577-669668) thought to be one of Tuscany’s finest. Dania Masotti is the chef and you may also take a day cooking session from her (well worth it and not too expensive although the restaurant is). Look for the sign on the right of the road that indicates “La Chiusa” and Montefollonico and follow the signs. In the center part of the town is a Ceramic studio that I think is special, Mariella Spinelli (0577-669477 or 339-3725450). On the way to Pienza before you get there on the right is a cheese factory that you may visit Caseificio Cugusi, Milena can make a reservation for you if you like or you may as well by contacting them. Di Silvana & C. Via della Boccia, 8 53045 Montepulciano 0578-757558 http://www.caseificiocugusi.it Just before you get to Pienza there is a fabulous metal workshop and store called “Ferro Battuto Biagiotti” www.biagiotipienza.com It’s a third generation shop and showroom displaying what is artisan made by the family on site. Beyond lays Pienza, home of the famous Pecorino Cheese (sheep cheese). It’s a quaint hill town with several shops selling Pecorino Cheese, local products, and a shoemaker than I can’t seem to leave without buying a pair of his latest handmade leather shoes. I suggest you stop in one of the many Pecorino Cheese shops and buy some for the farmhouse. Follow the road to Montalcino where the best wines in Italy are produced - Brunello di Montalcino. If you visit this town there is a Fortenza (fort), and a great place for buying wine, tasting wine, having a bite to eat with a fantastic view- “Enoteca Osteria Osticcio” Via Matteotti, 23. tel. 0577-848271 Beyond Montalcino is the magical Abbazia di Sant’ Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy. If you are lucky you will arrive when they are singing vespers inside the stark church. www.antimo.it There are numerous wineries along the way. I suggest visiting Fattoria dei Barbi and/or on the same road at the end San Polo (a friend of mine owns it and the winemaker gave a lovely tour and tasting). San Polo (call the winemaker for a tasting and tour- Nicola Biasi- 0577-835101 or 347-4116854). Directions: When you reach the top of the hill in Montalcino, at the roundabout located just outside the fortress walls, take the exit for Castelnuovo dell’Abate/Saint Antimo. After about 3.5 km (passing Biondi Santi on your left), turn left onto an unsurfaced road that has signs for Fattoria dei Barbi, Podernovi, San Polo. Fattoria dei Barbi will be the first winery on the right, to reach San Polo proceed 2.5 km until you reach San Polo at the end of the road. Nicola recommended to us a restaurant close- by and it was delicious, Trattoria “Il Pozzo” (0577-844015) in Saint Angelo in Colle. Bagno Vignoni is also an interesting side visit with its central bath in the center of town. This entire area is home to many fine wineries.
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Montepulciano
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Day Itinerary Chiusi-La Foce-Montepulciano-Pienza- Montalcino The main train station is located in Chiusi where you can take a train to Rome, Florence or all over Italy and Europe. Mondays there is an Open Market in the streets near the station. It is quite large and fun to go to, and closes promptly at 1pm. The town of Chiusi Scalo (lower Chiusi) is newer and has many stores and a large COOP grocery store. The historic town of Chiusi Citta is up on the hill on the way towards Chianciano and Montepulciano. It is worth a visit as it is one of the most important Etruscan towns and home of the finest Etruscan museums in all of Italy. Underground is a labyrinth carved by the Etruscan’s over 3,000 years ago with a Roman cistern below the city’s church and piazza. It is a great short tour that takes about 30 minutes and you can get tickets at the tourist office right by the clock tower. It would be good to arrive around 11-12 pm and do the tour and/or visit the Etruscan museum as the tour closes at 1pm usually. Then it is time for lunch. My favorite restaurant in Tuscany is here “La Solita Zuppa”. It is a fantastic experience both the food and the atmosphere. The owner is charming. They are open for lunch from 12:30-2:30 and closed Tuesdays. It’s best to call ahead- tel. 0578-21006. If you go on a Wednesday, after lunch you could drive on to the wonderful gardens and villa of La Foce. The garden was the inspiration of Iris Origo, the writer and horticulturist who, between 1927-39, restored the villa and created a “new” garden in Renaissance style. It is open to the public every Wednesday afternoon with guided tours leaving from the Fattoria courtyard every hour from 3-5 pm, no reservations necessary (www.lafoce.com). Nearby is the well known hill town of Montepulciano, known for its fantastic wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. There is a nice Enoteca (wine shop) called “La Dolce Vita Enoteca” , Christian is the owner and is warm and knowledgable. He can suggest wines and you can also get a bite to eat there. Up near the main square it is fun to visit the “Cantina del Redi” which is a cavernous underground cantina ending up at the wine-tasting room and shop. I think it’s the best cantina to visit. You find it in the Renaissance Palazzo Ricci on Via Ricci. The Church of Santa Biagio is the jewel of the city and is below Montepulciano and next to it is a well known restaurant La Grotta (0578-757479) closed Wednesdays. On the way to Pienza from Montepulciano is a town called Montefollonico. There is an excellent restaurant called “La Chiusa” (0577-669668) thought to be one of Tuscany’s finest. Dania Masotti is the chef and you may also take a day cooking session from her (well worth it and not too expensive although the restaurant is). Look for the sign on the right of the road that indicates “La Chiusa” and Montefollonico and follow the signs. In the center part of the town is a Ceramic studio that I think is special, Mariella Spinelli (0577-669477 or 339-3725450). On the way to Pienza before you get there on the right is a cheese factory that you may visit Caseificio Cugusi, Milena can make a reservation for you if you like or you may as well by contacting them. Di Silvana & C. Via della Boccia, 8 53045 Montepulciano 0578-757558 http://www.caseificiocugusi.it Just before you get to Pienza there is a fabulous metal workshop and store called “Ferro Battuto Biagiotti” www.biagiotipienza.com It’s a third generation shop and showroom displaying what is artisan made by the family on site. Beyond lays Pienza, home of the famous Pecorino Cheese (sheep cheese). It’s a quaint hill town with several shops selling Pecorino Cheese, local products, and a shoemaker than I can’t seem to leave without buying a pair of his latest handmade leather shoes. I suggest you stop in one of the many Pecorino Cheese shops and buy some for the farmhouse. Follow the road to Montalcino where the best wines in Italy are produced - Brunello di Montalcino. If you visit this town there is a Fortenza (fort), and a great place for buying wine, tasting wine, having a bite to eat with a fantastic view- “Enoteca Osteria Osticcio” Via Matteotti, 23. tel. 0577-848271 Beyond Montalcino is the magical Abbazia di Sant’ Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy. If you are lucky you will arrive when they are singing vespers inside the stark church. www.antimo.it There are numerous wineries along the way. I suggest visiting Fattoria dei Barbi and/or on the same road at the end San Polo (a friend of mine owns it and the winemaker gave a lovely tour and tasting). San Polo (call the winemaker for a tasting and tour- Nicola Biasi- 0577-835101 or 347-4116854). Directions: When you reach the top of the hill in Montalcino, at the roundabout located just outside the fortress walls, take the exit for Castelnuovo dell’Abate/Saint Antimo. After about 3.5 km (passing Biondi Santi on your left), turn left onto an unsurfaced road that has signs for Fattoria dei Barbi, Podernovi, San Polo. Fattoria dei Barbi will be the first winery on the right, to reach San Polo proceed 2.5 km until you reach San Polo at the end of the road. Nicola recommended to us a restaurant close- by and it was delicious, Trattoria “Il Pozzo” (0577-844015) in Saint Angelo in Colle. Bagno Vignoni is also an interesting side visit with its central bath in the center of town. This entire area is home to many fine wineries.
Day Itinerary Citta Della Pieve-Lago Trasimeno-Castiglione del Lago-Cortona From the farmhouse you may visit the local town of Citta Della Pieve, the birthplace of the famous Umbrian Renaissance artist Pietro Vannucci, later renamed Perugino. Several important paintings and frescos of his still remain here. Take a walk through town, have a cappuccino, and visit a few of the small museums if you like. You may get a ticket for all of them at the tourist office at the entrance of the town. Saturday mornings there is a lively open market. Citta Della Pieve is a town where people gather with many festivals and music events throughout the year, the largest of which is the Palio dei Terzieri at the beginning of August. It also has the narrowest street in Italy, Via Baciadonne (Kiss the Women) ask someone how to find it. There are many good restaurants and cafe’s in town. The Hotel Vannucci Restaurant is located outside the walled town and has nice outside seating and excellent food. Inside of town is Ristorante Silvana (0578-298311) and Bistro della Duca, just behind the Teatro (theater) ask someone how to get there. Coppetta Bruno Trattoria located on a main street, Via Vannucci, is the most popular restaurant in town, excellent food also serves pizza. Then head to the Tuscan town of Cortona, synonymous with Francis Mayes and her widely popular book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Cortona is a beautifully positioned hill town which has become quiet elegant with upscale art galleries, clothing stores, restaurants, and jazz clubs. The town is abuzz with vital energy. I like the restaurant on the main square called La Loggetta (0575-630575) closed Wednesdays. This is one of Francis Mayes’s favorite. Also at the base of the town is a fabulous restaurant and hotel called “Il Falconiere” (+39 0575 612679) It boasts one-Michelin star. On the way to Cortona you will pass by the misty Lago Trasimeno, where the famous battle of Hannibal took place. You can see the old historic town of Castiglione del Lago. This is a nice stop to visit the town, walk along the castle walls, and maybe eat lunch or dinner at one of the good restaurants here. I like Ristorante-Pizzeria-Giardino (0759-652463) it has a nice garden with a view of the lake. If you are interested in spending time at the lake, the town of Passignano is charming and a good place to enjoy seafood by the water. The restaurant “Il Porto” is very good (tel. 075-82-9058, Via Lungolago Giappesi, 1). Ristorante Sottovento (+39 075 829 6361) has a beautiful view of the lake with excellent food. Ristorante il fischio del merlo (+39 347 088 4696) serves fresh seafood. You may take a ferry from here to the islands on the lake, Isola Maggiore and Isola Minore. If you do this you may want to return home by making the circle around the lake. Isola Maggiore is famous for watching ladies making lace as you stroll the island. You may also take a ferry to these islands in Castiglione del Lago and Tuoro. You can find the ferry schedule in the house book.
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Cortona
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Day Itinerary Citta Della Pieve-Lago Trasimeno-Castiglione del Lago-Cortona From the farmhouse you may visit the local town of Citta Della Pieve, the birthplace of the famous Umbrian Renaissance artist Pietro Vannucci, later renamed Perugino. Several important paintings and frescos of his still remain here. Take a walk through town, have a cappuccino, and visit a few of the small museums if you like. You may get a ticket for all of them at the tourist office at the entrance of the town. Saturday mornings there is a lively open market. Citta Della Pieve is a town where people gather with many festivals and music events throughout the year, the largest of which is the Palio dei Terzieri at the beginning of August. It also has the narrowest street in Italy, Via Baciadonne (Kiss the Women) ask someone how to find it. There are many good restaurants and cafe’s in town. The Hotel Vannucci Restaurant is located outside the walled town and has nice outside seating and excellent food. Inside of town is Ristorante Silvana (0578-298311) and Bistro della Duca, just behind the Teatro (theater) ask someone how to get there. Coppetta Bruno Trattoria located on a main street, Via Vannucci, is the most popular restaurant in town, excellent food also serves pizza. Then head to the Tuscan town of Cortona, synonymous with Francis Mayes and her widely popular book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. Cortona is a beautifully positioned hill town which has become quiet elegant with upscale art galleries, clothing stores, restaurants, and jazz clubs. The town is abuzz with vital energy. I like the restaurant on the main square called La Loggetta (0575-630575) closed Wednesdays. This is one of Francis Mayes’s favorite. Also at the base of the town is a fabulous restaurant and hotel called “Il Falconiere” (+39 0575 612679) It boasts one-Michelin star. On the way to Cortona you will pass by the misty Lago Trasimeno, where the famous battle of Hannibal took place. You can see the old historic town of Castiglione del Lago. This is a nice stop to visit the town, walk along the castle walls, and maybe eat lunch or dinner at one of the good restaurants here. I like Ristorante-Pizzeria-Giardino (0759-652463) it has a nice garden with a view of the lake. If you are interested in spending time at the lake, the town of Passignano is charming and a good place to enjoy seafood by the water. The restaurant “Il Porto” is very good (tel. 075-82-9058, Via Lungolago Giappesi, 1). Ristorante Sottovento (+39 075 829 6361) has a beautiful view of the lake with excellent food. Ristorante il fischio del merlo (+39 347 088 4696) serves fresh seafood. You may take a ferry from here to the islands on the lake, Isola Maggiore and Isola Minore. If you do this you may want to return home by making the circle around the lake. Isola Maggiore is famous for watching ladies making lace as you stroll the island. You may also take a ferry to these islands in Castiglione del Lago and Tuoro. You can find the ferry schedule in the house book.
Day Itinerary Todi-Deruta-Perugia This is a lovely loop with varied scenery. You may either start by way of Todi then make you way to Deruta, or the other way around depending upon how early you start and your desire to shop for ceramics. Deruta is the town most famous for its maioliche ceramics. The entire town is filled with nothing but ceramic stores with their laboratories. The shops close at 1pm for lunch and reopen sometime between 3-5pm. So if you want to spend time here shopping seriously for ceramics I suggest you get an early start and go straight to Deruta from the farmhouse. It takes about 1 1/4 hours by way of Perugia, or 1 hour and 45 minutes by way of Todi. In Deruta there are many shops at the lower part of town when you first enter and also the old part of town higher up. I highly recommend first visiting my friend Ubaldo Grazia at his laboratory in the lower part of town when you first enter on Via Tiberina, 181, tel: 075-9710201. His craft has been handed down from father to son uninterruptedly since the 12th century and is the best remaining example of the majolica tradition. He is a colorful character and will give you a tour of his laboratory and you may confidently order from him. Please tell him I sent you and he will give you special treatment. I recommend then proceeding to the top of the town and visiting the ancient forno there, and many ceramic shops, then having lunch at 1pm when the shops close. Taverna del Gusto (+39 0759724120) is a cozy restaurant serving typical Umbrian dishes. Going home by way of Todi, an Umbrian hill town with a phenomenal position perched proudly above the Tiber River, I would definitely stop at the remarkably beautiful ornament for Todi which lies just below the city, the de Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione.Todi has many antique shops and restaurants, my favorite being Ristorante Umbria (+39 075 894 2737) with it’s stunning views of the valley. The drive home from here is lovely along Lago di Corbara with many wineries along the way; Tenuta di Salviano, Barberani Wine Company, Decugnano dei Barbi. This wine is the famous “Orvieto Classico” white wine of Orvieto. Getting on the A1 autostrada will quickly take you back to Podere Vigliano, exit Fabro. Perugia is a day trip is of itself. It is challenging to drive in and out of but it just takes attention. It is a University town and the hub of Umbria. It has magnificent views, many beautiful clothing shops, great restaurants, beautiful piazzas, Duomo and an important museum with a large collection of Perugino paintings (the most important Umbrian Renaissance painter). Perugia hosts the world famous “Umbrian Jazz Festival” which takes place the second week in July www.umbriajazz.com. Also in October it hosts a week-long Chocolate festival with everything made out of chocolate.
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Day Itinerary Todi-Deruta-Perugia This is a lovely loop with varied scenery. You may either start by way of Todi then make you way to Deruta, or the other way around depending upon how early you start and your desire to shop for ceramics. Deruta is the town most famous for its maioliche ceramics. The entire town is filled with nothing but ceramic stores with their laboratories. The shops close at 1pm for lunch and reopen sometime between 3-5pm. So if you want to spend time here shopping seriously for ceramics I suggest you get an early start and go straight to Deruta from the farmhouse. It takes about 1 1/4 hours by way of Perugia, or 1 hour and 45 minutes by way of Todi. In Deruta there are many shops at the lower part of town when you first enter and also the old part of town higher up. I highly recommend first visiting my friend Ubaldo Grazia at his laboratory in the lower part of town when you first enter on Via Tiberina, 181, tel: 075-9710201. His craft has been handed down from father to son uninterruptedly since the 12th century and is the best remaining example of the majolica tradition. He is a colorful character and will give you a tour of his laboratory and you may confidently order from him. Please tell him I sent you and he will give you special treatment. I recommend then proceeding to the top of the town and visiting the ancient forno there, and many ceramic shops, then having lunch at 1pm when the shops close. Taverna del Gusto (+39 0759724120) is a cozy restaurant serving typical Umbrian dishes. Going home by way of Todi, an Umbrian hill town with a phenomenal position perched proudly above the Tiber River, I would definitely stop at the remarkably beautiful ornament for Todi which lies just below the city, the de Tempio di Santa Maria della Consolazione.Todi has many antique shops and restaurants, my favorite being Ristorante Umbria (+39 075 894 2737) with it’s stunning views of the valley. The drive home from here is lovely along Lago di Corbara with many wineries along the way; Tenuta di Salviano, Barberani Wine Company, Decugnano dei Barbi. This wine is the famous “Orvieto Classico” white wine of Orvieto. Getting on the A1 autostrada will quickly take you back to Podere Vigliano, exit Fabro. Perugia is a day trip is of itself. It is challenging to drive in and out of but it just takes attention. It is a University town and the hub of Umbria. It has magnificent views, many beautiful clothing shops, great restaurants, beautiful piazzas, Duomo and an important museum with a large collection of Perugino paintings (the most important Umbrian Renaissance painter). Perugia hosts the world famous “Umbrian Jazz Festival” which takes place the second week in July www.umbriajazz.com. Also in October it hosts a week-long Chocolate festival with everything made out of chocolate.
Day Itinerary Orvieto-Civita di Bagnoregio-Lago di Bolsena Orvieto is a spectacularly sited city sitting atop a magnificent crag- a 1000-ft sheer-cliffed mesa created by an ancient volcano, which also enriched the hillsides below with special minerals to produce Orvieto’s famous white wine, Orvieto Classico. The city is home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic Cathedrals. Its awe-inspiring façade alone took over 300 years to complete, and inside is Luca Signorelli’s stunning Last Judgment, one of the great Italian fresco cycles of the Renaissance. The city has many pretty shops, cafes, and trattorie interspersed within alluring narrow and winding streets to while away an afternoon. There’s also a wonderful view of the city and surrounding countryside from atop the Torre del Moro. Orvieto has numerous subterranean tunnels and caves build over 2,5000 years ago by the Etruscans. Orvieto Underground is a pleasant and interesting tour of this labyrinth. Located across from the Cathedral. Take the A-1 autostrada and exit Orvieto. Wind your way up to the top and park in the lot by the funicular. That way you may see Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (the great well built in anticipation of an invasion from Rome which never happened) and walk up the main street to the center of town. For restaurants in Oriveto please refer to the house book but here are some suggestions. Pozzo della Cava (0763-342373) in the antique part of town is a place where you may experience the underground of Orvieto and has a small museum of Etruscan treasures that were found under his house. La Palomba, where the locals go (0763-343395). Mezza Luna, always crowded and their signature dish is Carbonara. I Sette Consoli is one of the best in Orvieto. La Pergola (+39 0763 343395), Trattoria dell’Orso (+39 0763 341642), Restaurant Le Grotte del Funaro, (+39 0763 343276). La Badia (0763-301959 or 0763-301876) is a 6th century Abbbey restored and is a lovely place for lunch or dinner just outside of town on the way to Civita di Bagnoregio. After having lunch in Orvieto it is a must to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying city. There is no place like it on earth. The only way to arrive is by walking across a foot bridge. The city dates back to the Etruscans and was an important city on the Roman trade route from Rome to Bolsena. The views are commanding and breathtaking. Make sure you walk across the footbridge into the town and continue on to the end of town and have bruschetta in the ancient cantina. If you want more, you may go on to Lago di Bolsena and enjoy a gelato by the water. The town of Bolsena is worth a visit before you reach the lake. Marta is another lakeside town with a nice swimming beach by a restaurant called Il Pirata (+39 0761 871515) which serves fresh lake fish. It is a lovely drive back to Orvieto from there with a vista point to stop and take in the view of Orvieto.
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Day Itinerary Orvieto-Civita di Bagnoregio-Lago di Bolsena Orvieto is a spectacularly sited city sitting atop a magnificent crag- a 1000-ft sheer-cliffed mesa created by an ancient volcano, which also enriched the hillsides below with special minerals to produce Orvieto’s famous white wine, Orvieto Classico. The city is home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic Cathedrals. Its awe-inspiring façade alone took over 300 years to complete, and inside is Luca Signorelli’s stunning Last Judgment, one of the great Italian fresco cycles of the Renaissance. The city has many pretty shops, cafes, and trattorie interspersed within alluring narrow and winding streets to while away an afternoon. There’s also a wonderful view of the city and surrounding countryside from atop the Torre del Moro. Orvieto has numerous subterranean tunnels and caves build over 2,5000 years ago by the Etruscans. Orvieto Underground is a pleasant and interesting tour of this labyrinth. Located across from the Cathedral. Take the A-1 autostrada and exit Orvieto. Wind your way up to the top and park in the lot by the funicular. That way you may see Il Pozzo di San Patrizio (the great well built in anticipation of an invasion from Rome which never happened) and walk up the main street to the center of town. For restaurants in Oriveto please refer to the house book but here are some suggestions. Pozzo della Cava (0763-342373) in the antique part of town is a place where you may experience the underground of Orvieto and has a small museum of Etruscan treasures that were found under his house. La Palomba, where the locals go (0763-343395). Mezza Luna, always crowded and their signature dish is Carbonara. I Sette Consoli is one of the best in Orvieto. La Pergola (+39 0763 343395), Trattoria dell’Orso (+39 0763 341642), Restaurant Le Grotte del Funaro, (+39 0763 343276). La Badia (0763-301959 or 0763-301876) is a 6th century Abbbey restored and is a lovely place for lunch or dinner just outside of town on the way to Civita di Bagnoregio. After having lunch in Orvieto it is a must to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying city. There is no place like it on earth. The only way to arrive is by walking across a foot bridge. The city dates back to the Etruscans and was an important city on the Roman trade route from Rome to Bolsena. The views are commanding and breathtaking. Make sure you walk across the footbridge into the town and continue on to the end of town and have bruschetta in the ancient cantina. If you want more, you may go on to Lago di Bolsena and enjoy a gelato by the water. The town of Bolsena is worth a visit before you reach the lake. Marta is another lakeside town with a nice swimming beach by a restaurant called Il Pirata (+39 0761 871515) which serves fresh lake fish. It is a lovely drive back to Orvieto from there with a vista point to stop and take in the view of Orvieto.
Day Itinerary Cetona- Palazzone-San Casciano dei Bagni-Bagni Termali Cetona is close and a small beautiful town to visit with several good restaurants one of which is “Nilo”(338-9245655). It’s nice for a quick visit and a cappuccino or aperitivo at the bar at the end of the main square. Just beyond Cetona look for signs for Convento San Francesco or Mondo X (first left). It is a beautifully restored convent that is a functioning Franciscan rehabilitation community where they “work and pray”. The community grows everything they eat and they have a fantastic restaurant with a beautiful view. The grounds are amazing. Very expensive but worth the experience for a beautiful lunch. (tel: 0686-212614) You may rent a Vintage Fiat 500 or Vespa for the day or multiple days from Slow Hills in Cetona. See advertisement. Call Stefano or Paolo for info. 338.655.1837 or 340.354.1996. You may want to explore the next town of Sarteano which also has nice restaurants, one of which is very small across from the main bar called Osteria “Da Gagliano” (0578-268022) closed Tuesdays. I have also been recommended a vegetarian restaurant, although I haven’t tried it, Il Cibo Degili Dei (0578-266016 or 335-1052856) closed Wednesdays. You may drive to San Casciano dei Bagni via the high road on Monte Cetona. On the way you will see on the left a sign for Eremo di Santa Maria in Belverde. Take this road and you will come across an excavation site where they find Etruscan artifacts and a labyrinth of caves in which Saint Francis of Assisi used to pray. A Church was built there in 1367. Also a prehistoric man was found in the very cave he used to pray. The church of Chiesa di Santa Maria in Belverde is open to the public everyday and you may take a tour (they close at 1pm for lunch and only speak Italian but still worth it). However, to tour the labyrinth of caves and the site where the prehistoric man was excavated you must call to arrange a tour. Below are the telephone numbers. Tours depart from the Visitors Center of the Park. Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona Tel. 0578.237632 Centro Servizi del Parco Tel. 0578.239219 Cooperativa Il Labirinto Tel. 338.6827859 San Casciano dei Bagni is a quaint Tuscan hill town with the most beautiful views of the Val d’Orcia. Take a café at the “Bar Centrale” or lunch at the famous “Ristorante Daniela” (0578-58041) next to the Bar Centrale, reservations recommended. I highly recommend a relaxing day mid-week at the elegant natural spa called Fonteverde to take the waters or get a spa treatment (best to make an appointment in advance-tel: 0578-57241). Fonteverde is located just beyond San Casciano dei Bagni at Bagni Termali (bring your swimsuit). Daniela also has a more upscale restaurant with a terrace on the way to Fonteverde from the town on the right side called “La Fontainella” (0578-58300). It is also interesting to visit the Fighine Castle that is now a hotel and restaurant, Heinz Beck Seasons at Ristorante Castello Di Fighine (1 Michelin Star) +39 0578 56158. It is on a gravel road between San Casciano dei Bagni and Palazzone. (This was the part of the route for the Giro d’Italia 2011). The small town of Palazzone has a winery called Ravazzi Winery (tel. 333-3242-039) where you can buy their wine by the bottle or 5 liter jug and take a tour. They have very good Chianti and are considered the best winery in the local area. The town of Piazze also has a cantina on the main road that is very good, Cantina Gentili. The 4 way stop at Ponticelli where the gas station & hotel are, there is a restaurant, Quis Vadis (0578-249030) where you can eat very well. It is where the locals go to eat, plain but great food owned by a great gal Michaela.
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San Casciano dei Bagni
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Day Itinerary Cetona- Palazzone-San Casciano dei Bagni-Bagni Termali Cetona is close and a small beautiful town to visit with several good restaurants one of which is “Nilo”(338-9245655). It’s nice for a quick visit and a cappuccino or aperitivo at the bar at the end of the main square. Just beyond Cetona look for signs for Convento San Francesco or Mondo X (first left). It is a beautifully restored convent that is a functioning Franciscan rehabilitation community where they “work and pray”. The community grows everything they eat and they have a fantastic restaurant with a beautiful view. The grounds are amazing. Very expensive but worth the experience for a beautiful lunch. (tel: 0686-212614) You may rent a Vintage Fiat 500 or Vespa for the day or multiple days from Slow Hills in Cetona. See advertisement. Call Stefano or Paolo for info. 338.655.1837 or 340.354.1996. You may want to explore the next town of Sarteano which also has nice restaurants, one of which is very small across from the main bar called Osteria “Da Gagliano” (0578-268022) closed Tuesdays. I have also been recommended a vegetarian restaurant, although I haven’t tried it, Il Cibo Degili Dei (0578-266016 or 335-1052856) closed Wednesdays. You may drive to San Casciano dei Bagni via the high road on Monte Cetona. On the way you will see on the left a sign for Eremo di Santa Maria in Belverde. Take this road and you will come across an excavation site where they find Etruscan artifacts and a labyrinth of caves in which Saint Francis of Assisi used to pray. A Church was built there in 1367. Also a prehistoric man was found in the very cave he used to pray. The church of Chiesa di Santa Maria in Belverde is open to the public everyday and you may take a tour (they close at 1pm for lunch and only speak Italian but still worth it). However, to tour the labyrinth of caves and the site where the prehistoric man was excavated you must call to arrange a tour. Below are the telephone numbers. Tours depart from the Visitors Center of the Park. Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona Tel. 0578.237632 Centro Servizi del Parco Tel. 0578.239219 Cooperativa Il Labirinto Tel. 338.6827859 San Casciano dei Bagni is a quaint Tuscan hill town with the most beautiful views of the Val d’Orcia. Take a café at the “Bar Centrale” or lunch at the famous “Ristorante Daniela” (0578-58041) next to the Bar Centrale, reservations recommended. I highly recommend a relaxing day mid-week at the elegant natural spa called Fonteverde to take the waters or get a spa treatment (best to make an appointment in advance-tel: 0578-57241). Fonteverde is located just beyond San Casciano dei Bagni at Bagni Termali (bring your swimsuit). Daniela also has a more upscale restaurant with a terrace on the way to Fonteverde from the town on the right side called “La Fontainella” (0578-58300). It is also interesting to visit the Fighine Castle that is now a hotel and restaurant, Heinz Beck Seasons at Ristorante Castello Di Fighine (1 Michelin Star) +39 0578 56158. It is on a gravel road between San Casciano dei Bagni and Palazzone. (This was the part of the route for the Giro d’Italia 2011). The small town of Palazzone has a winery called Ravazzi Winery (tel. 333-3242-039) where you can buy their wine by the bottle or 5 liter jug and take a tour. They have very good Chianti and are considered the best winery in the local area. The town of Piazze also has a cantina on the main road that is very good, Cantina Gentili. The 4 way stop at Ponticelli where the gas station & hotel are, there is a restaurant, Quis Vadis (0578-249030) where you can eat very well. It is where the locals go to eat, plain but great food owned by a great gal Michaela.
Spoleto and the Valnerina Area Things to do: Fly Fishing in Italy- Look at this website- http://www.flyfishingitaly.com The Tevere River is outside of Florence and The Nera River is in Umbria in the breathtaking Nera Valley that is close by the town of Spoleto. This area is rarely visited and is a special treat and the origins of the Umbrian’s. Spoleto- A wonderful town to visit and hosts the world famous Festival dei due Mondi (Festival of 2 worlds) which is in conjunction with Charleston, North Carolina. This year it is held June 24-July10, 2011 - http://www.festivaldispoleto.com It is about 1:45- 2:00 hour drive from the farmhouse. It’s fastest taking the A1 autostrada exit Orvieto, follow signs to Todi then Spoleto (look at the map). Urabani Tartufi (Truffles)- This area is famous for truffles especially black truffles hunted by specially trained dogs. You may visit the showroom/plant that is just past Spoleto before Scheggino on the SR 209 in the Valnerina. http://www.unbanitartufi.it I can arrange for a visit or you may by contacting: Olga Urbani olga@urbanitartufi.it Urbani Tartufi SS Valnerina KM 31, 300 Sant’ Anatolia di Narco 0743-613171 Abbazia San Pietro in Valle_ This is a beautiful located Abbey that can be dated back to 800’s. Three sister’s own it and have restored and keep it in good condition. It is a magical place to visit and also stay with a tranquil view. It is on the same road as Urbani Tartufi on SR 209 past Scheggino and before Ferentillo on the right side. The road follows the Nera River. http://www.sanpietroinvalle.com Ferentillo- Mummy Museum http://goitaly.about.com/od/thingstodoinitaly/a/mummies.htm The tiny town of Ferentillo holds an interesting surprise below the Church of Santo Stefano. Bodies buried there were preserved by a rare microfungus that attacked the corpses and turned them into mummies. Some of the best preserved mummies are on display in what is now the mummy museum in the bottom part of the church. To visit the mummy museum, follow signs for the Mummie. The ticket office is in a street below the church entrance. There a guide will escort you into the lower church and tell you about the exhibits (in Italian). Current opening hours (2007) are: April - September, 9:00 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 7:30 March and October, 9:30 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 6:00 November - February, 10:00 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 5:00 Cascade delle Marmore- Is a spectacular waterfall with the source being at the lake in Piediluco. It is further down the SR 209 just before you get to Terni. Check the website for opening hours because they do turn the source off. It is mostly open in the afternoons. http://www.marmorefalls.it Lago di Piediluco- This is the source above the waterfalls of Cascade delle Marmore. There is a Festa delle Acque (Festival of the Water) from June 28 - July 6, 2011. They have a parade of boats, food, music, etc. There is a dinner open to all in the evenings. You can read about it on the website of Abbazia San Pietro in Valle, http://www.sanpietroinvalle.com
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Spoleto and the Valnerina Area Things to do: Fly Fishing in Italy- Look at this website- http://www.flyfishingitaly.com The Tevere River is outside of Florence and The Nera River is in Umbria in the breathtaking Nera Valley that is close by the town of Spoleto. This area is rarely visited and is a special treat and the origins of the Umbrian’s. Spoleto- A wonderful town to visit and hosts the world famous Festival dei due Mondi (Festival of 2 worlds) which is in conjunction with Charleston, North Carolina. This year it is held June 24-July10, 2011 - http://www.festivaldispoleto.com It is about 1:45- 2:00 hour drive from the farmhouse. It’s fastest taking the A1 autostrada exit Orvieto, follow signs to Todi then Spoleto (look at the map). Urabani Tartufi (Truffles)- This area is famous for truffles especially black truffles hunted by specially trained dogs. You may visit the showroom/plant that is just past Spoleto before Scheggino on the SR 209 in the Valnerina. http://www.unbanitartufi.it I can arrange for a visit or you may by contacting: Olga Urbani olga@urbanitartufi.it Urbani Tartufi SS Valnerina KM 31, 300 Sant’ Anatolia di Narco 0743-613171 Abbazia San Pietro in Valle_ This is a beautiful located Abbey that can be dated back to 800’s. Three sister’s own it and have restored and keep it in good condition. It is a magical place to visit and also stay with a tranquil view. It is on the same road as Urbani Tartufi on SR 209 past Scheggino and before Ferentillo on the right side. The road follows the Nera River. http://www.sanpietroinvalle.com Ferentillo- Mummy Museum http://goitaly.about.com/od/thingstodoinitaly/a/mummies.htm The tiny town of Ferentillo holds an interesting surprise below the Church of Santo Stefano. Bodies buried there were preserved by a rare microfungus that attacked the corpses and turned them into mummies. Some of the best preserved mummies are on display in what is now the mummy museum in the bottom part of the church. To visit the mummy museum, follow signs for the Mummie. The ticket office is in a street below the church entrance. There a guide will escort you into the lower church and tell you about the exhibits (in Italian). Current opening hours (2007) are: April - September, 9:00 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 7:30 March and October, 9:30 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 6:00 November - February, 10:00 - 12:30 and 2:30 - 5:00 Cascade delle Marmore- Is a spectacular waterfall with the source being at the lake in Piediluco. It is further down the SR 209 just before you get to Terni. Check the website for opening hours because they do turn the source off. It is mostly open in the afternoons. http://www.marmorefalls.it Lago di Piediluco- This is the source above the waterfalls of Cascade delle Marmore. There is a Festa delle Acque (Festival of the Water) from June 28 - July 6, 2011. They have a parade of boats, food, music, etc. There is a dinner open to all in the evenings. You can read about it on the website of Abbazia San Pietro in Valle, http://www.sanpietroinvalle.com
Day Itinerary La Scarzuola-Castello di Montegiove-Castel di Fiori La Scarzuola: Amazing place- 12th Century restored convent that was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. The owner built a fantasy city with theaters to put on shows. Occasionally during the summer there are musical performances there in the afternoon as there is no lighting. You must call ahead and make a reservation for a tour. Marco Salari (0763-837546) Brian does the English tours. Directions: About 30 minutes from the farmhouse. Turn right out of the driveway and go up the hill from the farmhouse and turn right on the main road SS 71 towards Montegabbione. Once at Montegabbione (don’t go into the town) turn left past the town following signs to Montegiove. It takes about 10 minutes from Montegabbione to Montegiove. 2 km past Montegiove on the right is a sign for La Scarzuola, follow it to the end of the dirt road. Castello di Montegiove: In the very small town of Montegiove just before La Scarzuola is a Castello owned by the Marchese Lorenzo Misciattelli and his wife. His family recently moved back into it and are in the process of restoring it and cultivating the land. It is open to the public for a visit and they are very nice and speak perfect English. They have restored the Cantina (wine cellar) and are now making wine. Lorenzo Misciattelli (0763-837473 or 0763-837009 www.castellomontegiove.com Castel di Fiori: A small borgo on top of a hill with a gorgeous view of the hills of Umbria. There are no restaurants, bars or shops but you can visit the tower and climb to the top for the impressive tranquil view of Umbria. The borgo is situated on the road to Montegiove after you have passed Montegabbione it is about 10 minutes drive before you reach Montegiove. On the right is a sign for Castel di Fiori and it is a gravel road to the top. This is where our groundskeeper, Fabrizio lives. You may ask him to arrange a visit. Fabrizio Tortolini +39 392 932 4781
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Day Itinerary La Scarzuola-Castello di Montegiove-Castel di Fiori La Scarzuola: Amazing place- 12th Century restored convent that was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. The owner built a fantasy city with theaters to put on shows. Occasionally during the summer there are musical performances there in the afternoon as there is no lighting. You must call ahead and make a reservation for a tour. Marco Salari (0763-837546) Brian does the English tours. Directions: About 30 minutes from the farmhouse. Turn right out of the driveway and go up the hill from the farmhouse and turn right on the main road SS 71 towards Montegabbione. Once at Montegabbione (don’t go into the town) turn left past the town following signs to Montegiove. It takes about 10 minutes from Montegabbione to Montegiove. 2 km past Montegiove on the right is a sign for La Scarzuola, follow it to the end of the dirt road. Castello di Montegiove: In the very small town of Montegiove just before La Scarzuola is a Castello owned by the Marchese Lorenzo Misciattelli and his wife. His family recently moved back into it and are in the process of restoring it and cultivating the land. It is open to the public for a visit and they are very nice and speak perfect English. They have restored the Cantina (wine cellar) and are now making wine. Lorenzo Misciattelli (0763-837473 or 0763-837009 www.castellomontegiove.com Castel di Fiori: A small borgo on top of a hill with a gorgeous view of the hills of Umbria. There are no restaurants, bars or shops but you can visit the tower and climb to the top for the impressive tranquil view of Umbria. The borgo is situated on the road to Montegiove after you have passed Montegabbione it is about 10 minutes drive before you reach Montegiove. On the right is a sign for Castel di Fiori and it is a gravel road to the top. This is where our groundskeeper, Fabrizio lives. You may ask him to arrange a visit. Fabrizio Tortolini +39 392 932 4781
Directions to Podere Vigliano
Coming from either ROME (ROMA) or Florence (FIRENZE), take the A1 motorway and exit at FABRO. Leaving the motorway, just after the payment station, turn LEFT in the direction of FABRO SCALO. Go about 2 Km into FABRO SCALO Turn LEFT at the ROTARY in the direction of MONTELEONE D’ORVIETO. The sign says Piegaro, Monteleone d’Orvieto, Perugia. Go about 2 Km into the small town of SANTA MARIA (S.MARIA) After you see the sign (S. Maria) there is a curve and after the curve make the lst LEFT. At the corner there will be a grocery store called PUNTO also a small sign to Borgo Santa Maria & Gli Olivi. (If you miss this turn you will eventually end up in the town of Monteleone where you can ask at the bar how to get to the blond American woman’s house, Susan.) Go about 1 km and you will come to a fork in the road – keep left and you will pass by a collection of houses on the left (Borgo Santa Maria). Immediately after that intersection turn RIGHT towards MONTELEONE D’ORVIETO (there is a sign for Monteleone d’Orvieto, also La Paladina). This is our road. The road goes up the hill towards Monteleone which you will see at the top of the hill. You will see vineyards on the left. After about 1 km on the RIGHT is the entrance to PODERE VIGLIANO with the cypress trees lining it. The driveway is before the curve sign and there are two short cement posts on either side of the driveway. There is a sign that says PODERE VIGLIANO. You will see a wooden gate and the driveway is lined with cypress trees. If you see a farmhouse on the right that has a collapsed building with a pile of rocks, then you have gone too far. In this case, look back and our house is the yellow house behind you. If for some reason you can’t find it go to the town of Monteleone and ask someone at the bar, Seven Cafe, where Podere Vigliano is or the house of the blond American woman, Susan. The people in town know homes by the name and they are very helpful.
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Coming from either ROME (ROMA) or Florence (FIRENZE), take the A1 motorway and exit at FABRO. Leaving the motorway, just after the payment station, turn LEFT in the direction of FABRO SCALO. Go about 2 Km into FABRO SCALO Turn LEFT at the ROTARY in the direction of MONTELEONE D’ORVIETO. The sign says Piegaro, Monteleone d’Orvieto, Perugia. Go about 2 Km into the small town of SANTA MARIA (S.MARIA) After you see the sign (S. Maria) there is a curve and after the curve make the lst LEFT. At the corner there will be a grocery store called PUNTO also a small sign to Borgo Santa Maria & Gli Olivi. (If you miss this turn you will eventually end up in the town of Monteleone where you can ask at the bar how to get to the blond American woman’s house, Susan.) Go about 1 km and you will come to a fork in the road – keep left and you will pass by a collection of houses on the left (Borgo Santa Maria). Immediately after that intersection turn RIGHT towards MONTELEONE D’ORVIETO (there is a sign for Monteleone d’Orvieto, also La Paladina). This is our road. The road goes up the hill towards Monteleone which you will see at the top of the hill. You will see vineyards on the left. After about 1 km on the RIGHT is the entrance to PODERE VIGLIANO with the cypress trees lining it. The driveway is before the curve sign and there are two short cement posts on either side of the driveway. There is a sign that says PODERE VIGLIANO. You will see a wooden gate and the driveway is lined with cypress trees. If you see a farmhouse on the right that has a collapsed building with a pile of rocks, then you have gone too far. In this case, look back and our house is the yellow house behind you. If for some reason you can’t find it go to the town of Monteleone and ask someone at the bar, Seven Cafe, where Podere Vigliano is or the house of the blond American woman, Susan. The people in town know homes by the name and they are very helpful.
DIRECTIONS TO CHIUSI TRAIN STATION FROM PODERE VIGLIANO When you leave the house turn LEFT out of the driveway. Go down the hill to the end of the road and turn LEFT. Turn RIGHT immediately. Go along this road for about 500 meters until it ends. You will go under a little tunnel and over a one-lane pointed bridge. At the intersection turn RIGHT. (This is a frontage road that goes all the way to Chiusi. It is better to take this road than the autostrada. The autostrada you have to pay toll and it puts you out farther.) Continue on this frontage road for about 13 km to Chiusi. After about 7 km you will reach a 4 way stop sign and this is Ponticelli. There is an AGIP gas station on the left. Go straight following the sign to Chiusi. Continue on this road for about another 6 km keeping to the left. When you reach the end of the road and an intersection turn RIGHT in the direction of CHIUSI SCALO. Keep straight on this road and in about 0.7 km you will be in the town of Chiusi Scalo. The train station will be on the right. You can park the car all day for no charge at the end of this road where there are no blue lines indicating parking spaces. There is also a parking lot on the other side of the train station but you need to access it from another road. Whenever you see blue lines it means you need to pay for parking at a pay station and put the ticket on your dashboard.
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DIRECTIONS TO CHIUSI TRAIN STATION FROM PODERE VIGLIANO When you leave the house turn LEFT out of the driveway. Go down the hill to the end of the road and turn LEFT. Turn RIGHT immediately. Go along this road for about 500 meters until it ends. You will go under a little tunnel and over a one-lane pointed bridge. At the intersection turn RIGHT. (This is a frontage road that goes all the way to Chiusi. It is better to take this road than the autostrada. The autostrada you have to pay toll and it puts you out farther.) Continue on this frontage road for about 13 km to Chiusi. After about 7 km you will reach a 4 way stop sign and this is Ponticelli. There is an AGIP gas station on the left. Go straight following the sign to Chiusi. Continue on this road for about another 6 km keeping to the left. When you reach the end of the road and an intersection turn RIGHT in the direction of CHIUSI SCALO. Keep straight on this road and in about 0.7 km you will be in the town of Chiusi Scalo. The train station will be on the right. You can park the car all day for no charge at the end of this road where there are no blue lines indicating parking spaces. There is also a parking lot on the other side of the train station but you need to access it from another road. Whenever you see blue lines it means you need to pay for parking at a pay station and put the ticket on your dashboard.
DIRECTIONS TO PODERE VIGLIANO FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION Coming from the CHIUSI TRAIN STATION, when you exit the train station turn left and proceed on that street. About 0.7 km turn left at the intersection with the sign that indicates A-1 FABRO. Go straight and follow the sign for PONTICELLI. You will come to a rotary, still go straight for Ponticelli. You will reach a 4 way stop sign after about 6 km and this is Ponticelli. There is an AGIP gas station on the right. Go straight following the sign to Fabro. Continue on this road for about another 7 km and look for a small sign that says S. MARIA. There will be a stop light. Turn left here and go over the one-way pointed bridge when the light turns green. You will pass under another bridge. After about 500 meters this road will end. Turn LEFT for MONTELEONE and take the immediate RIGHT after about 30 meters following the sign to MONTELOEONE D’ ORVIETO. This is our road. The road goes up the hill towards Monteleone. You will see vineyards on the left. After about 1 km on the RIGHT is the entrance to PODERE VIGLIANO with the cypress trees lining it. The driveway is before the curve sign and there are two short cement posts on either side of the driveway. There is a sign that says PODERE VIGLIANO. If you see a farmhouse on the right that has a collapsed building with a pile of rocks, then you have gone too far. Look back and our house is behind you. It is a yellow house. You have arrived! Enjoy your stay!
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DIRECTIONS TO PODERE VIGLIANO FROM CHIUSI TRAIN STATION Coming from the CHIUSI TRAIN STATION, when you exit the train station turn left and proceed on that street. About 0.7 km turn left at the intersection with the sign that indicates A-1 FABRO. Go straight and follow the sign for PONTICELLI. You will come to a rotary, still go straight for Ponticelli. You will reach a 4 way stop sign after about 6 km and this is Ponticelli. There is an AGIP gas station on the right. Go straight following the sign to Fabro. Continue on this road for about another 7 km and look for a small sign that says S. MARIA. There will be a stop light. Turn left here and go over the one-way pointed bridge when the light turns green. You will pass under another bridge. After about 500 meters this road will end. Turn LEFT for MONTELEONE and take the immediate RIGHT after about 30 meters following the sign to MONTELOEONE D’ ORVIETO. This is our road. The road goes up the hill towards Monteleone. You will see vineyards on the left. After about 1 km on the RIGHT is the entrance to PODERE VIGLIANO with the cypress trees lining it. The driveway is before the curve sign and there are two short cement posts on either side of the driveway. There is a sign that says PODERE VIGLIANO. If you see a farmhouse on the right that has a collapsed building with a pile of rocks, then you have gone too far. Look back and our house is behind you. It is a yellow house. You have arrived! Enjoy your stay!