Bevagna

Hopefully the photos below will speak for the beauty of Bevagna, a village in the heart of the Vale of Umbra dating back to Roman and medieval times (and before, to the ancient Umbri). The central piazza is a jewel of medieval architecture and the walls encircling the village date back to the medieval period. […]

Monte Santa Maria Tiberina

Monte Santa Maria Tiberina has an incredibly long name for one of the tiniest hilltop towns in the Upper Tiber Valley!  The photo to the left is taken from Villa Bastiola (holiday villa for rent in Umbria) and is the peak in the distance with the castle tower silhouetted against the skyline. It’s worth a […]

Citta di Castello

Citta’ di Castello is a thriving market town in the north of Umbria, in an area known as the Upper Tiber Valley.  Founded by Umbri tribes, the Romans called it Tifernum Tiberinum or Civitas Tiberina (City on the Tiber) which is the river that flows across Italy and down to Rome. During the medieval times, the […]

Vineyards in the Vale of Umbra

So many people have heard of the famous Tuscan wines and super-reds like Chianti Classico DOC, Tignanello and Sassicaia but not so many know of the wonderful Umbrian wines that rival these in quality and taste.  A day trip down to the Vale of Umbra (about 45 minutes drive from Villa Bastiola) is worth doing, […]

My favourite things… part 2…

Just as Umbria has gorgeous hand-painted pottery, so it has beautiful linens and none more so than the stunning range in Busatti, master linen makers since 1797. The flagship store is in Anghiari, a beautiful medieval hilltop town, just over the border in Tuscany, about 30 minutes drive from Villa Bastiola. I first visited the […]

Infiorata at Spello – 28th & 29th May 2016

Spello is truly one of Umbria’s most lovely gems!  Nestling away on the hillside between Assisi and Spoleto, it is an enchanting hilltop town with a wealth of history.  See medieval walls, Roman archways, renaissance painting and enjoy the cafes, ice cream parlours and restaurants that this little town has to offer. During May and […]

Festa dei Ceri – Gubbio, 15 May 2016

More things to experience in Umbria… Umbria is so culturally rich in tradition that there is always a celebration or re-enactment taking place somewhere.  This time it’s the race of the giant wooden candlesticks in Gubbio in May!!!  Sounds crazy (indeed Gubbio boasts of its “fontana dei matti” – fountain of the madmen – it’s […]