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La Trattoria In Pissignano

On our trip out to visit the Fonti del Clitunno last Sunday we went for lunch at La Trattoria, a restaurant on the opposite side of the road to the natural springs. We had first eaten here on a trip to Pissignano Antiques Market and a visit to the springs seemed like a good excuse to go back.

Rigatone al Rancetto pasta at La Trattoria, Pissignano

Rigatone al Rancetto at La Trattoria, Pissignano

It was a sunny day in late March and we booked a table outside on the terrace at the front. To start we ordered a couple of antipasti to share between five people, this came in three servings staggered over about 15 minutes and comprised appertisers of  meats, cheeses, olives (flavoured with orange zest), small fried fish, frittata with asparagus and fried battered zucchini flowers filled with mozzarella.

An outside table at La Trattoria, Pissignano

An outside table at La Trattoria, Pissignano

I had pasta with artisan ricotta and truffles from the primi menu, it was delicious, I didn’t try anyone else’s but they all raved about their choices. For the meat course I had a homemade hamburger, I think the best I’ve ever eaten, and others chose liver and salad. If you are in the area and it is a nice day I can definitely recommend eating here.

Telephone 0743 275797 to book a table.

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The Fonti del Clitunno

Today we went to visit the famous Fonti del Clitunno, natural springs that have inspired poets since Roman times. In the 19th Century the springs were the inspiration for the line, “Umbria, green heart of Italy” that has since been used by almost everyone promoting the region.

The Fonti del Clitunno in Umbria

The Fonti del Clitunno in Umbria

The spring water in the surrounding pools was remarkably clear and we took some great photographs. However, if you are expecting to commune with nature you might be disappointed at the manicured appearance of the area around the springs, it reminded me of a very pleasant public park except with a €3 entrance fee.

The crystal clear water of the Fonti del Clitunno

The crystal clear water of the Fonti del Clitunno

It only takes a few minutes to walk around the springs so definitely combine a visit here with something else in the area. We had a great lunch afterwards at a nearby trattoria that we had discovered on a visit to Pissignano Antiques Market.

Reflections in the water, Fonti del Clitunno, Umbria

Reflections in the water, Fonti del Clitunno, Umbria

I had been under the impression that the Tempio del Clitunno, an early Christian church built with recycled Roman materials was in the the same place as the springs but it turned out to be a kilometer down the road and required a separate €2 entrance fee.

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Pissignano Antiques Market

We really enjoy going to local antiques markets, often heading to nearby Città di Castello on the third Sunday of the month. The biggest antique market in Umbria and probably one of the biggest in Italy is held in the village of Pissignano. The market is held on the first Sunday of each month and is so well known that many antique dealers from Rome attend. Pissignano is located near the town of Trevi and is next to the famous Fonti del Clitunno, the natural springs that inspired the poem describing Umbria as the “Green Heart of Italy”.

A stall at the Pissignano antiques market

A stall at the Pissignano antiques market

The market stretches alongside the main road into Pissignano and into the centre of the village itself. It takes a while to stroll along the entire length of the market, we were advised by experienced visitors to park at the Pissignano end and make our way back along the market. There are a lot of interesting items to look at and buy, our daughters found some wonderful vintage dresses.

Afterwards we had a good lunch at La Trattoria, sitting outside on the shady terrace. On the day of the market advance booking is advisable to secure a table.

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