Trattoria In Siena, L’Osteria

Antipasti at L'Osteria in Siena
Sunday Lunch In Siena At L'Osteria A couple of weeks ago we ate at one of my favourite trattorie, L'Osteria in Siena. l'Osteria is located a short walk north of the Campo, Siena's main piazza. If you follow signs to the church of San Francesco you areRead more

A Day Out In Southern Tuscany

Hot springs Saturnia, Tuscany
Saturnia Hot Springs, Pitigliano, Etruscan Necropolis & Sunken Roads Last autumn we went on a day trip to southern Tuscany, we packed a lot in to our day out, visiting the small town of Pitigliano, the Hot Springs At Saturnia and an Etruscan Necropolis in the SovanaRead more

A Visit To Assisi

Sermon to the birds, Legend of St Francis
A Day Trip to Assisi in Umbria Last Sunday we decided to spend the day in Assisi. We started our visit with a great lunch at Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba and then went for a quick wander around the town, our final objective being the huge Basilica ofRead more

Lunch In Assisi, Osteria Piazzetta Dell’Erba

A plate of tagliatelle at osteria piatta dell'erba
Osteria Piazzetta Dell'Erba, a Restaurant in Assisi Last Sunday we drove to the Umbrian town of Assisi, we started our day out with Sunday lunch at a great restaurant, the Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba, a short walk from the central piazza. The weather was quite unsettled last weekRead more

A Visit to Cantina Bianchini

Wine tasting at the Bianchini winery in Umbria
Bianchini Winery, Selci, Umbria The Bianchini winery is in the small town of Selci, situated just north of Città di Castello in the Upper Tiber Valley, Umbria.  I went there yesterday with a group of trainee sommeliers to learn how to prune vines and course, to tasteRead more

La Trattoria In Pissignano

An outside table at La Trattoria, 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 toRead more

The Fonti del Clitunno

The Fonti del Clitunno in Umbria
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.Read more

San Gimignano

Medieval towers in San Gimignano, Tuscany
The town of San Gimignano in Tuscany is famous for its medieval towers and, despite its small size it is on many people's "must see" list when visiting the region. Medieval towers in San Gimignano, Tuscany In the middle ages Italian towns could be dangerous places, aristocraticRead more