Trattoria Dardano, Cortona

Whilst in Cortona celebrating my sister’s birthday we went to Trattoria Dardano for lunch before going on my Cortona Walk. Trattoria Dardano is located about halfway along via Dardano, a road that runs north and gently uphill from Cortona’s main square, piazza della Repubblica. The portions here are generous soRead more

A Walk Around Cortona

Cortona is a Tuscan hill town high above the broad Val di Chiana, since the 1990′s it has been put firmly on the tourist trail by the popularity of Francis Mayes’ book about living in the town; Under The Tuscan Sun. Despite the popularity of Cortona with visitors,Read more

Sensational Umbria – The Steve McCurry Exhibition in Perugia

The village of Castelluccio and the Piano Grande in Umbria photographed by Steve McCurry
In June we went to the city of Perugia to see a photography exhibition by Steve McCurry who spent some time in Umbria photographing people and places for the exhibition. The photographs are displayed in two of Perugia's buildings, the Palazzo Penna and an old monastery, L'Ex-Fatebenefratelli. Both buildings areRead more

Aerial Photos of Umbertide

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen that I have recently bought a drone for taking aerial photos and video. Today I took the drone up from three different places around the old part of Umbertide.   Umbertide is on the UpperRead more

Antique Market In Citta di Castello

On the third Sunday of every month the Umbrian town of Citta di Castello hosts an antique market. Citta di Castello is sometimes (and in my opinion unfairly) dismissed by guidebook writers in a few lines. It has a lovely centro storico with lots of good restaurantsRead more

The Perugia Flower Show

On the last Sunday in May in Umbria many local wineries open their doors to the public for the Cantine Aperte event. However, on this weekend it is also the Perugia Flower Show held in the botanical gardens next to the church of San Pietro. We decidedRead more

Monte Acuto Walk

View from the site of the Etruscan temple on Monte Acuto, Umbria
The first day of 2014 was bright and sunny - a perfect winter day for a walk up Monte Acuto, a mountain near our house on the Tuscany Umbria border. Monte Acuto's distinctive pointed shape is responsible for the mountain's name; it's height and shape make itRead more

5 Umbrian Towns

The Palazzo de Priori in Perugia, Umbria
When you stay on the Tuscany Umbria border you have the option to visit both these Italian regions, here's a brief guide to some the larger towns in Umbria,. Perugia Perugia is the capital of Umbria, it is easy to miss out on thanks to the largeRead more