Via Ianelli, Cortona

Overhanging upper storeys in Via Ianelli, Cortona
On Sunday we went to Cortona to visit an antiques market held on the third Sunday of each month. Of course, all but one of the roads to the town were closed because of a car race and when we finally got there we found the antiquesRead more

A Visit to Gubbio

The Palazzo dei Consoli in Gubbio
Last week we went to visit the medieval Umbrian town of Gubbio, the day had started off with blue skies but by the time we arrived it had clouded over, giving the stone buildings of this impressive town a rather austere look. The town hall, the PalazzoRead more


Montone is a hilltop village above the Tiber Valley in Umbria. It's close to most of our villas on the Tuscany Umbria border and definitely deserves a look. There are several restaurants in Montone and a couple of bars in the piazza, as well as a smallRead more


View down onto the Piazza Grande in Arezzo
Today we went on a day trip to the Tuscan city of Arezzo. We had booked ahead to see the frescoes by Piero della Francesco in the church of San Francesco. Do not forget to do this if you want to see the frescoes as you haveRead more


The hill town of Spello in Umbria, italy
The last stop on our tour of small towns in Umbria was Spello, Spello was originally a Roman town and, as with Bevagna, there are many Roman remains still visible in the town. Spello, Umbria, italy It was the end of a long day and we didn'tRead more


Entrance gate to the Umbrian town of Montefalco
Montefalco was the second stop on our tour of three small towns in Umbria: Bevagna, Montefalco and Spello. Montefalco is the centre of the Montefalco di Sagrantino wine producing area, but the small towns of Bevagna, Gualdo Catteneo, Castel Ritardi, Bastardo and Giano dell'Umbria are also withinRead more


Roman mosaics in Bevagna, Umbria
Yesterday I went on a day trip to the towns of Bevagna, Montefalco and Spello. Our first stop was in the beautiful walled town of Bevagna. Unusually for a town in Umbria, it is built on low ground in the original Roman position on the route ofRead more

Good Friday Procession In Gubbio

Robed figure carrying a skull in Gubbio, Umbria
Yesterday it was Good Friday and I decided to go to the town of Gubbio in Umbria for the evening procession. I had heard that it was quite spectacular and bonfires were lit in the streets. I arrived at around 8.30pm only to find that the processionRead more

Umbertide Market

Oranges for sale at Umbertide Market
Umbertide is a small town on the river Tiber close to the Niccone Valley, the location of many of our holiday villas on the Tuscany Umbria border. Market Stalls In The Centre Of Umbertide, Umbria It has a market on Wednesdays where you can find seasonal fruit andRead more