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Table of Contents
- 1 Best of Italy during Autumn – Umbria
- 1.1 Autumn in Umbria
- 1.2 Truffle Hunting in Umbria
- 1.3 Autumn Tradition in Umbria
Best of Italy during Autumn – Umbria
Autumn in Umbria
With great last minute airline and hotel deals, along with cool weather and more space to roam, visiting Italy during Autumn is an experience to be had. Our favorite destination in Italy during this time of year is the region of Umbria.
Truffle Hunting in Umbria
With a strong heritage in truffle hunting, the activity culminates during the month of November in the Umbrian woods. The much-coveted white truffle of the season is at its height. There is no shortage in the use of these lovely fungi in dishes served throughout the towns in Umbria. It’s de rigueur in these parts. You can smell it emanating from every eatery, and every window, on every street corner.
Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini in Gubbio
If you want to participate in a hunt, visit the beautiful town of Gubbio, and check into Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini, and book an experience with them. They will provide you with experienced guides to take you through the Umbrian woods, with their lovely and very experienced truffle dogs. Hard to resist petting them at every turn, especially when they find you that treasure.
Get your boots and nails dirty. Breath in the terroir that produces some of the most precious things on earth (quite literally).
Spa treatments at Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini
Done with the hunt? Well, one of the best of Italy during Autumn experiences is to go to a spa; and Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini is one of the best. All treatments you can imagine are available at this luxurious hotel. Especially into the latter part of the Fall, when temperatures drop slightly more, few things are better than relaxing while surrounded by nature. It’s sure to reload the body before the next adventure.
If you are more interested in cooking the stuff versus hunting for them, such dishes can be learned at La Casa Delle Cuoche in Perugia. This cooking school welcomes cooks of all levels. The classes can be as challenging as you wish them to be. If you are traveling with kids, they also have programs for the young ones. Traditional methods of making pasta, the proper use of local ingredients, and much more can be learned here.
Autumn Tradition in Umbria
Not to be outdone by the famous truffle, November is also the time for Vino Novello (New Wine). Not unlike the better-known Beaujolais nouveau festival in France (which also happens in November), Umbria also celebrates the new newly uncorked wines of the season.
Vino Novello in Umbria
These young wines are easy drinking and pairs beautifully with the regional favorites such as the lentil soup and the famous salumi from Norcia. An Autumn tradition in Umbria is the combination of drinking these wines along with roasted chestnuts which are plentiful this time of year.
Recommended vineyards to visit are Adanti in the picturesque town of Montefalco, and Cantina Goretti in the quaint town of Pila. Both have wonderful offerings for personal tours and tastings. There is a range of wines, both red and white from which to choose.
What makes a visit to these vintners so special are their beautiful properties. Hard not to want to become a winemaker when visiting the vineyards and factories of these two families. It’s the kind of stuff that makes one feel nostalgic.
However, what makes these businesses unique is that they are both run by a pair of sisters. “Girl Power”, to which it’s referred by my wife and daughter. Both the Goretti and Adanti sisters also happen to produce some of the best wines in the region.
Olive Oil Season in Umbria
In November, olives are harvested. Around the Umbrian countryside, it’s not uncommon to see everywhere, nets spread out under trees to catch olives, which are shaken, beaten or picked from their branches and rushed to oil mills for pressing.
The olive mills are kept busy for weeks on end, and intrinsically become a farmers social hub. Groups of farmers are often seen passing time chatting and snacking on bruschetta and other treats from a fireplace grill, washing it down with a cup of wine, while they wait their turn to press.
Frantoi Aperti – Festival of Olive Oils
Umbria is known to produce some of the top olive oils in Italy. The palate, which is both fresh and peppery, is a characteristic of the olive oil in this region and much lauded all over the world. During this time of year in Umbria, olive mills hold open days.
This is what is referred to as Frantoi Aperti. It is akin to celebrations of Feasts Days, with lots of activities, which include the likes of concerts, and of course, olive oil tastings. It’ll be held this year from Nov. 1-25 Frantoi Aperti.
Umbria Greencard and EcoBike
Won’t be here during that time? No worries. Rent a cool electric car from Umbria Greencard, or if you are more the active type, an electric bike from EcoBike, and head over to the medieval town of Montecchio and book an experience with Al Vecchio Frantoio Bartolomei.
Head to Orvieto
The tour will take you through the stages of production, along with tastings. Head to Orvieto after the tour and visit their wonderful Olive Oil Shop and Kitchen, where you can find just about everything you need for the house made from Olive oil (from soaps to candles) along with other products such as pasta and wine. Grab a table in the back and enjoy a dish prepared with their house oils.
The Green heart of Italy
Umbria is known as the “Green Heart of Italy” and its Autumn Harvest speaks to that truth. With perfect soil, topography, and climate, it’s no wonder why this region produces the best of the best in food products. There is much rejoicing in the fruits of back-breaking labor. The artisans that are behind every product take pride in their work, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll be able to appreciate it in every sip and bite you take.
Imagine yourself, along with the wonderful residents of the most picturesque hilltop towns, reap the benefits of what’s been sowed. Dip your bruschetta in the newly pressed olive oil. Enjoy a pasta topped heavily with white truffle. Drink the newly released wines in an unabashed way. Lastly, take in the fresh air that Autumn brings.
The land is nothing short of breathtaking, especially during the Fall leading into the much anticipated Christmas Season. So, pack your bags, book a flight, a room, and some experiences; and enjoy the best of Italy during Autumn, in the region of Umbria.
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