Monday, August 22, 2005

Cinemas, Theatres, Concerts, Sports, Festivals, Talks and Walks are all announced in guides and bulletins issued by the local tourist office, by posters in the streets - an amazing source of reference - and sometimes the newspaper and radio, but street posters are the best for local information. The "Corriere della Umbria", our county paper, has a Saturday supplement listing all activities; it is always available to scan in the bar when you stop for a coffee. Also pull up Umbria on the Internet; it is there, and so is Umbertide, Città di Castello, Perugia, etc.Country walks, chestnut gathering and mushroom picking in the woods are favourite autumn sports, as is eating traditional home-made pasta and other local dishes in typical restaurants run by friendly and hospitable families, more than fifty of which are only a short drive away. Sample home-made ice-creams and pizzas, (look out for the sign "produzione propria" - home made, really ours), taste the local truffles, boar, porcini and chestnut products, which are highly prized throughout the gastronomic world.

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