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.

(This article is continued in the Blog for our sister site: http://www.propertiesumbria.com/.)