Friday, September 15, 2006

Immerse yourself in the season of truffle hunting, mushroom gathering and chestnut picking!!!

The Upper Tiber Valley, in the northern part of Umbrian territory, is a paradise of art and tranquillity, where nature has given the gift of wonderful places and spectacular views... Woodlands are a very big resource for this land providing traditional Umbrian food and wine, including truffles, mushrooms and chestnuts.
The autumnal period is the time for gathering all these delicacies. And so every year, the Upper Tiber Valley has a series of events to celebrate these products:

 Festa del Bosco – Woodland fair - 28 October/1 November – Montone
 Mostra Mercato del Tartufo- Trade fair of Truffles - 14 /15 October - Pietralunga

 Sagra della Castagna –Chestnut fair- 21/22 October - Preggio (Umbertide)
 Sagra della Castagna - Chestnut fair 21/22 October - Morra- (Citta' di Castello)

 Trade fair of the truffle and woodland products – 21/22- October Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
 Trade fair of the truffle and woodland products- 3/5 November- Citta' di Castello

….and for the chocoholics, the Perugia Chocolate Festival held from 14 to 22 October and the Gubbio Chocolate Fair (20/23 October) . Perugia is home to the biggest chocolate festival, with chocolate sculptures, chocolate head-wear, chocolate cocktails…

Spend time for a tour to all the picturesque medieval hilltop towns and villages including Montone, Citerna, Lippiano, Pietralunga, Cospaia and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina; in Umbertide, San Giustino, Città di Castello, Lisciano Niccone, Castel Rigone, Preggio you can find many castles and churches, the ancient abbey of Montecorona, which has a restaurant is also worthy of a visit not only for the fine food and wine but also for the architectural interest. Although medieval monuments are by no means lacking, they are examples of Reinassance art and culture!

Stay nearby at La Preghiera, and you can tuck in to a traditional slice of Umbria whilst enjoying the luxuries of a restored 12th Century monastery oozing with style and comfort! For info: email at - phone to 0039 075 9302428.