Category Archives: Umbria

Reason Six: Day Hikes in Italy

How do you enjoy all of that gelato and not gain weight? It’s easy—spend some time hiking or walking the scenic trails in Italy. There are several dramatic mountain ranges to choose from—the Alps and Dolomites in the north, the Apennines … Continue reading

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A Few Reasons to Venture to Umbria

Tuscany gets all the press, but Umbria has its own special perks. Here are a few of my favorite reasons to venture into the “green heart of Italy”. Country roads with lush scenery and no tolls Driving in Italy may … Continue reading

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The Walk

The patron saint of Italy is St. Francis— known for his love of animals. He’s also admired for his alternative life style and devotion to simplicity and nature. His home town,the beautiful town of Assisi, is called The City of … Continue reading

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It’s Another Party

“It’s another party” is the first thing that Bob says as we approach the main Piazza (Piazza IV Novembre) in Perugia. Now that the beautiful spring weather has arrived, the piazza has been the place to hang out. When we … Continue reading

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The Paths of St. Francis

On the trail to the hermitage Last week we decided to explore the St. Francis Trail that winds through the hills of Umbria. We drove to Assisi to visit the tourist office there to get more information or perhaps, a … Continue reading

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South of Perugia

Norcia’s Mascot We rented a car for a week so we could explore the smaller towns and beautiful countryside of Umbria. For our first excursion, we decided to drive south to the town of Norcia, nestled against the Sibillini Mountains. … Continue reading

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A Hill Town in Umbria

Piazza IV Novembre in Perugia Last week we took the train to Umbria, where we’ll spend our last month in Italy. We are very fortunate to have an apartment in the old center of Perugia, an often overlooked city in … Continue reading

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