Umbria Blog | Feast of San Lorenzo

Each August on the 10th is the feast of San Lorenzo “calici di stelle”. An evening of celebrations throughout Italy. This feast is not well known outside Italy. In this period of August, and especially around the 12th of August rather than the 10th, is the best time to admire the shooting stars, also called the tears of San Lorenzo.

Calici di Stelle

When you see a falling star, you can make a wish and hope your wish will come true. To honor the saint San Lorenzo many festivities are held in villages, in the mountains or on the beach. Some people watch the sky during the night with a good glass of wine in their hands, and some people have diner together. For everybody August 10th is a magical summer night.

Calici di Stelle Calici di Stelle Calici di Stelle

Also in Umbria San Lorenzo will be celebrated. It is a nice experience, watch this website calendar for the festivities in Umbria: www.cittadelvino.it

Some places where you can go in Umbria at San Lorenzo: Gualdo Cattaneo, Torgiano, Castel Viscardo, Ficulle and Montefalco

Buon divertimento e salute!

Calici di Stelle

Umbria Blog | Fish restaurant Mugnanese

Mugnanesi is a very small hamlet set in the municipality of Castiglione del Lago. There are maybe 10 houses and one church. There is no bar, but one restaurant: Osteria di Mugnanese. Osteria di Mugnanese is only open when you’ve made a reservation in the weekend, otherwise you’ll find the restaurant closed.

Osteria Mugnanese

In this osteria one eats the traditional Trasimeno cuisine. They prepare local fish dishes with fish from the Trasimeno Lake. Despite it’s location closer to the Lakes of Montepulciano and Chiusi, they always get their fish from the Trasimeno Lake.

“Osteria di Mugnanese Pesce di Lago Brustico e Tegamaccio”.

Pesce di Lago Brustico means roasted fish. Brustico derives from the verb abbrusticare and means to roast. Pesce di Lago Brustico is a traditional fish dish from the Etruscan civilization.

The south of Tuscany, Chiusi, Montepulciano but also Orvieto, Perugia are typical Etruscan sites. In Chiusi for example is the “Museo Nazionale Etrusco e Tombe”, and Orvieto has a labyrinth of many caves and tunnels all created by Etruscan people. But this being said…

The tegamaccio is a traditional fish soup with eel, pike and tench. I wouldn’t know the recipe of this fish soup really, but you eat it with toasted bread, tomato sauce and fish from the lake.

Osteria Mugnanese Osteria Mugnanese

One can eat inside and outside on the terrace. The owner and waitress are very friendly. The entrance is a bit hidden, but from the outside it looks cosy and welcome. Mugnanesi itself is not worth a visit, but I can recommend the detour to everybody who loves eating fish from the Trasimeno Lake.

Osteria Mugnanese

Address:

Osteria di Mugnanese
Località di Mugnanesi, 11
06061 Mugnanesi
Castiglione del Lago (PG)
Telnr: +393473307452

Discover Fabro in the west of Umbria

Fabro

Fabro is a small medieval hilltop village in West Umbria, close to the Tuscan border. It is a small village, but the views from Fabro over the Umbrian countryside make it worth the effort. There are narrow and charming streets with a few bars where locals drink their daily coffee or glass of wine. Fabro is a municipality in the province of Terni, and is well located to visit places like Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Florence and Rome (from the A1).

In Fabro Scalo is a railway station where every day regional trains pass by from Rome Termini to Florence Santa Maria Novella. Easy connections to visit Orvieto, Florence, Rome, Castiglione del Lago and Cortona.

Fabro Umbria

Fabro

Orvieto Umbria

Orvieto Duomo

Restaurants

Il Felcino farm
Address: Vocabolo Felcino 24, Salci, Città della Pieve (PG)
A rustic and typical restaurant in the countryside of Città della Pieve, close to Fabro. The food is organic with great meat and homemade pasta’s (gnocchi and ravioli).

Il Felcino Restaurant

homemade pasta

Il Felcino Restaurant

cured meat and cheese

Pizzeria Mennula di Ciro Baiardi
Address: Piazzale Stazione 2, Fabro (TR)
They make good pizza. This pizzeria is close to the railway station.

Walking and biking trail

In Fabro Scalo at the foothill of Fabro, I discovered a beautiful walking and biking trail in the Umbrian countryside. The total distance is 19 km. The trail starts at the pizzeria Mennula di Ciro Baiardi where you can park your car for free. During the walk you’ll enjoy the views and nature.

When walking this trail it is important to take lunch and drinks with you, especially when it is warm. There is no bar or restaurant along the way. Tip: start early in the morning.

Start at Piazzale Stazione, 2 in Fabro Scalo (not far from the railway station). After the walk the pizza was delicious here.

Garmin Connect Course Fabro

Agriturismo Allerona

Allerona is a small town close to Fabro. Between the two villages, at 10 kms from Fabro, we rent two wonderful holiday apartments: Agriturismo Allerona. A cosy agriturismo with two apartments and swimming pool with amazing views over an uncontaminated landscape. This location is ideal for (mountain)biking and hiking lovers! At the farm biological olives are produced as well as different kinds of grane, no chemicals are being used, it is all traditional crops.

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Agriturismo with 2 apartments

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Swimming pool with terrace

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Agriturismo Allerona in the distance

Interview

Would you like to get to know the owners of Agriturismo Allerona? Watch this interview Saskia from Villa in Umbria had with Eugenio and his wife (owners). What makes this area so special? Where is a good and typical restaurant? Discover the beauty of this area and its wonderful people.