Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Every day in the newspaper, or on television we still see images and interviews with journalists, politicians and locals about the earthquake on 24 August. Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto are destroyed. Also buildings in Norcia, Umbria have been damaged. Many people who survived the earthquake live now in tents, but will soon move to hotels and institutions before winter sets in.

In many restaurants in Italy, and in Umbria, you can order a pasta “Amatriciana”. Amatriciana is a typical pasta-dish originally from the village Amatrice based on tomatoes, pecorino, guanciale (cured pork cheek), white wine, onion and peperoncino. Amatriciana is prepared with spaghetti or also penne (short pasta).

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On Sunday October 2, 2016 I participated in the half marathon of Foligno, Umbria. We started and finished in the centre of Foligno, and in between ran through the wonderful Umbrian countryside around Foligno. The trail is flat and also ideal for walking or biking.

Course: Garmin Connect – Foligno half marathon

This race is every year on the last day of the event I Primi d’Italia. I Primi d’Italia is a popular food festival that focuses on “primi piatti” (polenta, rice, pasta and soup). During this event many top chefs all over Italy come over for food tastings, cooking demonstrations and cooking courses. It attracts a lot of visitors. Have a look at our blog about I Primi D’Italia.

I finished the race at midday and I hunkered for a good pasta. I decided to go to the “Villaggio della Amatriciana” for a Pasta Amatriciana. At the festival there were about 13 “food villages” for tastings. I could also go to the “Villaggio del Riso” or the “Villaggio della Polenta” but I felt that a little contribution for the rebuilding of the earthquake area’s was appropriate. I decided to spend my money for charity, for Amatrice!

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The Pasta Amatriciana I had was delicious, I ran in the half marathon of Foligno, and gave my humble contribution for charity! I returned home satisfied.

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

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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.

Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

January 6, Epiphany is an important holiday in Italy. It is the day that the Three Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Traditionally it is the Befana who brings sweets and gifts to children in Italy on January 6th.

That morning I had a training with my friends in Chiusi, Tuscany. During the Christmas holidays I only ran three times, hardly worth mentioning, so it was about time to have a proper training. This time we went for a run of 15 km.

This is the running – walking trail.

The weather was rainy and windy. Some trails were wet and slippery. It was more a cross country run, than a normal training. In summer trails are easy to walk, but in winter you need to put on your rain boots to pass these slippery trails :). The running trail was from Chiusi centre to the lake and back. I stopped a couple of times to take some pictures.

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Along the road we saw an Etruscan tomb “Tomba del Colle” dated 475 – 450 B.C. Chiusi used to be an Etruscan city. They discovered many more tombs which are very interesting to visit. Unfortunately the tomb was closed. The tourist office in Chiusi has the information regarding opening hours.
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From Umbria, Chiusi is easy to reach, especially when you stay in the Trasimeno area or at Città della Pieve. Chiusi is a nice Etruscan city where you can find good restaurants and bars.

-post by Sylvia van der Male-