Umbria Blog | Markets in Umbria Italy

One of the best places to find fresh fruit in Italy is the local market. There are many street markets in Umbria. Vendors set up shop to sell super fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, fish and cold cuts. Every week in every town or village there’s a local market. The products one finds at the market are various. Not only food, but also clothing and footwear.

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Most open air markets start around 7:30 am and finish at 1:00 pm. It is recommended to go early to the market, especially in high season when market places are crowded with tourists.

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At the lively market residents purchase fresh food of the region. Eating seasonally and locally is a way of life in Italy.

In Umbria at every corner of the market one can buy pecorino cheese, salami or dried ham. Pecorino is sheep cheese which can be eaten fresh or aged (stagionato). Pecorino cheese is popular in Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany.

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On the market square one often finds a bar or a pizza takeway for a coffee and a quick chat with friends and neighbours. This is so tipically Italian!

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Porchetta is roasted pork meat and an Italian street food best found in Umbria, South Tuscany and Lazio. The porchetta trucks are mostly parked in the piazza’s during the weekly markets. The owners of the truck prepare and sell porchetta sandwiches to customers.

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For an overview of markets in Umbria you can check out our website. Many markets in Umbria are really awesome. Do you have a favorite market place in Umbria? Let us know!

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Umbria Blog | White Truffle market in Città di Castello

Each year at the end of October Città di Castello celebrates the white truffle with a market dedicated to this precious delicacy. From October 28 to November 1, 2016 was the 37th edition of this truffle market, Il Tartufo Bianco. One sells not only white truffle from Umbria but also delicacies from other regions in Italy like herbs, Sicilian cannoli, olives from Puglia and much more, often accompanied by local wines.

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Città di Castello is a lovely town, situated 50 km north from Perugia. In the historical center one find tiny streets and a pleasant square with bars and cafés.

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North Umbria is known for its white and black truffle. I find truffle one of the best ingredients in my food, hence I often use truffle for pasta sauce, in risotto or for meat dishes. Truffle sauces are not made with only truffles, but are mixed with different flavors.

Black truffles, and especially white truffles, aren’t cheap. Bruno from Giuliani Tartufi explains us in this video that they sell the best truffles for an attractive price. Feel free to visit their website for more information!

Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

The Italian word for the grape harvest is “vendemmia”. The vendemmia calendar in Umbria and South Tuscany is in late September, early October. In other parts of Italy this may be different, but early to mid fall is the period in Umbria and Tuscany.

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In September we’ve had good weather in Umbria. Antonio, the wine maker and owner of Il Torrione, started with harvesting early October. The reason to start later was to get higher sugar levels and lower acidity in the grapes for a better wine production.

Il Torrione is an agriturismo with apartments, swimming pool, vineyards and olive groves. Il Torrione produces wine (Rosso di Montefalco wine, Sagrantino wine, Passito red/white IGT) and extra vergine olive oil.

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At Il Torrione they all hand pick the grapes. This traditional old method is better for the wine quality than machine-harvesting.

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A hail storm hit late August and unfortunately many grapes were destroyed, but it wasn’t a total loss, fortunately.

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First they harvested the Trebbiano Spoletino. This grape is a typical grape from the area. This white wine has an orange color. How come?

Generally for a white wine it is not necessary to separate the stems from the grape, the fruit is pressed immediately. But this is not the case here. They leave the skin of the grapes in the must.

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The fermentation and maceration of the wine is in stainless steel tanks for about 45 days. After 45 days, the skins will be removed from the juice and the aging in the tanks will be about 6 months. This is the reason why this white wine is “Orange” and not white. This wine is an IGT wine, which means that this particular wine comes from a specific wine producing area.

Il Torrione is a wonderful location among vineyards and olive groves. The three apartments with swimming pool are a small paradise. La Vigna apartments has wonderfuls views over the surrounding olive groves and grape vines. Just picture your self sipping a good glass of Sagrantino wine made by Il Torrione and looking over the green landscape.

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You can book these apartments through Villa in Umbria. Antonio does not live on the property. Devis is the caretaker of La Vigna and Antonio’s right hand. He takes care of the agriturismo and its guests.

La Vigna is a lovely holiday location in the green heart of Italy, Umbria.

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