Last summer we visited Alessandro from Il Mulino holiday apartments for new pictures and a short interview. Alessandro is the owner of this estate and together with his brother they run a farm.
The spacious apartments share a swimming pool amidst vineyards and olive groves. There also is a paddle pool for the smallest children. Il Mulino is very centrally located, between Bastardo and the wine village of Montefalco.
We asked Alessandro why people should come to his place for a holiday in Umbria. He also recommends an enoteca in the historical centre of Montefalco: L’Alchimista in Montefalco. Curious why you should eat there? Watch this:
In the second half of June there is the Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna, at a stone’s throw from Il Mulino. An evocation of medieval times and a real Italian experience. We’ve already written a blog about this wonderful feast.
From Il Mulino one can also start some bike tours in the area. The hills aren’t too steep making it possible also for the somewhat less experienced to make a bike tour.
Il Mulino is centrally located in Umbria and it has an ideal position to explore the green region of Umbria. Assisi, Spello, Perugia, but also Foligno and Trevi are all interesting places and easy to reach.
Already looking forward to your next summer holiday in 2017? Alessandro offers a 5% discount if you book one of his holiday apartments before the 31st of December 2016.
Last year I’ve met some families from Belgium who stay in Montone, Umbria @ Montone Rental. It is one of their favorite holiday destinations in Italy. This agriturismo has a total of 5 rental units with shared pool, barbecue and tennis court.
In August 2015 we went together for a wine tasting in Montepulciano where we drank a few glasses of quality wines before eating at the sagra in a small village close to Montepulciano, Tuscany. A wonderful experience.
On a Wednesday during their holiday they always come to Castiglione del Lago for the local market and for some fishing along the lake. Also this time I’ve made a reservation for them at the restaurant Le Scalette. In this restaurant especially the local fish cuisine is delicious!
It is a real family restaurant “Le Scalette”. The mamma is the chef cook and the son and daughter in law do the rest at the restaurant. When you’re around don’t forget to pass by for a lunch or dinner. Really recommended!
The owners of Le Scalette are from Castiglione del Lago. They are more than friendly. They told me that Le Scalette was mentioned in one of most important restaurant guides of the world: Routard. I can’t remember the edition, 2015 or 2016, but this guide is comparable with the Michelin guide for restaurants.
The owners of restaurant Le Scalette
Address of restaurant Le Scalette:
Osteria Le Scalette
Via XXV Aprile, 24
Castiglione del Lago (Perugia)
My Belgian friends enjoyed their holiday in Umbria, and I enjoyed meeting them in Castiglione del Lago for the second time. One year has passed by… already!
Watch this interview with Steven about Umbria, Villa in Umbria and Montone Rental. During their holiday they went to Gubbio, Assisi but also to Fano at the Adriatic coast. As you can see, there is so much to explore in and around Umbria!
On Good Friday I assisted the local cake designer when she made the traditional Umbrian Easter bread. This tasty bread which is mixed with cheese is typically eaten on Easter Sunday with raw ham, salami and (blessed!) eggs.
I had a great time assisting Katia behind her lovely little shop where she makes the most wonderful cakes and pastries. If you come to Umbria and have something to celebrate, this is the address for a festive cake!
The tradition of the Umbrian Easter bread goes back for more then a century and was seen as a delicacy. It is made with quite a few ingredients that at the time most people could not afford. Hence why this was made only for a special occasion like Easter. On Saturday streets would be filled with its delicious smell and at Easter itself people enjoyed this special treat.
To this day the tradition is kept alive and people also give this bread as a present. Our neighbour already came by and gave us a still luke warm Easter bread.
I found a recipe in English, so if you would like to try this Umbrian delicacy go ahead and check out the recipe at Italian Food Forever.
Happy Easter to all of you!