Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria is the green heart of Italy and these green hills, the climate and the soil are excellent for making good wines. Abroad Umbrian wines are less known, which is a shame because the wines of this region are of high quality. In Umbria the Etruscans made wine two thousand years ago, but also the Romans in the 3rd century b.C. appreciated the wines.

Pucciarella vineyards

Merlot grapes

The most famous Umbrian wine is the white Orvieto, the Orvieto DOC and the Orvieto Classico DOC. The most interesting Umbrian red wines come from Torgiano and Montefalco. The founder of the Torgiano wines is the Lungarotti family. The red wine from Torgiano is mostly made of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes.

In the Trasimeno area is cultivated the lesser known Gamay grape. Within a short distance from Perugia, Assisi and Cortona is the estate “azienda agricola Pucciarella” (300 m above sea level). From its hills one can see as far as Torgiano to one side and Lake Trasimeno to the other side. The vineyards of Pucciarella measure 80 hectares.

Winery Pucciarella

Azienda Agricola Pucciarella

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At Pucciarella different kinds of grapes are harvested, such as Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sangiovese. They produce a characteristic Brut Spumante made by 100% Chardonnay grapes:”Chardonnay in purezza”, as well as a Brut Rosé of 100% Pinot nero grapes which is an elegant wine and very suitable for appetizers.

Pucciarella white wine

Colli del Trasimeno Bianco Scelto DOC

The red and white wines of Pucciarella are of high quality. The red wine Colli del Trasimeno DOC is made from only Cabernet grapes without any use of sulphites. This is quite exceptional. The wine gives an intense aroma of forest fruits, plums and spices. A harmonious wine good to combine with with pasta meals, red meat and old sheep cheese.

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Colli del Trasimeno Cabernet DOC

Pucciarella produces elegant wines thanks to the combination of exposure, soil characteristics, altitude and the low yield per vine. The wines have great character and are an excellent expression of the Umbrian terroir.

Cantina Pucciarella is opened daily. You can visit the winery without reservation and taste different kinds of wine. A nice experience and worth a visit when you are in Umbria.

Pucciarella vineyards

Umbria Blog | Restaurant Pizzeria La Serra

Everybody knows “pizza”. Maybe it is the most famous Italian dish in the world. Italians themselves love eating pizza. On every corner of the street you can get a slice, a “pizza al taglio”. The toppings on the pizza vary from fish to meat, from fresh fruit to only vegetables.

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La Serra is a restaurant-pizzeria outside the city centre of Perugia. La Serra literally means greenhouse. It used to be a greenhouse: nowadays the restaurant has a long and narrow structure and is very large serving many guests. At the entrance are large craft beer brewers, though they do not seem to be in use. The restaurant does serve some special beers, though.

Often the restaurant is crowded with mainly local people. La Serra is not known by tourists because of its location outside the historical centre of Perugia. It is close to the football stadion.

Coming here for the first time you’ll be surprised by the size of the pizza. One pizza takes two plates to serve! It is hard to imagine finishing this mega pizza, but no worries. Within minutes you’ll finish the first half. It is a very thin pizza and not difficult to digest. You’ll love it!

The menu of the mega pizza is variable. On the placemat menu is a list of the “Super Mega Pizza Speciale”. But the menu also offers classics like the Pizza Margherita or the Pizza 4 Formaggi. For children there is a “baby pizza” which has the normal pizza size. If you don’t feel like having a mega pizza, the restaurant also offers good pasta and meat dishes.

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If you really can’t get to the end of your pizza, you can ask a take away pizza box. Don’t hesitate to ask for a box, many people do!

Address :
Pizzeria La Serra
Viale dell’Ingegniera 35, 06125 Perugia
Tel. +39(0)75-5058672

Buon appetito!

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Umbria Blog | Perugia in a wheelchair

I visited Perugia with my parents and since my father has problems walking, he needs to use a wheelchair when going out for some sightseeing. It is not always evident whether it is easy to visit sights in a wheelchair, especially if you do not know the area but Perugia’s old city centre is quite accessible in a wheelchair.

To arrive in the city centre of Perugia, you can take the Minimetrò. The Minimetrò is wheelchair accessible. The metro starts at terminal Pian di Massimo. This terminal is adjacent to the football stadium of Perugia. To get there by car is quite easy. From the highway (raccordo) A1 Siena – Perugia you take the exit “Madonna Alta” and you follow the signs for “Stadio”.

From the free parking it is easy to reach the terminal, even by wheelchair. There are stairs and a small slope upwards which take you to the station. Before taking the metro you can buy the tickets at the bar in front of the entrance, or at the ticket machine. A single ticket costs 1.50 Euro.

Minimetrò Perugia

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Minimetrò Perugia

Every 5 minutes there is a small metro leaving to the historical centre. In the metro itself there is plenty of room for your wheelchair. The final station of the Minimetrò is Pincetto, which brings you to the city centre.

Minimetrò Pincetto

Once you arrive at Pincetto you use the wheelchair exit. Pedestrians take the escalator to reach the center. Wheelchair users or people with strollers take the elevator. The elevator is on your right hand side behind the Minimetrò.

Perugia Umbria Minimetrò

The wheelchair can easily get into the elevator. Uphill is another small slope upwards which brings you to Piazza Matteoti.

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With your wheelchair it is advisable to stay on the main street in the centre of Perugia. From Piazza Matteotti you can reach the Piazza IV November, the square with the famous fountain. From there you can visit shops or have a coffee or lunch in one of the café’s in Perugia. The Rocca Paolina is at the other site of the city, which also is reachable for disabled people. From there you have wonderful views over the Umbrian countryside.

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As you can see, it is possible to visit Perugia in a wheelchair, speaking from experience. It is recommended having someone with you who helps you pushing the wheelchair. Perugia’s antique city centre is quite flat but it makes it much easier if somebody is with you to assist, like I did with my father.

My father appreciated the visit to Perugia. We have also been in Assisi, Rome and Florence.

Villa in Umbria rents wheelchair friendly apartments and villas. We have experience with wheelchair users who have booked a holiday with us. You can ask us, we are happy to help you to find a suitable wheelchair friendly location.

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