Umbria Blog | restaurant in Terni “La Piazzetta”

Terni is in the southern part of Umbria. It is the smaller of the two provinces in the region Umbria and a modern, dynamic city, rebuilt after the Second World War.

Terni now is a culinary destination with many trendy bars and restaurants. The busiest area is Via Cavour and Via Roma. Every weekend the streets are filled with people eating and drinking outside.

In Via Cavour is restaurant La Piazzetta, offering local and seasonal cuisine. The menu and wine list change every season. In this restaurant is a good vibe, La Piazzetta has the right atmosphere and ambiance to have a nice lunch or dinner with your family and friends. The food and wine they offer are really outstanding!

Federico is the owner of restaurant La Piazzetta. I have known him for some years now. In 2012 I organized a festival with my friend from Terni, Marco, to promote the region Umbria. Umbriabeecoming was meant to attract more visitors and tourists in Umbria. For the promotion of this region we’ve organized several Umbrian wine tastings and presentations in Holland together with the Italian society Dante Alighieri.

It wasn’t the first time I had dinner at La Piazzetta. The authentic pasta dish “ciriole” with black local truffle remains one of my favorite Umbrian dishes. The home made pasta they serve is excellent and absolutely worth trying.

On the website of Tripadvisor you can read the reviews from restaurant La Piazzetta. This restaurant is really recommended when you’re in Terni!

Umbria Blog | photo exhibition Si Billino!

As most of you know the earthquake on October 30, 2016 caused a lot of damages in Norcia and many surrounding villages in the Sibillini mountains. One of these is Castelluccio di Norcia, a small mountain village at an altitude of 1400m at the foot of the Vettore mountain. At this moment Castelluccio cannot be reached anymore, one hopes to restore the infrastructure before summer.

Many people from this area are now living in temporary shelters, tents, hotels at the Adriatic coast and accommodations along the Trasimeno Lake in Umbria. The Prime Minister has promised that all homes will be restored. But how long will that take?

There is an enormous sense of solidarity among Italians who over the centuries have learned to live with earthquakes. The Italian government has promised millions to rebuild the affected areas.

One of the many initiatives to support the people of the Sibillini area was started by Umbria Lab and is called Si Billino!. Umbria Lab is a cultural association founded by Marco Angeletti and fellow artists and entrepreneurs. They organize initiatives to promote the Umbria region, but they also join events for fund raising. At this moment they raise money for the earthquake victims in collaboration with Ri-Fiorita.

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Si Billino! is a photo exhibition about Castelluccio di Norcia and the Sibillini Mountains. All pictures are taken by Italian photographers and show the wonderful nature of the Sibillini mountains, Castelluccio di Norcia, the Piano Grande and the Pilato Lake, all are impressive landscapes. The photos can be seen until February 3 in the cultural center of Terni, CAOS. Thereafter, the exhibition will be moved to Foligno.

We visited the exhibition in Terni where we also purchased lottery tickets for the project where Si Billino! and Ri-Fiorita stand for: the construction of a clubhouse in San Pellegrino di Norcia where residents can meet and organize all kinds of initiatives for the local population. San Pellegrino di Norcia is a small village 4 km from Norcia.

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Ri-Fiorita is a cooperative set up by Umbria Lab together with four other associations whilst Si Billino! is a project invented by Umbria Lab. “Fiorita” means literally “blooming” referring to the impressive flower fields of Castelluccio di Norcia in the months of June-July. Ri-fiorita means “re-blooming”: the cooperative stimulates all kinds of initiatives to support the communities in the area most hit by the earthquake.

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Si Billino! is a wonderful exhibition, and an honorable initiative at the same time.

Visit the website Sensazioni d’Arte for more information about this project Si Billino! (In Italian).

Corsa all’Anello in Narni

Every year at the beginning of May is the Corsa all’Anello in Narni. It is a medieval festival dating back to 1371 and walking around here, actually feels like going back to the middle ages. A must see when you’re in Umbria in May.

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The three districts, Fraporta, Santa Maria and Mezule compete with each other : their best horseback riders have to throw their lances through a suspended ring. During the evenings there are exhibitions, games, concerts and local taverns open for public. The taverns are very cosy, the locals are dressed in medieval clothes and they serve the best typical food and wine from the area. Besides the three taverns There is a special tavern for only cake and desserts, called “Lo Dolce”. The sweets are all homemade and fresh.

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Besides the Corsa all’Anello, Narni’s underground is a very interesting and fascinating world. Narni Sotterranea is a journey discovering numerous underground tunnels and rooms of the monastery of San Domenico, a Papal inquisition torture chamber and a prison cell. To visit the underground you need to make a reservation in advance for a guided tour.

Terni is only 13 km from Narni. Narni still breaths the atmosphere of old times, however it is a very modern city. It was bombed during world war II and rebuilt after that. The city is associated with Saint Valentine, San Valentino is the Patron Saint of Terni. It also hosts the famous Marmore Falls, la Cascata delle Marmore.

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At a short drive from Narni and Terni is the valley of the River Nera which has an amazing landscape, top gastronomy and is full of traditions. Small villages like Ferentillo, Scheggino and Piediluco are authentic villages in the mountains. In Ferentillo is the famous Mummy museum, maybe a bit scary to visit, but terribly interesting.

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Restaurant tips in Terni

Ristorante Piazzetta in Terni. A family restaurant in Via Cavour 9 in Terni. Haute cuisine and friendly owner.

A volte tre in Terni. A modern and trendy bar in the centre of Terni, Via Francesco Mancini 10 for a “apericena”. Buffet and drinks.


Private villa’s near to Narni (South Umbria)

La Dunarobba
La Dunarobba is a private house with swimming pool and jacuzzi situated in the beautiful green hills between Dunarobba and Avigliano Umbro. Privacy is guaranteed. This villa has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it sleeps 10 people.
We had a wonderful holiday. The location was excellent, the house was as it described on the website, the hospitality of the owners is warm and pleasant, in short: a very good experience.”
La Dunarobba villa in Umbria

Casale Penna
A villa with 4 bedrooms, set in an age old olive grove and part of a working farm. The views are fantastic from the vacation villa and located in a wonderful spot. The villa sleeps 8-12 guests.
Our stay at Casale Penna was great! The house exceeded our expectations.”
Casale Penna


Bed & Breakfast near Narni (South Umbria)

B&B Acquasparta
This Bed & Breakfast has lovely views over the Umbrian countryside. There are three bedrooms divided in two apartments, all ground floor with direct access to the garden and terrace.
It is the most wonderful place, and perfect for our family. The pool was great and set in the most lovely garden, with lots to do for the children.

Bed and Breakfast Acquasparta