Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer.

Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for new holiday rentals. Last week we were invited by Massimo and Roberta for a visit to their cosy and modern villa in Spello. Massimo comes originally from Rome and Roberta is born in Foligno. They live on the property in their own separate house, and re-styled the villa they used to live in. We really loved the house! Also the swimming pool is particular with its black colour. From the garden and the upstairs windows you have a beautiful view towards Assisi and Spello. The house is set in the valley below Spello. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the villa. The house sleeps 6+1 people. There’s a car park and flat garden with barbecue.

This villa has in ideal position to explore Umbria. Visiting places like Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spoleto is easy to do. There also is a cycle path nearby connecting Spoleto and Assisi.

We will soon add this villa to our website, this is just a preview. You’ll like it.

Roberta and Massimo are very kind and they hope to welcome you in Umbria. Already interested? Ask us!




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.

Il Torrione Umbria Il Torrione Umbria

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.

Il Torrione Umbria

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

Il Torrione Umbria

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

Il Torrione Umbria

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.

Il Torrione Umbria

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.

Il Torrione Umbria
Il Torrione Umbria

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.

La Vigna apartments La Vigna apartments

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

Orvieto Umbria

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.