Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Like every year around this time, the Giro d’Italia is going through Italy. On Tuesday May 16, 2017 is the 10th round of the Giro, a hilly trail in Umbria starting in Foligno. The first cyclist will start at 1:00 pm in Foligno next to the Duomo, and the last cyclist will finish in Montefalco at 5:15 pm, just outside the city walls. Before arriving in Montefalco the cyclists pass by Bevagna, a beautiful medieval village.

During the Giro d’Italia Montefalco is coloured pink wherever you look. Even the wine bottles outside are pink. Pink is the most important colour of the Giro d’Italia. Various activities are being organised, such as wine tasting, performances, DJ’s, and theme dinners in taverns to celebrate the Giro d’Italia. It is a lively atmosphere already before the arrival of the bicycle caravan.

The locals and the region Umbria itself pay a lot of attention to this event. More information about the Giro d’Italia you can get at the local tourist information or download the program from the website.

Federico II is a restaurant and bar in the centre of Montefalco. The owner of the restaurant is Roberta. She told me that Montefalco will be crowded the coming days. Federico II is an ideal place for an appetizer, pizza, pasta or meat dishes. They serve good wines, like the famous Sagrantino wine. I had a wonderful lunch with gnocchi al Sagrantino and a glass of Sagrantino wine đŸ™‚ Outstanding!

Roberta also is the owner of A Montefalco, a residence with apartments and swimming pool. It is at only 10 minutes walking from the historical centre of Montefalco. Roberta and her family own a number of restaurants and bars in Montefalco and in Foligno. This family is a real Umbrian family offering hospitality to their guests and showing them Umbria the way they have always known it.

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 | 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 MinimetrĂ². The MinimetrĂ² 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.

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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 MinimetrĂ² is Pincetto, which brings you to the city centre.

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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 MinimetrĂ².

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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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