Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

The 2nd of June is the “Festa della Repubblica” and is an annual bank holiday in Italy. In 1946 a referendum was held on 2nd and 3rd of June in which people were asked which form of state they wanted after the fall of fascism. Italy became a republic and to this day the 2nd of June is a bank holiday, the “Festa della Repubblica”.

Many events are organized to celebrate the republic such as sagra’s, wine tastings, sport events and much more.

Buffet Montepulciano Run

Every year at the Lago di Montepulciano in Tuscany and close to Castiglione del Lago in Umbria, is a 13 km run around the lake. This run is quite intense because you run up and down the hills almost all the way. The trail is beautiful across hiking paths with breathtaking views, “mozzafiato”. You pass characteristic cypresses, beautiful vineyards and a few country houses where you’d wish to live now and then.

At the finish there is a wine and dinner party for all participants. Not only runners are involved, but also children take part, there is a nordic walking track and a trail for participants that like to walk with their dog.

At the finish there isn’t just fruit, but also salami, crostini, pecorino cheese, pasta, croissants and much more. Wine, beer, energy drinks and ice tea, you name it and they have it. The winner of the race got a bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The runners who won the 2nd and 3rd place got a ham or salami sausage.

Buffet Montepulciano Run

Buffet Montepulciano Run

It was a beautiful and sunny day where togetherness and sport came together.

Link Garmin Connect Track Lago di Montepulciano 12 km

Montepulciano Run

Umbria Blog | Agriturismo il Mulino

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.

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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.

Mercato Gaite Bevagna

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.

A good restaurant in Montone, Umbria

Montone maintains a typical medieval atmosfere. This wonderful hilltop village in the North of Umbria must be one of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. From its ancient walls one can admire the green surroundings and wonderful nature. Montone is a small peace of heaven and for those who love walking, food and culture, this village is the place to be. Montone is 100% Umbria guaranteed.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Umbria

Close to Montone we rent elegant holiday houses with swimming pool and tennis court: Montone Rental. On a Sunday afternoon I decided to have lunch in Montone and Filippo, the owner of the property, suggested to eat in this typical Umbrian restaurant in the historical centre: Osteria dei Sensi – Tipico Montone. The regional products they offer are of high quality and the service is fantastic.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

I had a friendly welcome by the waitress. Inside the restaurant the atmosphere and decor are cosy and lovely. One finds a large selection of Umbrian wines, olive oils, different kinds of honey and a dried ham of Norcia ready to be cut in slices with a sharp knife. Very typical!

In general the Umbrian cuisine is similar everywhere, but still you will never eat the same pasta dish. The menu differs and a good cook is able to give its own flavour.

Paolo, the owner of this restaurant, helped me through the menu and brought me two different kinds of Umbrian olive oil to taste. He is 100% “umbro” and he explained each typical dish. It was not easy to make a decision but I always prefer to eat the daily dishes recommended by the chef, rather then choose from the menu myself.

As a starter I chose the Chianina carpaccio, and as main dish the bringoli with wild asperges from the area. Bringoli is a local pasta from North Umbria, comparable with thick spaghetti.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

A good glass of red Umbrian wine was the best choice to combine with the meat and pasta. The wine came from Montefalco, it was a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and an other type of grape from which I have forgotten the name. Very good!

The taste of the Chianina carpaccio was delicate, it melted in my mouth. The Chianina cow is typical from this area: Lake Trasimeno, Cortona, Montepulciano and North Umbria. The dressing was pure, only with salt, peper and Umbrian olive oil, the “Moraiolo”, which I love most. The pasta instead was cooked al dente and the asparagus sauce was delightful.

A very good choice in Montone; I enjoyed the dishes I ordered and the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant when you’re in Umbria.

To share this wonderful experience with our guests in Umbria, the owner Paolo is delighted to welcome you with a free glass of typical Umbrian spumante. During your lunch or dinner Paolo will be your host. What should you do? Make a reservation directly with Paolo by calling him on his mobile phone +393383608754 or by sending him an email: osteria@tipicomontone.it. He speaks English. Just let him know that you’re our guest.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Enjoy the Umbrian cuisine at restaurant “Osteria dei Sensi”.

Tipico Osteria dei Sensi Umbria

Montone Rental, holiday rental near Montone: Elegantly furnished holiday apartments with tennis court and swimming pool close to the medieval village Montone. The views are breathtaking.

“We had a great week in Montone. The apartment is nice, wonderful garden and the owners (Filippo and parents) are friendly and helpful”.

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