The Valnerina, Umbria 30th Sep – 8th Oct 2017
Umbria 30 sett – 4 ott 2017
The destination of the Holiday 2017 was the Valnerina in the Umbria region, famous for its medieval and renaissance towns, its Saints and as all Italian regions for its unique gastronomy, truffles, salame of Norcia, Castelluccio lentils, local wines and olive oil stand out.
With a group of 20 Society Members we stayed at the Agriturismo “La Fonte Antica” near Norcia and the Sibillini Natural Park.
The Agriturismo is managed by Giovanni whom with his mum, sister and brother offer traditional fare prepared with local produce in a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Every room is tastefully furnished with old and antique pieces and there are views of the valley below. Large rooms on the ground floor recall a past as a horse changing inn on an ancient path through the Appennini Mountains.
Our guide Daniela (http://www.tastingtravel.it/) introduced us to the local history past and present. Let’s remember that just over a year ago in October 2016 the area was at the epicentre of a terrible earthquake that sees many still without a home, ancient buildings and churches destroyed and the economy struggling.
Daniela took us to the towns of Roccaporena and Cascia where Saint Rita was born and lived at the end of the 14th century during the wars of the Guelphs and Ghibellins. We also went to Bevagna and Montefalco, two evocative medieval towns crossed by the ancient Via Flaminia built by the Romans to connect Rome with Ravenna and the Adriatic Sea.
Here we visited the remains of an Roman Amphiteatre that became the foundations of a medieval palace of a rich merchant. Not far from Montefalco, we went for wine tasting of the local Grechetto, Rosso di Montefalco and Sagrantino Passito.
The final day was spent in Spoleto, one of Umbria most charming towns and in Trevi where we visited a Olive Oil mill.