Umbrian Food and Wine
What can we say about Umbrian cooking, other than that's really excellent. Wherever you might go, village festivals (sagras), simple trattoria's or fine restaurants, you will undoubtedly taste purely simple and delicious products. Products which come mainly from own vegetable gardens and the meat is quite often the meat of the restaurant owner or from one of his friends. Click on the links in the text and you will be immediately redirected to the relevant websites with specific details.
Some typical Umbrian products: extra vergine olive oil, black and white truffle, porcini mushrooms, good quality wines, lentils, saffron from Città della Pieve, pici pasta and a lot of roasted high quality meat. Don't miss the experience of going to a village festival (sagra): any one you might decide to go, from the wild boar festival to the onion one, you will taste for sure typical Umbrian products in their original context.
Umbria is one of the world's best producing regions of extra vergine olive oil. Since no production tastes the same, along one of the many itineraries you will undoubtedly find your own favourite producer.
A separate chapter has to be dedicated to the wine routes, ways to go along by car, motorbike, bike or by foot among the sweet Umbrian hills, with visits to the wine cellars:
Since centuries, one of the most precious Italian vine is cultivated in the nearby of Montefalco: the Sagrantino. Less expensive, but also high quality is the Rosso di Montefalco. 27 footpaths available in the area and many cantina's open for tastings.
5 itineraries winding around Lake Trasimeno, among woods, abbeys and good wine.
Trip within one of the oldest wine territories in Umbria, in between Orvieto and Amelia. You will have to taste one of the most fine white wines: Orvieto Classico.
It leaves without saying that the so close neighbouring province of Siena in Tuscany hosts a couple of the best valued wines in the world: Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino.