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I had, until recently, been living under the false assumption that Gubbio was the town of crazy people in Umbria. That is what I had been told, and I believed it. Until yesterday, that is.

Because yesterday I discovered that Spoleto is home to Umbria’s insane.

There are a number of well-preserved Roman monuments and sites–and lots of ruins requiring a bit of imagination to piece back together–which, for Roman history buffs, is always a thrill to visit. Spoleto’s Roman Theater is one of the few still in use!

Nothing brings out the kid in you like a visit to a chocolate factory. And given that I’m a big believer in the restorative properties of an occasional date with my inner child, the Perugina chocolate factory and museum outside of Perugia is one of my favorite places to visit.

Need a certificate to show you’re not playing with a full deck? Head to Gubbio…

If you want to combine some easy to intermediate walks and hikes with winery visits and tastings in Umbria, Assisi is a good place to start.

Putting wine in a context wider than a goblet.

Sometimes the best pairings with wine are wheels…

Any conversation about Umbria and her wines must necessarily begin at the very heart of this region, both geographically and historically, which is to say at Sagrantino.

Norcia. Words cannot describe. But perhaps a few photos can…

The thing about magic is that when you go looking for it, it doesn’t show. And then, when you’ve let your guard down, it sneaks up on you in the most unexpected places. Like this remote Franciscan monastery outside Narni.

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Via Costa di Trex, 31 | 06081 Assisi (PG) | Italy

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