Our Italy: Recommendations for Wine, Events, Restaurants, Places to Stay

Grapes at the Blasi Vineyard

    Traveling to Friuli? Great Wine, Food, Mountains and People. Bring your bike.

-A beach in Puglia more your style? Can you keep a secret? Go to the Gargano.

–Or a gorgeous, rocky beach with outstanding mussels? Go to Monte Conero in Le Marche

-Umbrian Wines and Vineyards:

Enologica Montefalco Festa:  an amazing annual tasting event of local releases showcasing wines specifically of the Montefalco/Bevagna region.  If you are here in September, this is an event not to be missed!  Read more…

Barrels Cantina Blasi Bottling machine

 Montefalco Sagrantino 2010

Montefalco Sagrantino 2009

Montefalco Sagrantino 2008







Local Umbrian vineyards and wine bars:  There are some very special wines being produced in Umbria today, but you just might have to come visit to be able to taste them, as production is generally small. 

Amerigo at Polidori

Steel Tanks at Blasi

Azienda Agricola Dionigi,  Bevagna

Polidori Vineyard,  Umbertide

Blasi Vineyard,  Umbertide

Syrah Wine Bar,  Citta di Castello





Wine lineup




A sagra, or festa is a town festival, and apparently Umbria has more sagre (plural of sagra) than any other region in Italy. I recently read that in Umbria alone, there are 627 sagres being held this year.  For a very small region, that is a lot of festas.  These are just some of the best ones we’ve been to and highly recommend.


Procession begins On my Knees

Trestina Beefsteak Festa (June) 

Sagra del Pesce (Fish Festival), Calzolaro (June) 

Umbria Film Festival, Montone (July)

Umbria Jazz (July & Dec/Jan)

Preggio Opera Festa (July/Aug)

Donazione della Santa Spina Festa, Montone (Aug)

Festa del Bosco '09 Happy Truffle Man more Santa Spina

…more Santa Spina

Montefalco Wine Festa (Sept)

Tresimano Blues (Aug, Oct)

Porta del Verziere Perugia EuroChocolate Festival (Oct)

Pietralunga Potato & Truffle Festival (Oct)

Pietralunga Festa (Oct)

 Dining tent        Festa del Bosco, Montone (Oct)

Morra Chestnut Festival (Oct)

 Monte Santa Maria Tiberina (Oct)



Extraordinary Restaurants:

Cocktail to my lips    Locanda Gambero Rosso

Locanda al Gambero Rosso, Bagno di S. Piero

more about LGR

and more about LGR


Le Loggia Ristorante,  Citta di Castello

Shrimp ravioli  

Triangolo Pizzeria, Pietralunga

and more about Triangolo


Redibis Ristorante, Bevagna


Spirito Divino, Montefalco

Ristorante San Giorgio, Umbertide


I Sette Consoli, Orvieto

Il Saraghino, Numana, Le Marche



Places to Stay:

Hotel Fortebraccio, Montone

Montone Due, Montone

Belle Vacanze (apts in Montone)

Il Convento, Umbertide



Local Artisanal Cheese Producers:

Francesco and his Cheese  

  Brent (Valle di Mezzo)

Francesco Monni: Sheep cheese producer

Valle di Mezzo: Goat cheese producer

Fracesco Monni's sheep