Saturday, January 16th • 10:00am ET Live from Italy!!! Umbria and Valnerina, Cascia, Norcia, Castelluccio and More. With Anne Robichaud. Organized by Casa Belvedere. Register Here. Do you know what a "norcineria" offers? Ever tasted the famous “lost beans” of the Valnerina? Ever heard of Preci and a curiosity that makes it famous? Let’s warm up our...

THE TEMPLE OF MINERVA IN the town of Assisi, in Umbria, appears to be a perfectly preserved example of a Roman temple from the outside, but inside is home to a Catholic church. The Roman building was named during the 1st-century BCE, probably as part of the town’s forum. The structure is a typical Roman temple with six tall Corinthians columns supp...

Trumpets will sound on Monday evening in Gubbio on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception, as the world’s largest Christmas tree display once again comes to life. The attraction, which takes up an entire mountainside in the medieval Italian town, is 2,100 feet tall and more than 1,000 feet wide. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis flipped the switch i...

Over the Christmas season the Umbrian town of Assisi will project images of Giotto's Nativity frescoes onto the façade of the Basilica of S. Francesco, each evening from 6 December. Titled Il Natale di Francesco (The Christmas of Francis), the project will beam Giotto's Nativity scenes onto the exterior of the basilica dedicated to Italy's patron s...

Each year people 'adopt' a light from the world-famous Christmas tree display in central Italy. The 'world's largest Christmas tree' is lit up each year on the slopes of Monte Ingino, overlooking the mediaeval town of Gubbio in Italy's central Umbria region. To mark the festive season, the town illuminates its magical Christmas tree with more than...

Beyond Italy’s famous art cities like Rome, Florence and Naples there’s a rich tapestry of smaller towns and villages to discover and enjoy at a slower and more traditional pace. The association I Borghi più belli d’Italia, “Italy’s Most Beautiful Towns”, was created specifically to protect and promote them. Small towns with a population of up to 1...

Here we go again on our trip around the Italian dialects. This time we are in the core of Italy, region of central and southern Italy that is not by the sea but has beautiful rolling hills. We are in Umbria, more specifically Perugia, a city famous for its Eurochocolate Festival, its art, and amazing Etruscan architecture. As all the other regions,...

Ev Thomas never planned to become a winemaker. But love drew him to Italy, and there he found an old vineyard. The tale of serendipity behind Umbria’s boutique Terramante winery involves an American bootstrapping it in Europe with his Italian bride and a lot of backbreaking work—made even more dramatic by the protagonist’s age. Thomas is now 70 and...

Thursday, November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm edt. Organized by Casa Belvedere. Register Here. With religious roots as old as the dawn of modern civilization, Italy teems with churches central to the identities of cities that built them. Naturally, visitors flock to St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice and Florence’s Duomo which defined Italian Renaiss...

Who can resist truffles? Not me! Risotto with truffle is a classic first course, easy and quick to prepare, a dish that will certainly impress your guest. The simplicity of the ingredients is enhanced by the flavor of truffle. This is something you can prepare for a special meal with friends and family. Like most authentic Italian recipes it’s dece...