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Located East of Tuscany and north of Rome, Umbria is a gem not yet discovered by mass tourism. Populated with lush chestnut groves and elm forests, castles and fortresses, this region’s fairytale scenery has served as inspiration to many well-known artists. Our villas in Umbria are located in small, enchanting towns dotted across the verdant landscape.
Stay in a villa in Perugia, a medieval hill-town where the Umbrian style of painting originated, which can be seen in the works of Raphael. Indulge in the delicious Baci chocolates for which Perugia is famous, and if you visit in the fall, be sure to attend the annual chocolate and jazz festivals.
If you choose to stay in Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, Italy’s patron saint and favorite mystic, you'll be surrounded by incredible art, architecture, and medieval ruins. Don't miss the basilica, built in honor of St. Francis and decorated by some of the greatest artists in the early Renaissance era.
In Umbria, the food is fresh and simple, but richly flavorful, with a repertoire of dishes based on family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. While restaurants in Umbria range from casual to legant, there is one thing they have in common: robust, decadent flavor; the addition of local black truffles and chilies give even a simple pasta dish or risotto an unexpected flare. So whether you're new to the culinary arts or a full-fledged connoisseur, dishes at these restaurants are sure to surprise your palate.
Osteria dell'Enoteca: This restaurant occupies the space of a former Spoleto 12th-century tavern, offering a truly unique dining atmosphere with high stone ceilings and dark wooden benches. Patrons can pair traditional dishes, like the truffle omelette and strangozzi alla spoletina, or shoelace pasta in a tomato, garlic, and chili sauce, with a glass of wine from the rows of bottles that line the walls.
Apollinaire: Apollinaire is where Umbrian tradition meets California-style cuisine. Innovative options like squid-ink pasta with crayfish and pesto and rabbit in black olive sauce are very different from the ordinary dishes in this region. The menu changes seasonally and is vegetarian-friendly. Brick walls, flickering candlelight, and low wood-beamed ceilings create a quaint and highly intimate ambience, making this an ideal spot for a romantic dinner.
Ristorante degli Abeti: There's nothing light about the fare at this eatery, so leave your diet at home. Red meat and cream sauces are the stars in this menu of rich dishes, such as pappardelle con cinghiale e tartufo (pasta with wild boar and truffles) and prosciutto di cinghiale (ham with wild boar).
Osteria dell'Angelo: Considered by many local food writers to be one of the best restaurants in Umbria, this elegant trattoria has gained popularity in recent years, and with good reason: Your meal is being prepared by the winner of the 2000 "Chef to Watch" competition. Save room for the banana soufflé with a rum-and-cream sauce, or the lightly spiced biscuits – perfect for dunking in sweet dessert wine.
Restaurant Fiorfiore: Olive oil, vegetables, cheese, truffles and other ingredients at Restaurant Fiorfiore are exclusively cultivated in the Roccafiore estate. Even the cold meats are cured from the ancient Cinta Senese breed reared on the Roccafiore Farm. Their attention to quality has garnered them praise from the Michelin Guide, Gambero Rosso, Ristoranti d'Italia and other prestigious food guides. In the summer, opt to sit on the panoramic terrace overlooking Todi.
Ristorante Zeppelin: Traditional jazz music transports guests back to the 1920s at this inviting, unusual Umbrian restaurant. A range of fare, from traditional selections to vegetarian options and even kid-friendly choices make this a great spot for family dining. If you're looking to pick up some cooking skills from the pros, you can even take lessons at the restaurant.