5 reasons why you should see Umbria’s amazing spring

Spring is a sign of regeneration and nowhere is that more evident than in Italy’s central province of Umbria. The wisteria’s vibrancy sends the bees into a frenzy of activity, the iris’ delicate white blossoms bump up against the woody grape vines and trees ripe with spring growth; the season’s unfolding is something to behold.

Umbria is beautiful all year round, but spring may just its peak. The following photo essay was drawn from the area around Civitella del Lago, a small village above a ‘lake’ formed by a dam on the river Tiber.  The town is located in between Todi and Perugia, in central Umbria.

Here are some reasons to see Umbria in the spring….

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The Tuscany That Will Inspire You

Tuscany has been an inspiration for centuries.  Its great city-state of the 14th century, Florence, gave birth to the Renaissance which in turn inspired the humanistic philosophy of the modern era. Travel in a leisurely discovery of the small towns of the region, such as Montrechi, pictured above, or spend the perfect afternoon at La Foce, near Pienza.  Hopefully, this brief picture tour, a smattering of the region, serves as an inspiration for you to add Tuscany to your bucket list, or revisit this special place.  Continue reading “The Tuscany That Will Inspire You”

How to Spend a Perfect Tuscan Afternoon

Head to the gardens of La Foce, a 15th Century estate in Tuscany’s  Val d’Orcia, nestled among the ancient hill towns near Siena.  The hilly terrain falls into a rolling landscape demarcated by lines of towering cypress trees; ancient olive groves and a puzzle of terraced vineyards create a checkerboard of bounty. La Foce is a tour de force of gardening, brilliantly melding the agrarian terrain with masterful landscape design. But first, of course, there’s lunch…… Continue reading “How to Spend a Perfect Tuscan Afternoon”