We are pleased to provide you with a listing of useful and interesting information, about places to visit and activities to enjoy in Umbria, to make your stay just memorable. Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
SPECIAL FOR ICE CREAM FRIENDS
In Todi the Ciucci Bar in front of the opera theater and the Pianegiani Bar on Corso Cavour, many homemade, fruit flavors.
In Montecastello di Vibio (next exit after Todi north on the E-45), right in the piazza, is a great ice cream store with a view of Todi.
BAKERY FARE IN TODI
Todi has a number of pastry shops, from Ciucci to Biganti, just follow your nose. Fresh bread at the bakery behind the Duomo. Typical Todi goodies: serpent cake made of marzipan, with candied eyes, sprinkled with powdered sugar; pizza al formaggio, a cheese flavored bread often shaped like a soufflé or loaf. In Todi, pizza means loaf or cake. Crostata is an open face pie, topped with fruit or jam.
TODI TOURIST OFFICE
Located near the San Fortunato Church. Booklets, maps, books, listings of events in Umbria are available here. Tel:075 8943395 Also Pro Loco 075 8942526 has information about the area.
SUPERMARKETS IN TODI
The COOP is at Porta Romana, just outside Todi's Etruscan walls. Drive around the city walls to Porta Romana, turn right at the traffic light, continue to the sign for the to the COOP on your right.
ORVIETO TOURIST OFFICE
In front of the Duomo, very informative and well organized
HANDICRAFTS IN UMBRIA
OLD WEAPONS: manufactured in Assisi, Città della Pieve, Norcia and Villamagina, Gubbio.
CERAMICS: especially in Deruta, with its very white enamel,and noted for the quick graphic curve of its yellow-gold decorations, the skillful design of the figures.
LINENS: these fabrics are characterized by the original depictions of the Grifo, symbol of the city of Perugia and by the blue, yellow-gold and red renaissance geometric designs.
EMBROIDERY: "Assisi stitch" or "Franciscan stitch" embroidery is sought after for its originality. Also Montefalco boasts a long tradition in embroidery and fabric design
Il Mercato delle Gaite - www.ilmercatodellegaite.com
SPA FACILITIES IN UMBRIA
Terme di Saturnia
Saturnia (GR, Tuscany, about 2 hours drive from TodiCastle Estate)
Terme di Viterbo
Viterbo (Latium, about 1 hour drive from TodiCastle Estate)
Terme San Casciano dei Bagni (Siena, about 2 hours drive from TodiCastle)
SHOPPING IN UMBRIA
Retail designers' outlet stores can be found in Umbria especially for cashemere sweaters and other apparel. The quality of these garments is known worldwide. We suggest you visit our favorite ones, Cucinelli in Solomeo (Perugia) www.brunellocucinelli.it and Maria di Ripabianca in Ripabianca (Ripabianca, Perugia) www.mariadiripabianca.com.
SHOPPING OUTLETS (near Florence)
Prada (i pellettieri d' Italia) Località Levanella SS69 - Montevarchi - Mon to Sat 9.30 - 19.00 - Take A1 towards Firenze - Exit Valdarno then continue on SS69 towards Montevarchi\Levane and località Levanella in the "zona industriale" on the left. The outlet is in the back of the main factory complex.
Gucci, Armani, YSL, Loro Piana, Sergio Rossi, Fendi, Dolce e Gabbana outlet (Mode) Via Aretina 63 Leccio Regello (FI) - Mon to Sat 9 - 18.00
Take A1 towards Firenze - Exit Incisa Valdarno - then continue on SS 69 towards Leccio. Look for a sleek white square building with a sign "CAFE". Outlet is in the same parking facility.
GARDENING IN UMBRIA
You will find some of the most beautiful gardens in Italy in church cloisters. One such special garden is that of the monastery garden of San Francis of Assisi. La Scarzuola in Montegabbione di Orvieto in one of the most beautiful private garden in Umbria.
Orto botanico and Orto Medievale in Perugia
Universita' degli Studi di Perugia
Faculty of Agriculture
Borgo XX Giugno,74
tel. +39 075/5856432
University for foreigners in Perugia: different levels Italian courses, for which diplomas are offered.
The University for Foreigners Perugia is the oldest and most prestigious Italian institution involved in teaching and research activities as well as in the diffusion of the Italian language and civilization. Its story began in 1921 when a lawyer by the name of Astorre Lupattelli, who had dedicated much of his life to the project, set up the first courses in high culture in his home town. His aim was to heighten people's awareness throughout Italy and abroad of the central Italian region of Umbria, to describe its history, its institutions and its natural and artistic history.
Courses are offered year round.
For our clients who would like to study Italian there is also a very good language school in Todi. Here are the details:
The Language Center S.r.l.
Via Mazzini, 18
06059 Todi (Pg) Italy
Fax (+39) 075.8949049
Italy's living arts festival of music, theatre and dance is the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, held over three weeks between mid June and mid July. This festival features world renowned musicians and composers. For additional information www.spoletofestival.it.
Tel. 0039 0743 220 320 Fax 0039 0743 220 321
July 19-29 - Trasimeno Lake area
Trasimeno Blues, www.trasimenoblues.net.
July in Perugia
Umbria Jazz - Perugia July 6-15 - www.umbriajazz.com.
September in Perugia Sagra Musicale Umbra, sacred music in the churches of the city, http://www.perugiamusicaclassica.com/festival.cfm.
Umbria Jazz winter,
December in Orvieto, www.umbriajazz.com.
OLIVE OIL MILLS IN UMBRIA
Olives from Umbria are known for the wonderful olive oil they produce. Should you be here in October or November you might want to visit one of our local olive oil mills.
Here you will find old men participating in an olive oil process that has produced famous olive oil for centuries. The cold press method (two pressings) is used. It is a slow process and one can be hypnotized by the movement of the presses.
We recommend a visit to Montecchio, and the "Museo dell'olio" (olive oil museum), www.oleificiobartolomei.it.
WINE TASTINGS IN UMBRIA
This area is known for its wines. Umbria has rich white wines, deep red wines as well as sweet wines. It is the magic of the vineyards in the Umbrian landscape which produces these wines. Where to go for wine tasting.... jump in on a last minute vacation rentals and explore the wineries ...!:
Montefalco, Antonelli vinyard (0039 0742 347 158), www.antonellisanmarco.it.
Montefalco, Lungarotti, (+39-075-988-661), www.lungarotti.biz.
Orvieto, Decugnano dei Barbi, (+39 0763 308255), www.decugnanodeibarbi.com.
Orvieto, Enoteca regionale in the former convent of San Giovanni (0039 0763 393 529)
Orvieto, Tenuta le Velette (0039 0763 29090), www.levelette.it.
Orvieto, Consorzio Tutela Vino (0039 0763 343 790) has information on visiting local estates
Wines you will find in this area:
Sagrantino di Montefalco
Rocca dei Fabbri
Rubesco di Forgiano
Montepulciano Torre di Giano
Vernaccia di Cannara
Grechetto di Todi
Orvieto: Discover the intricate labyrinth of caves and wells underneath the city of Orvieto, one of the most interesting cities in central Italy. (www.orvietounderground.it)
Todi: Make a visit to the Roman water tanks underneath the Todi Square. You will find this very interesting.
Massa Martana: Christian catacomb (www.comune.massamartana.pg.it)
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
The marriage of art and architecture found in Italy represents the history of both disciplines. Buildings created for spiritual worship were often enhanced by interior frescos.
Early medieval art and architecture can be found in :
Terni - San Salvatore
Ferentillo - San Piero in Valle
Spoleto - Santa Maria della Manna d'Oro, San Pietro, San Salvatore, Cathedral, Sant'Eufemia's Basilica
Bevagna - San Salvatore, San Michele
Foligno - Santa Maria Infraportas, Cathedral (facade)
Spello - Santa Claudia
Perugia - Sant'Angelo
Examples of High Medieval Art and Architecture can be found in:
Perugia - Palazzo dei Priori, Fontana Maggiore
Assisi - Trecento frescos in San Francesco
Gubbio - A throughly medieval city
Renaissance art in the area:
Perugia - San Bernardino, Pinacoteca
Orvieto - Cathedral frescos by Angelico, the Cappella di San Brizio by Luca Signorelli
There are many opportunities for sports enthusiasts to have a wonderful day in Umbria, biking, fishing, riding, sailing, horse or golf. Here are some telephone numbers to assist you in planning your sporting adventure.
DITT - Terni 0039 0744 431 949
Ciclotrekking - Orvieto 0039 0763 301 649
Of course the Estate has several bikes (mountain and regular) available for rental.
Golf Club Perugia Sodi di Santa Sabina
Loc. Santa Sabina, 06074 Ellera-Umbra
Tel: +39 75 517 2204
Advanced booking recommended.
Proof of handicap necessary.
Green Fees E
Terni - Fig 0039 0744 301 948
Rafting Centre Monti Sibillini
C/o Ristorante del Cacciatore
Biselli di Norcia 0039 0742 231 46
Ferentillo, Montefranco, Arrone
Valnerina Verticale Sport 0039 0744 302 451
DITT Terni 0039 0744 431 949
Free Spirit, Ferentillo 0039 0744 388 521
Catch and release:
DITT - Terni
0039 0744 431 949
Hang - gliding
Aeroclub Foligno 0039 0742 670 201
Foligno - Centro Ippico CO.GI.VE
Stables for riding 0039 0742 632 84
In Todi see Sabrina's list
Corciano - Contact Agriturist Umbria
Perugia 0039 075 599 7289
Terni 0039 0744 421 848)
Club Veristico - Castiglion del Lago 0039 075 953 035
Circolo Velico - Piediluco 0039 0744 368 266
Sci Club Trasimeno - Castiglion del Lago 0039 075 965 2836
Scuola Federale Sci Nautica
Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Mar - Oct
0039 075 826 357
DITT - Terni 0039 0744 431 949