One of the best reasons I have for this trip back to Umbria is to work alongside my friend and mentor in all things wine and food, Valter Chiabolotti. You met Valter earlier this year on the blog and, on this trip, ci stiamo dando da fare to bring you the chance to live like a local in Umbria. And on that there’s more to come. Soon….
Intanto one of all the Umbria experiences we’ve shared in these last three weeks, my personal favourite would have to be our visit to the country house not too far out of Perugia of Valter’s cousin Giulietta and her husband Carlo. A classic casa colonica which the family, and especially Giulietta, has rearranged and restored with that unfailing Italian flair for getting the mood just right. Ne troppo ne troppo poco. The house would hold its own and more on the pages of World of Interiors. Anzi. And I was enchanted.
The morning sun was perfect. Guilietta showed us around. Valter knows the house of course. The family have their celebrations here. Easter, Christmas. We saw each and every room. One more charming that the next. But the kitchen was my favourite. Handmade Giulietta told us by a young local craftsman from Sicily. With a back door looking straight out to a garden straight out to a beautiful fig tree, a garden and an orto straight out of Frances Mayes. Only better.