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  • Although cooking in Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is resolutely regional, the high proportion of foreign students and visitors means that there is more than a nod to international tastes. The presence of so many students helps keep restaurant prices down and can make the mood more informal.

    Along with Umbrian barbecued or roast meats, freshwater fish from nearby Lake Trasimeno may also be on the menu. The proximity of Norcia, famed for its Umbrian charcuterie, means that cold cuts are to the fore as antipasti, from mortadella to capocollo salami.  As in Tuscany, Chianina cattle are prized so the succulent meat features strongly, as does wild boar, venison and spit-roasted porchetta.

    Given that this is `the green heart of Italy,’ local cuisine makes full use of truffles, wild beet, wild asparagus and wild mushrooms, along with sought-after Umbrian olive oil, herbs and legumes. Spelt from Spoleto, lentils and black truffles from Norcia, beans from Foligno and saffron from Citta del Pieve find their way into savoury dishes. As in Tuscany, seasonality is key, with asparagus risotto signalling spring but truffled pasta more common in autumn. Try the speciality breads, a refreshing change from Tuscan blandness. Umbrian bread is far more varied and ranges from brustengo, oil-fried bread with bacon or rosemary, to pan caciato, made with pecorino cheese and walnuts. Umbrian wines are far less known than their Tuscan rivals but mostly deliver in terms of variety and value.

  • Al Mangiar Bene

    Set just off bustling Corso Vannucci, this inviting, well-priced inn delivers on all fronts. With its vaulted brick ceilings and friendly mood, it feels like a genuine Slow Food citadel, which it is. The produce is sourced in Umbria or Tuscany, with the name of each cheese-maker and cattle-producer listed. From juicy steaks to herb tarts, truffled pasta and pizzas, the traditional menu is pretty faultless.

    Address: Via della Luna 21, 06122 Perugia
    Web: www.almangiarbene.it

  • Antica Trattoria San Lorenzo

    This romantic, upmarket restaurant offers more than candlelight and sweet nothings. On the menu is creative regional cuisine, from chestnut risotto to dishes made with Norcia black truffle, or a seafood tasting menu. Wine-pairing is available on request, with suggestions from the charming sommelier.

    Address: Piazza Dante 19A, 06122 Perugia
    Web: www.anticatrattoriasanlorenzo.com

  • La Bottega del Vino

    This cosy, quirky, welcoming wine bar does decent, good-value food, well-matched to regional and classic Italian wines. Typical dishes include home-made pasta, including with smoked duck. The liveliness and laidback mood compensate for service sometimes being a bit slapdash.

    Address: Via del Sole 1, 06122 Perugia

  • La Locanda del Cardinale (Assisi)

    Decorated in what Italians call an elegant-rustic style, this vaulted, frescoed, fine-dining restaurant lives upto its billing and prices. The tasting menu might include such dishes as Jerusalem artichoke soup, mushroom risotto and pork belly. Glass floors reveal the remains of a Roman domus.

    Address: Piazza del Vescovado 8, 06081 Assisi
    Web: www.lalocandadelcardinale.com

  • Ristorante Nicolao (Gubbio)

    Set in a 17th-century monastery, the look is that classic Italian blend of heritage with a sophisticated sheen. mixing old stone, exposed beams, oak tables and contemporary art. This fine-dining spot serves beautifully presented seasonal cuisine, with both creative and Umbrian options.

    Address: Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini, via Tifernate 06024 Gubbio
    Web: www.parkhotelaicappuccini.it

  • Alcatraz (Gubbio)

    Put the world to rights in this alternative inn, more hippy than hipster. The inn is basic and bohemian in mood but serves traditional, organic food. Tuck into an antipasti buffet, tagliolini with asparagus, beetroot soup or beet-stuffed ravioli. Mains range from steaks to chicken and zucchini kebabs.

    Address: Localita Santa Cristina, 06020 Gubbio
    Web: www.alcatraz.it

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Full-day Chianti visit 3 organic wineries & lunch with a Somm - from FLORENCE

We meet in central Florence at our office, you'll be a little early to check-in and perhaps sip a warm cup of coffee before departing. In a small group of min 4 and max 20 we will head out in a comfortable coach and visit 3 wonderful family owned, high quality organic wineries in Chianti where we will be welcomed at each place to taste delightful wines (mainly Chianti Classico & Super Tuscans), enjoying private visits at each place. You will learn lots from your friendly English speaking wine expert guide, taste at least 12 different wines during the day (generous pours) & enjoy an organic farm-to-table lunch to really take in the Tuscan flavors. Did we mention the views? Each winery is in a stunning location surrounded by grapevines, olive groves, cypress lined lanes and endless Tuscan rolling hills. This is a great tour for wine lovers but also amateurs who are curious to learn more or simply want to enjoy a great day out from Florence in the dazzling wine country.

from $183.35

Dome Climbing Tour with Italian Breakfast in the oldest café in Florence

See the entire city from a single point by climbing to the top of Florence's Dome. Join a guided tour with local expert guides to discover the structure's full history and to make it unforgettable enjoy your breakfast in Italian way,  before your tour begins or after the tour at your convenience from the oldest café in Florence.

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Private food tour Tuscany&Umbria regions day trip from Rome

Take this day trip from Rome to explore two of the most appreciated Italy's regions and their own renowned local products; wine, olive oil and food. You travel through the beautiful Italian countryside and can enjoy spectacular views around Valdorcia in Tuscany and lake Trasimeno in Umbria region. The best of Tuscany and Umbria at the same time. You can sample the most popular italian wines such as Brunello of Montalcino, the extra - vergin olive oil from Trasimeno area and the famous prosciutto Cinta Senese with pecorino cheese from Pienza.

from $241.80

Full day MTB rental

Leave Florence by bike and start your adventure heading out of town: oilive oil groves, enchanted countryside views and wineries awaits your visit!
You can ride a lot in a day and we are happy to give you the best suggestions for your day out of crowds.
There are also some gravel ways around Florence, please ask for them if you are looking for some rocky ways

from $28.65