I T I N E R A R Y
DAY 1: Assisi
DAY 2: Norcia & Castelluccio
DAY 3: Orvieto
In late July, I attended the wedding of two very good friends in Italy. This was my first time in Italy so TK and I decided to make it into a 2 week road trip. We started the trip up North in Lake Como where the beautiful wedding was held, made our way further up to the jaw dropping Dolomites (Italian Alps), then several days in Florence, and finally south to Umbria. Rather than traverse the well traveled roads of Tuscany during peak tourism season, this time around we decided instead to go to neighboring Umbria, a region that is not as well known and thus not as developed for tourism. There is a certain rawness that harkens back to the agricultural past of Italy. Medieval towns dot the region, rising up in all their splendor atop ancient hills, while all around green and gold farmland stretch as far as the eye can see. While we were there the the whole of Europe was going through a dramatic heat wave, so everywhere you looked there seemed to be a golden haze clinging to the landscape adding to the mystery of the place. It is here that I am starting my posts for Italy.
Along with this post, I shot and wrote a piece for food and travel magazine, SAVEUR. I spent an unforgettable morning with the farmers of Norcia and Castelluccio. We were introduced to the black banded pig of Norcia and got the chance to try some of the legendary pig charcuterie of this town. We then joined a little festival the farmers were having to celebrate the first successful lentil harvest since the town was devastated by an earthquake in late 2016. Situated at over 1452 m above sea level on a little hill within the folds of the Sibillini Mountains, Castelluccio is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. The lentils that are grown here are, in my opinion, the absolute best in the world. They are even better than the French puy lentils that everyone loves. I am so excited to share this piece with you. Head over here to read the article!
Plains of Castelluccio di Norcia
The deep greens of the Umbrian countryside
This photo, one of my favorites of the trip, was taken in the Cathedral of a town called Todi that we briefly stopped in.
I’m so glad I turned around away from the interior of the church to see the sunlight angling down the carved door at just the right spot.
The open door served as a perfect frame for the palazzo across the square.