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Tony M

Hi Karen,

I thought I’d let you know about the Umbria trip. It was fabulous. The Agriturismo Camiano Piccolo is comfortable & has enough charm & age to make it a good, old fashioned stay. The family who run it are wonderful, very warm & gracious & helpful. They speak English which makes it easier if you have no Italian. It is 10 minutes walk into Montefalco which is a picturesque hill town, a bit quiet in winter but it would be more lively in warmer months. I had 2 cooking classes at the agriturismo with Giuseppe, who is the chef & one of the owning family. He pretty much runs it. I had another class at a boutique villa hotel in Montefalco, which was also great. They stuck very much to traditional Umbrian food which is flavourful & rustic, but also has lots of truffles. The surrounding towns we visited were quite interesting: Perugia was very mediaeval, Spoleto was charming, Bavagna cute & Norcia interesting (being in the worst earthquake zone). The food at the agriturismo never stopped; 4 courses every night + a jug of wine. The winery visits were good, a mixture of big & small, & when I asked to go to a particular one this was no problem. The 2 guides I had, Cristina & Marco were marvellous; very knowledgeable about the area – its history, food & wine – & with excellent English. It was wonderful being in a group of one, the service excellent. Loved the ceramics in Deruta & bought a few things! Upon reflection, the only criticism I would have is that when you are taken to a town, they could include visits to a couple of the major attractions. I was certainly shown where everything was & important landmarks, but perhaps that could be something that would be nice. The truffle hunt was great & the people who ran that were very interesting; event though my Italian is limited we had a great conversation around the lunch table. All in all, it really is not to be missed!

Best Wishes,

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