Having enjoyed Tuscany so much we decided to holiday in Umbria specifically Spoleto. We flew into Rome and then drove up to Umbria. This is not as scary as it sounds if you are used to driving in UK cities and busy motorways such as M62, M1 or M25. The airport leads straight out onto the motorway then it is interesting landscape all the way.
Spoleto was around a 2hr drive, we were staying at Wallace’s Arthouse. Wallace is the most entertaining person, he is a textile designer for Pringle and welcomes you as a friend to stay in his home Wallace’s Arthouse – a rather grand tower in the center of Spoleto. The views from his living room are fantastic.
Breakfast was served intimately in the kitchen – with Wallace bustling around making fresh coffee. All the interior of the house is great, I was a particular fan of the coffee cup lights and the living room cum gallery. In the evening he had many recommendations to eat, our favourite being the restaurant of the mad or Osteria del matto to give its Italian name, which is just off the square with the fountain. Here you have no choice or menu. A series of dishes created from the best produce in the market that day are cooked for you. We sat outside underneath the romantic vines at a shared table – divine.
Would definitely get this book appetite for Umbria before going – Wallace had a copy and we based a few days out around it – including a memorable trip to a river for fresh trout stuffed with truffles. Which reminds me everything in Umbria is about Truffles.
On the same square with the fountain is a very old grocery store, piled high with cured meats, cheeses and if you are lucky fresh truffles (black summer truffles which are a lot cheaper than white truffles). He packed some truffles in some oil for us to take back to England as gourmet presents for lucky friends.
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