Saturday 13 September 2014


From Lake Como the route south bypasses Milano on the network of motorways running through northern Italy's industrial heartland. Past Parma, Modena and just beyond Bologna, almost on the east coast, we turned west into the centre of Italy - now hilly and green with ochre villages - heading for Perugia and beyond.

By mid afternoon there was a view of a slice of Umbrian hillside from a bedroom window in a house surrounded by olive groves.

The sunflowers are drooping and finished by now, in mid-September

but the hillsides and vineyards are deep green from Italy's rainy summer that has done wine production no good.

Vineyards at Tenuta Castelbuono winery, producers of Montefalco Rosso and Sagrantino wines

Avenue of cypresses at the Fattoria Colsanto in the Montefalco DOC

And the sun's shining in the little walled Roman town of Bevagna in Umbria's wine producing region

Simple good food at a taverna in Bevagna: panzanella, truffle omelette, gnocchi with Sagrantino wine sauce.


  1. Karen, these views of Umbria are calling to me. Why is it that I have yet to visit such a beautiful part of our world? Thank you so much for allowing me to indulge my travel lust.

    Sad to learn about the rain and the vineyards, though.

    Your photography is spectacular! xo

  2. This is truly MY country. I love Italy above any other country for it's amazing beauty, but then maybe I am prejudiced as my grandfather was from the area you are showing today. Absolutely stunning photography also. xx's my friend


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