Monday, May 16, 2016

La Bella Casa Boronia: Our Home in the Umbrian Hills

Nestled within a lovely old olive grove in the bucolic Umbrian countryside with spectacular views of the scenic hilltowns of Panicale, Piegaro and Citta della Pieve, beautiful Casa Boronia was to be our home away from home for two glorious weeks in the middle of May, complete with a traditional wood burning pizza oven, large private swimming pool and gourmet kitchen. It's easy to fall in love with everything about Umbria — the gorgeous scenery, the traditional Umbrian hill towns, the warmth of its people and of course its wonderful food. Umbrian cuisine is very rustic, often called cucina povera, or peasant cooking, which simply means it is built on traditional dishes created with few ingredients and methods of preparation that rely heavily on local products such as grains, vegetables, fresh herbs, and of course olive oil, Umbria’s liquid gold. One of the most fantastic regions in Italy for food and wine lovers, Umbria is an unspoiled, beautiful part of the country, full of medieval hamlets, stunning cities, artistic treasures and gourmet goldmines. Famed for its black truffles, fabulous extra virgin olive oils, artisanal cured meats and of course wines from Orvieto, Torgiano and Montefalco, our two weeks in Umbria were to be a delicious culinary journey, which we start tomorrow with an early departure to Pienza for it's gastronomic specialty, their famously delicious pecorino cheese. With our early arrival in Rome this morning, picking up our car and driving to Casa Boronia, we're exhausted. So until tomorrow — buona notte tutti!

Side view of the villa looking down towards the pool

View up towards the the guest bedroom

French glass door private entrance to the guest bedroom

A lovely brass bed and armoire in the second bedroom for guests

The view over the Umbrian hills from Villa Boronia

Our lovely outdoor pool surrounded by olive trees and glorious views over the lush countryside

A little chilly, the pool was glorious on a hot sunny day

The very handsome woodturning pizza oven embraced by a lush rose garden

With an ample woodpile and dry twigs from the property, a fire was easily coaxed in the pizza oven

The roses were bursting with the blooms and very happy beside the pizza oven

Lemon tree at the front of the villa

A marble dining table just outside the kitchen 

The lush and fragrant Gardenia we bought in Pienza on our first day in Umbria

The spacious living room with wood burning fireplace and double doors that open onto the terrace

The golden hued front terrace as the sun was setting

A beautiful sunset on our first night

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