Thursday, September 14, 2017

One Glorious Month in Umbria at Casa Boronia

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 again, but this time for one glorious month, complete with a traditional wood burning pizza oven, large private swimming pool and gourmet kitchen. It's too 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 wines from Orvieto, Torgiano and Montefalco, our month in Umbria is guaranteed to be a delicious culinary and cultural journey departing each day from our glorious Casa Boronia.

The front of the villa with outdoor dining area off the kitchen

The terracotta roof and chimneys of the outdoor grill and pizza oven 

Stocked with locally sourced wood to fire the pizza oven and outdoor grill, Pizza Margaritas and Steak Fiorentina are within our grasp each evening

The outdoor dining area outside the wine cellar overlooking the swimming pool

The beautiful outdoor pool is absolute heaven on hot afternoons

My little piece of paradise

Although there has been a drought this year, the olives are lusciously plump and green 

View of of the villa from the back

Sitting area with wood burning stone fireplace

The wonderful kitchen with marble top island, perfect for rolling pasta and kneading pizza dough

The front of the house basks the last of the setting sun, the perfect place for enjoying a glass of prosecco and antipasti 

Sweet Mantua cantaloupe and Bolsena prosciutto

A perfect sunset and end to a beautiful day

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