The next time you are looking at a map of Italy , muove your eyes to just About the center of the boot until you come in Umbria , the region knowns as the “Green Hearth of Italy 💚” and the hearth of the matter of …. part of my life .. :a collection of easy , a reserch of location , a list of place where to stay , armchair travelogue, healthy , personal memories-.
I love this region, is bordered on the west by its more famous neighbour, Tuscany, on the east by the region of the Marche , and on the south by the region of Lazio. I love it for the simplelifestyle , for the genuineness of the people, for its healthy rustic food, for its quietude, for the business and sanctity of the land, and for the spiritual connections one feels with Umbria’s most famouscitizens citizens, heroes with halos: saints Francis, Clare, Benedict and Jacopone.
Umbria’s is called the 💚 of Italy not just because it is geographically the most centrally located region of the boot but because it is literally covered in the green- green pastures,lush6carpet lush carpeted valley, thickly wooded forest, and expansive mountain areas. Even the name of Umbria, meaning shade, helps to definite landscape characteristics. It is an artist’sdelight: its undulating hills balance densely clustered and timeworm stone houses. Its wispy grasses move in the wind across meadows like ocean waves, and neat boundless of hay that resemble jelly rolls dot fertile valleys.
Mist rising like incense gently glides over the valleys shrouding tiny churches and majestic cathedrals. And evening light casts a soothing rosy glow that truly calms the soul.
The earliest Umbrians were farming community that arrived in the eight century b.c. and were later followed by the Etruscans , of whom we know very little, and then by the Romans. By the thirteen century most of Umbria was a bunch of small , independent city- states that were under the rule of the Pope. Centuries have come and gone , and yet the pastoral nature of these singular communities is much the same today and reflected in the customs and in a cuisine often dubbed Cucina-Povera-, or poor cooking, meaning simple, rustic cooking with minimal ingredients and preparation , and using the local products of grain s , olive oil, vegetables and herbs.
My interest in Umbria goes back to the lately 1980s, after my Dad died. Even if I were in Umbria several other times with my parents or in a school trip journey in those years I was looking for a place to escape from my frenetic and chaotic life of Rome.
Graduated and employees in a merchant government bank with a succesful carrier ahead , and a …. relationship , I was looking for a place where stay and regenerate myself. A place to restore to restyle to rebuild to find a the simplicity and the real things.