Many thanks to two great guys from Livorno for the prosecco apertivio taken on the terrace before we headed in to dinner. Sparkling prosecco, glittering company – as always great guys, a selection of local truffled and ‘drunk’ percorino cheeses and of course bruschetta made with our olive oil, a very Italian start to a […]

Last night I sat in an Umbrian farmhouse and ate bruschetta, the fresh baked bread toasted on the wood burning stove, brushed with farm grown garlic, lightly sprinkled with salt and generously doused in our just pressed olive oil, mmmmmmm…….. However before getting to taste the oil a slow love filled process had occupied many […]

Yesterday heralded a glorious cloudless blue sky and warm sunshine and the final day of the olive harvest here at Bellaugello Gay Guest-House in Umbria, central Italy. The Apennnes glistened bright with a dusting of snow on their summits from the recent snowfall. ┬áThe Chiascio valley filled with birdsong in the golden hued oak trees, […]