NEW PECORINO

An explosion of the senses……….

This morning one of my neighbours who thankfully still farms in the time honoured fashion of traditional animal husbandry tumbled down the dirt road in his Apetto, those wonderous three wheel vehicles so evocative of rural Italy.

An ancient farm, lovingly tended, chickens and geese wandering freely, both summer and winter vegetable gardens, and best of all a small flock of sheep all resplendent with Shakespearean names wandering freely in organic pastures on the hillsides under the ancient olive trees.

Milking is still done by hand, and the milk becomes not only the lightest ricotta, perfect on its own or in a fluffy baked ricotta cake, but also one of the finest cheeses in the world – Pecorino, eaten fresh or ‘stagionato’ mature, perfect for grating over hand cut pasta or simply on its own with local honey.  My neighbour learnt his  cheese making skills from a Sardinian shepherd so the cheese is good, real good, and this morning in celebration of the Pecorino I opened a bottle of Sagrantino di Montefalco and in the heat of the late morning sun we sat and I got to taste the new season Pecorino – fragrant, soft, yet at the same time crumbly, delicate, moist, utterly scrumptious.

It was just a wee taste, I am so spoilt,  and fortunately  I have twisted said farmer’s arm and a limited amount of said Pecorino will be on the table for breakfast here for you guys staying here this spring at Bellaugello Gay Guest House.

Connectivity – Getting to BELLAUGELLO just gets easier

 OUR LOCAL AIRPORT AT PERUGIA which it is a mere 40 minutes drive to Bellaugello Gay Guest House has recently announced through Ryanair their new flight schedules commencing onwards from 28 March 2012

Perugia San Egidio airport has recently undergone a facelift and now has a smart new terminal building, and enlarged apron, so will be offering increasingly more flight destinations, yet it remains small and intimate, the kind of airport that is just nice to fly in and out of.

In addition to the existing flights to Milan Malpensa service offered by Carpetair,  and the Brussels Charleroi service, Ryanair has exciting developments, now with flights to its hub at Bergamo (Milano).  So for you guys coming from Scandanavia, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands and the rest of the north of Europe it is now much easier to reach us from your local budget airport, to Milan Bergamo and then connect onward direct to Perugia.

For those of you with a two centre holiday in mind Ryanair have Perugia flights to and from  Cagliari in SardiniaTrapani in Sicily and Barcelona Girona – perfect for a few days on the beach at Sitges and sightseeing Barcelona, and lazing and relaxing at Bellaugello Gay B&B in the delightful Umbrian countryside.

For you guys from northern England and Ireland, Perugia is now even easier to reach via Girona.

If you cannot find a good connection you should also check out Ancona Falconara airport, it is just over one hours’ drive away from Bellaugello Gay accommodation and has several direct connections including a new one from Stockholm.

looking at this post maybe it would have been better in list format, but outdoors the sun is shining not a cloud in the sky and my garden awaits!