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Truffle hunting in Umbria

posted by on October 10th, 2017

Truffle Hunting in Umbria is an ancient tradition and the quality truffles in this territory is famous throughout the world. If you are a fan of truffles, you will surely know that the wooded hills of Umbria are an ideal habitat for many kinds of high quality truffles. Today we will try to learn more about these underground and exquisite mushrooms!

Truffle in Umbria: what varieties?
The Nero pregiato, known also as Truffle of Norcia or Spoleto, grows up from November to March and is spread along the territories boarding the Nera river and the mountains around Spoleto and Trevi. These truffles are quite small, their bark is black and wrinkled and the pulp is black-violet. Once picked, the black truffles are divided into several categories depending on the quality and size and their price will vary accordingly (from 350 to 800 Euros per Kg). Among the truffles of Umbria, these are the most famous and appreciated, for their intense aroma and the particular flavour that persists, indeed it is exalted, when cooked.
Tartufo Bianco, which is usually cultivated in Piedmont region, is indeed also present in Umbria and is picked up from October to December. This variety is very rare and valuable and can be recognized by its round shape, the whitish yellow colour and the colour of the pulp, ranging from hazelnut to dark brown with reddish streaks. It is considered a real delicacy and can be priced up to 4.000 Euros per kg, but its scent is unforgettable and its particular flavour is preserved only if served raw.
Scorzone and Bianchetto are less valuable than the previous two varieties, but yet very common and used in the preparation of sauces. The Scorzone is characterized by a less intense scent and is available in summer and autumn seasons, while the Bianchetto is recognized for its small size and reddish colour and is available from January to April. These two “little brothers” have significantly lower prices, ranging from 100 to 250 Euros per Kq.

Truffle Hunting Tour!
The collection of truffles in Umbria is allowed all year around except for May and September: truffles can only be picked when they are ripe, otherwise they will have no scent. The concierge team at Home in Italy will be pleased to help you in organizing a memorable experience of a truffle hunting tour!
Join an expert truffle hunter and his dogs on his daily search for precious truffles before having a lunch of truffle-based dishes. You will see the truffle hunting dogs in action and learn about the history of truffle hunting in Umbria. This experience will bring you back to tradition and will will make your day absolutely special!

Admiring Giotto, Perugino and other Italian art treasures in Perugia

posted by on May 23rd, 2017

From 11th April to 15th September 2017, Vittorio Sgarbi, curator of the exhibition, presents a real temporal museum display entitled “From Giotto to Morandi. Art Treasures of Italian Foundations and Banks “. The exhibition is hosted in Palazzo Baldeschi, a historic building of extraordinary beauty in Perugia.

Visitors will feel as though they were going through the gates of a large national museum, such as visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

It is a large patrimony, belonging to banks and foundations, which collects paintings of exceptional value, showing the historical and cultural features of the different territories of the Italian peninsula from the ‘300s until the’ 900s, despite the variety of its composition.

This particular activity of collection represents an aspect of the more comprehensive cultural commitment of Banks and Foundations in a wider framework of activity and commitment to the community: purchase, recovery, restoration, and thus protection and enhancement of art works that would otherwise be dispersed.
The exhibition in Perugia takes into account the evolution of styles and provides an extensive overview of the subjects chosen by the artists. It ranges from the sacred theme to the allegorical and mythological representations, from the genre of the portrait to the ones of landscape and still life.
An appointment not to be missed if you are in Perugia or in Umbria for a weekly vacation.
For information on stays in Umbria please visit: http://www.homeinitaly.com/luxury-villas-umbria.php


posted by on May 5th, 2017

For none stop family fun and a holiday you won’t forget, visit Sicily this summer

With the sun warming things up and the summer school holidays fast approaching attentions are turning to jetting away for some family fun. Sicily offers great child-friendly activities and attractions: families can visit the live Volcano, Mount Etna, step back in time with historic day visits or head to one of the region’s beautiful beaches.

Looking for inspiration? We’ve pulled together our top suggestions for getting out and about and making the most of your time in Sicily:

The Great Outdoors

1. Soak up your surroundings with Sicily Bike Routes
Enjoy Sicily’s beautiful landscape with one of the many guided bike tours from Sicily Bike Routes’. Explore rural villages and soak up the atmosphere as you peddle past olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards. Offering a chance to discover the real Sicily, excursions range from half-day to a full-day and the tours are suitable for all the family.

2. Discover Mount Etna by donkey trekking
Children and their big kid parents will thoroughly enjoy this day out. Donkey trekking offers a novel way to explore the stunning landscape of Mount Etna, its ancient wood and panoramic ridges. The Donkey’s calm and patient character make them perfect for child interaction and this activity will make for a memorable day.

3. Take to the trees at Monti Rossi Adventure Park
Children will love spending time at the Monti Rossi Adventure Park. Challenging their inner Tarzan, kids can zip-line, climb nets and swing on ropes from platform to platform until their hearts’ content. Smaller children are catered for with easier routes and even parents can join their bigger kids on the more challenging routes.

4. Marvel at Marsala’s Salt Pans
This fascinating day out sees children marvel at the enormous mounds of salt lying in the sun. The salt pans sit between Trapani and Marsala on the west coast of Sicily and the area is also famous for its windmills. Families can take a boat trip across to the island of Mothya for a wander around the remains of this old Phoenician town… play hide and seek or settle down for a yummy picnic, the island has beautiful spots to choose from.

Family Friendly Attractions

1. Splash the day away at EtnaLand
This adventure park at the foot of Mount Etna offers fun for everyone. With the infamous volcano as a backdrop, kids and their parents can enjoy white knuckle rides in the theme park or splish splash their way around the waterpark. From adrenaline pumping amusement rides to river rafting and wave pools, you’ll hear no complaints of ‘I’m bored’.

2. Embrace wildlife at Bioparco Di Sicilia
Conservation, training, education and environmental awareness are at the core of this park and it offers families so much more than the standard zoo experience. Children can learn about the ecology of over 57 species and can even learn about the Jurassic period at the dinosaur park. Kids can discover a fantastic collection of life-sized prehistoric beasts, ranging from the T-Rex to the Triceratops.

3. Embrace Sicily’s Puppetry tradition
Generations of Sicilian children have enjoyed the art of puppetry, its pomp and splendour excites crowds of all ages. Sicilian puppet shows involve exquisitely-clothed knights and kings duelling in stunningly orchestrated scenes and the theatre Piccolo Teatro dei Pupi offers one of the best shows in town. Surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Ortigia Island in Syracuse, this traditional puppet theatre is a family-run establishment where imaginations run wild.

Beach Fun

Once you’ve exhausted the kids with day trips and excursions, head to the beach for a lovely lazy day soaking up the sun and enjoying the sand. Our pick of the best Sicilian beaches are:

1. Spiaggia di Cefalù – a beautiful long sandy beach that sits east of Palermo, it is perfect for family fun in the sun.

2. Ustica, Palermo Region – Water-loving families with older children or teenagers can snorkel and dive to their heart’s content on this island just off Palermo.

3. Scala dei Turchi – Near Agrigento, this beach offers shallow waters and so is perfect for families with younger children that want to paddle all day.

4. Grotta del Bue Marino, Filicudi – slightly further afield, this grotto can be reached by boat. Once their families can explore the natural wonder of this sea cave.

Sicily is generally recognised as a safe destination, children are always seen running around the small town squares and playing together, but one word of warning is to watch out for the scooters that zip in and out. The squares are strictly speaking pedestrian areas but this is sometimes overlooked by locals. Family life is also highly valued in Sicily with babies adored and children of all ages welcomed. The region has fantastic accommodation options for families with villas offering a perfect home from home. Check out some of our luxury villa recommendations:


Colonia is a luxury villa with private swimming pool located in the Trapani area. Surrounded by charming towns crying out to be explored, the villa is also close to several archaeological sites including the impressive temple of Segesta, the island of Mozia, the natural reserve of Zingaro and the stunning Marsala salt pans.


Situated on the island of Favignana, villa Isolana is surrounded by natural beauty. Crystalline waters, a quaint fishing village, excellent traditional Sicilian cuisine and friendly locals enchant visitors. The perfect setting for complete relaxation, this villa offers everything guests need for a home from home experience.


Teti is a villa of exceptional beauty, set in a quiet residential area it sits in an idyllic position, right on the beach of Fontane Bianche, a lovely seaside village just a few kilometres from Siracusa. The private beach of Teti is made of smooth rocks with creeks that form small natural pools; the sea is clear and blue. Beyond the sea, the villa offers a lovely swimming pool with hydro massage corner and many outdoor areas for outdoor dining or to simply relax and unwind.

If you’re keen to check out more villa options in Sicily visit: www.homeinitaly.com.


posted by on April 18th, 2017

The nuragic complex in Barumini is one of the largest and well preserved nuragic compounds, therefore it is the most important archeological site of Sardinia. Barumini is the name of the village where it is located in the central-south region of Sardinia.
Known as UNESCO World Heritage Site, “Su Nuraxi di Barumini” is the most complete nuragic site and at the same time it features an innovative and creative use of materials and techniques that were available to the prehistoric community.

The village of Barumini with its nuraghe “Su Nuraxi” shows that this territory has been inhabited since the Bronze Age (from 2300 to 700 B.C.).

The nuraghes used to serve as defensive turrets with the shape of a cone trunk, made by large dry stones, and equipped with internal rooms. The nuraghe in the village of Barumini is fenced in and surrounded by smaller towers interconnected by massive walls.

The village was composed by small circular houses, located around these main buildings. Besides, it is possible to find other spaces destined to specific domestic or ritual activities. The huts of the nuragic village date back to the VII-VI centuries B.C., when the territory was under the Punic and Roman rule.

Instead, the external wall curtain is even more ancient and implies the establishment of other populations during the Iron Age (between the ninth and the eighth century B.C.). This curtain is itself an adjustment to a front wall (i.e. a wall of first defense) incorporating the oldest part of the village which dates back to the Bronze Age, between the centuries XI and X B.C..

The peculiarity of Barumini is that you can visit not only a simple watchtower, even if particularly ancient, but you can also take a stroll through the remains of an entire village dating back to thousands of years ago.
The excavations carried out in 2015 have brought to light the foundations of one of the huts that was previously unknown along with the remains of sacrifices and rites involving the killing of animals. In particular, the bones of two small pigs were uncovered together with mussels’ valves, goats’ remains, pottery and charcoal fragments.

Barumini’s site is known throughout the world thanks to the excavations carried out in the 1950s by Giovanni Lilliu, an internationally renowned archaeologist who has discovered the nuragic site. These excavations have brought to the forefront the extraordinary nuragic civilization of the Mediterranean.

For those staying at villa Fenice in Villasimius, Barumini is 110 km far (about 1 hour 50 minutes).

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