Trevi is an ancient town in Umbria, Italy, on the lower flank of Monte Serano overlooking the wide plain of the Clitunno river system.
Considered “the green heart of Italy,” Umbria is rich with agriculture, olive oil making, and verdant forests. We travel to Bevagna to visit Medieval workshops there. These studios make products using only the techniques and methods employed during the Middle Ages. We visited Assisi, the town that is best known for the legacy of Saint Francis and his followers, who practiced humility and compassion in the face of poverty. The 13th-century Basilica erected in St. Francis’s memory is an UNESCO World Heritage Site with frescoes painted by master artists like Giotto.
We traveled to the heart of the Apennines to experience A Day in the Life of an Umbrian mountain village. Traditional Italian ways of life that have endured for generations in these mountain villages, and locals here still grow crops, tend sheep, and gather truffles and mushrooms from the surrounding natural birch forests. We set off aboard 4-wheel-drive vehicles and meet up with some local truffle hunters and their dogs. We all then set off into the woods on foot and discover if the truffle-hunting skills of the dogs can uncover any of the precious fungus. Collecting our finds on a mountain top, our hosts cooked scrambled eggs with grated truffles for us to have with their local red wine.
We stopped in the village of Bomarzo, home to a Renaissance-era garden also known as “Parco dei Mostri,” or Park of the Monsters. Begun in 1552, the garden features a series of bizarre and fascinating stone sculptures meant to shock, including a giant screaming face.