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All the area around Corciano is a wonderful place to experience, see and taste. The typical flavours of Umbrian cooking are always closely related to the particular locality, and the methods of preparation, ingredients and seasonings therefore vary from place to place.
Umbrian olive oil is amongst the best, thanks to the special climatic conditions of the region which allow the olives to ripen slowly.
The region also produces very high quality wines, and the local soil and climate allow the cultivation of some special vine varieties. However, Umbria’s most prized product is certainly the truffle, whose intense aroma adds a unique touch to many recipes.
Then there are various unusual specialities, some of them associated with the slow food movement, such as the Trasimeno green bean, the black celery of Trevi, the Cannara onion, the famous lentils of Castelluccio and the saffron of Città della Pieve.
Those who enjoy shopping can make some good value purchases at the small local factories producing cashmere articles. One such producer is well-known at a global level, but there are also a number of small workshops. Their products are all interesting, in terms of styling as well as price.
The fine craftsmanship of Umbria offers you an opportunity to buy something which is both beautiful and unique.
The art of making pottery has been handed down over the centuries and is still kept alive thanks to the efforts of skilled craftsmen. Every town has a workshop, producing a style of pottery unique to that particular place. In Deruta, you can visit the regional pottery museum, with displays of objects from mediaeval times to today, and the town’s very distinctive pottery has particularly fine decoration and colouring.
Gubbio specialises in lustre-ware, a style which gives the object a metallic sheen. The town is famous for its “bucchero”, a type of black pottery with Etruscan origins.
Gualdo Tadino, the site of the contemporary pottery museum, is known for its striking “reflexive-style” art pottery.
Finally, Umbria is an ideal destination for those who are searching for places of prayer and meditation. You only need to think of Assisi or of Cascia. For lovers of nature and ecology, Umbria offers many protected areas, such as the Parco della Grotta del Monte Cucco, which contains one of the most extensive karst systems in Italy, or the Parco del Monte Subasio, a spiritual park in the Assisi area.
Trekking and mountain bike routes can be found throughout the region; including those within the natural park of Monte Tezio, right by our Country House.