Tuscany & Umbria Blog

The Gorgacce Rentals blog has lots of useful information for the visitor to the Tuscany Umbria border, Italy. Use the category search to find specific articles on towns, art, restaurants, itineraries, activities, food and wine.

Towns In Tuscany & Umbria

Larger towns include Perugia, Arezzo, Siena and Florence. The many smaller towns you could visit include Cortona, Montepuciano, Assisi, Gubbio, Citta di Castello, Sansepolcro, Spoleto, Montefalco, Bevagna and Spello.

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The Tempietto del Clitunno

The Tempietto del Clitunno
Tempietto del Clitunno The Tempietto del Clitunno is about a kilometre from the Fonti del Clitunno, it is a small, early Christian church built from recycled Roman materials. The Tempietto del Clitunno, Umbria, Italy Church Or Pagan Temple? It's appearance led many to believe that it wasRead more

The Fonti del Clitunno

The Fonti del Clitunno in Umbria
The Fonti Del Clitunno, Umbria, The Green Heart Of Italy Today we went to visit the famous Fonti del Clitunno, natural springs that have inspired poets since Roman times. In the 19th Century the springs were the inspiration for the line, "Umbria, green heart of Italy" thatRead more

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011 Release

Wine tasting at the release of 2011 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Last week I went to the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano to try the latest release of Vino Nobile, the town's famous red wine. There were around forty wineries at the event and most had brought several wines including whites. Wine tasting at theRead more

Santa Croce, Florence

The facade of Santa Croce in Florence
Santa Croce In Florence On our visit to Florence last week we visited the huge Franciscan church of Santa Croce, a short walk to the east from the centre. Several famous Tuscans are buried here, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante. The facade of Santa Croce in FlorenceRead more

Around The Duomo in Florence

The dome of Florence's Duomo
The Duomo In Florence When you visit Florence as we did this week, you cannot avoid seeing the Duomo and you will almost certainly walk past it, even if it is not on your list of things to do. Cathedrals took hundreds of years to build and whenRead more

Lunch at Trattoria Gozzi

Dining at Trattoria Gozzi, San Lorenzo, Florence
Trattoria Gozzi, San Lorenzo, Florence Yesterday we went to Florence to meet up with some friends. The time we could spend in this beautiful city was limited, so we didn't do very much other than eat lunch at Trattori Gozzi in Piazza San Lorenzo and visit theRead more


The facade of Spoleto Duomo in Umbria. Italy
Spoleto, A Town In Umbria Spoleto is a town in southern Umbria that dates back to Roman times and became the capital of an independent Lombard duchy in the middle ages. Today it is also famous for the Spoleto Festival, an arts festival held every summer withRead more

Monte Tezio Walk

A view from Monte Tezio
Monte Tezio In Umbria Monte Tezio is a mountain just to the north of Perugia, The capital of Umbria. The top of the mountain is very wide and rounded, once you are at the top it is relatively easy and you can enjoy views from several places.Read more