Rocca Di Pierle Walk 2016

A Panoramic View From Monte Ginezzo On The Rocca di Pierle Walk With Lake Trasimeno In The Distance.
Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border At the beginning of June 2016 I took some friends on a couple of walks from my book, Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border (available for download from Amazon). Val di Pierle If you live at the western endRead more

Sunflowers From The Drone

Sunflowers In The Niccone Valley The Sunflower fields are out in bloom once more in the Niccone Valley. This beautiful valley has an ideal climate for growing tobacco and lots of farmhouses have small towers where the leaves were once dried. Tobacco is still grown but sunflowersRead more

Aerial Photos Of Preggio

An aerial view of the hill top village of Preggio in Umbria
Aerial Photos Of Preggio I took these photos of Preggio in the Niccone Valley last autumn but haven't got around to posting them on the blog until now. Preggio is at over 600 metres altitude and has outstanding views over the surrounding countryside and Lake Trasimeno. It'sRead more

Niccone Valley

The Niccone Valley Many of our rental villas in the beautiful Niccone Valley on the Tuscany Umbria border, Italy. It's a great place to have a holiday, there is a combination of stunning landscapes, ruined castles, vineyards and olive groves. The Niccone Valley Lake Trasimeno Lake Trasimeno isRead more

A Night Out At Trattoria Nonna Gelsa

Dining at Nonna Gelsa, a trattoria in Umbria, Italy
Trattoria Nonna Gelsa A couple of weeks ago we went to an excellent local trattoria called Nonna Gelsa to celebrate Emma's birthday. Trattoria Nonna Gelsa is in the village of Niccone and is run by Chiara and her family. The trattoria specialises in high quality local dishesRead more

Aerial Photos of The Rocca di Pierle

Rocca di Pierle seen from above
The Rocca di Pierle lies at the western end of the Niccone Valley. It is just in Tuscany and controlled the pass that lead towards Cortona and the Val di Chiana. In danger of collapsing, the remaining tower has been supported by a scaffold surround which doesn't addRead more