Exploring Umbria through Art

Legendary festivals, a world-renowned university, charming hilltop villages, immaculate ancient strongholds, unsurpassed bucolic beauty. This is Umbria. Most visit the region for its natural wonders – the gently rolling emerald hills in springtime, summer fields ladened with sunflowers, autumn’s bountiful olive and grape harvest and the Apennines shrouded in winter snow. It’s no wonder many […]

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Ceramic Tradition in Deruta, Umbria

Umbria is known as Italy’s fertile cuore verde (green heart). The region’s natural wealth is cheerfully interwoven with incredible art offerings which permeate throughout the territory. It’s no wonder that the rich clay soil, verdant woodlands and plentiful water sources sculpted the ancient ceramic traditions of terracotta and maiolica. Showrooms and workshops throughout the charming […]

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Syncopated in Umbria with Umbria Jazz

Umbria is synonymous with melody and jazz, a fact some might find slightly off beat with its rich cultural history that takes us from the epic Etruscan civilisation and medieval monasteries to Renaissance masters and Baci kisses in the early 20th century. But music fans know that the region is a symphony of music festivals, […]

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Capturing the moment at Fondazione Burri

Palazzo-Albizzini-sala-IX-Città-di-Castello – Courtesy of Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello – by SIAE 2021 Crackled canvases, warped metal, burnt pvc, not exactly what you think of when traveling the verdant region of Umbria, but put a pin on it. Head north west to Città di Castello. Destination:  Fondazione Burri, one of the most […]

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Primal Scream: I Numeri Primi

Prime numbers have fascinated people for centuries. Infinite, perfect, mystical. They remain true only to one and themselves. Euclid of Alexandria, in 1550 B.C., pioneered the study of these enigmatic figures in Egypt with written evidence in the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus. More than just maths, prime numbers endlessly unveil many of the world’s most beautiful […]

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ISSIMO Playlist: Women in Jazz

Ella, Sarah, Dinah, Billie, Blossom, Etta and Julie. Enough said.  Queens in the Pantheon of Jazz, these women feed our souls, heal our minds and hearts, and inspire us with incredible sound. In honour of these women and the millions before and after, let’s lose ourselves in Women in Jazz. Food for thought  NPR’s D-I-Y […]

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Agriconcura, Quinto Sapore

Quinto Sapore, the fifth taste, is the holy grail for foodies in a quintuplet of sensations that includes sweet, sour, salty, bitter and savouriness. It’s umami, delicious and tasty, and in Italy, Quinto Sapore is 25 hectares in Città della Pieve Umbria. Enter the brothers Giuggioli, identical twins Nicola and Alessandro whose careers in business […]

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