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A trip to Umbria would not be complete without enjoying its cuisine.
Excellent food and wine are just as much a part of the region’s charm
as its forests, frescoes, and castles.
|The Wine Route of the "Colli del Trasimeno"
Both have ancient origins, dating back to the Umbrians and the Etruscans, and both, thanks to centuries of painstaking human labours, have modelled the landscape into a characteristic succession of vineyards. Today, grape cultivation has modernised and specialised, in a constant search for quality. It is therefore not by chance that Umbria boasts a range of extraordinary wines, increasingly well known and appreciated outside Italy as well. Standing out in particular are the “magnifi cent thirteen”, composed of eleven DOC wines and two DOCG wines.
The Wine Route of the "Colli del Trasimeno" is important for the full appreciation of the enogastronomic traditions of the area and its artistic, cultural and landscape heritage, encouraging sustainable development of the `slow` kind to appreciate the local ways. The wines made here, an excellent product with recognised and award winning quality, can act as guide to visit and discover this land rich with beauty, environment, art and culture.
|DOP extra virgin olive oil
Just as extraordinary as the wine, Umbrian olive oil boasts a quality with few rivals in Italy, given that about 90% of it is extra-virgin.
The merit, once again, goes to the climatic conditions and the soil of the foothills of the Apennines, ideal for the slow ripening of the olives, which ensures their low acidity. Cold pressed and for the most part mixed, they yield fruity and fl avourful oil with an intense green colour, an essential ingredient of the traditional cuisine. Olive oil is used for fi nishing a host of dishes, meats included, but is also delightful simply as is with bread. Umbria is the only Italian region to have obtained the DOP designation for the entire territory. A number of museums preserve and hand down the culture of olive oil, including the 'Museo della Civiltà dell’Olio e dell’Ulivo' in Trevi and the 'Museo Lungarotti dell’Olio in Torgiano'.