27.06.2012 Made in Italy | Umbria | La Chiusa-Umbertide-Città di Castello
‘Made in Italy’ mornings were one of my favourite photography times of day. Partly because the light was so pretty and partly because breakfast was so delicious! Every day started with a pot of strong black coffee simmering on the stove and a table laden with fresh apricots, local cheeses and meats, and mouthwatering Italian cake baked by the budding chefs the day before.
After breakfast on this morning in particular, the guests set off with Mary to visit the local area. First stop was Masha’s agriturismo where Masha grows all of her own produce, which she uses in her very successful restaurant, La Chiusa. An agriturismo is a working farm with accommodation for tourists and it was such an idyllic spot I can see why Masha’s home is always full, especially as they are able to visit Masha’s kitchen every day!
The day continued with a visit to the very pretty Città di Castello, with its winding streets and Italian ladies having conversations from their windows, high up above the street, and a shopping stop at the markets in Umbertide. The markets were fascinating and full of treats, from boxes full of freshly sourced truffles to huge local cheeses. Masha talked everyone through what she looks for when shopping for fresh ingredients for her recipes.
Later, and back at the villa, the guests cooked pizza, using mozzerella bought at the market, scattered with freshly picked herbs and baked in the traditional oven. The day finished in usual style; in a secret spot in the gardens, around the table, sharing delicious food and conversation over a glass of local red.