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July 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The key to this tour of Italy is chocolate - specifically a sweets summit that takes place every year in October. Online travel specialist Zicasso offers a tour that coincides with the Eurochocolate Festival that this year will take place in Perugia. On this trip, you'll taste chocolate, learn to cook with chocolate and could even decide to indulge in chocolate spa scrub. The eight-day tour includes a two-day festival pass for tastings, special events and a visit to the Perugina factory where Baci chocolates are made.
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April 12, 2014
La Taverna di Moranda in Monticchiello, Italy, is our favorite restaurant in the Tuscany and Umbria region. After eating there for the first time, we made a reservation for a second night. When we returned two years later, we stayed nearby just to be near Monticchiello. We had the Florentine steak twice and the lamb twice. Both were amazing. The restaurant is very romantic; it looks like a wine cave. La Taverna di Moranda, 17 Via di Mezzo, Monticchiello; 011-39-0578-755145, http://www.tavernadimoranda.it Julian and Mary Cangelosi Tustin
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October 9, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop village, was a mystery to me. Every time I drove past, it was shut up and seemingly deserted. But on one moonless night in November, lights blazed through the dirt-encrusted windows, and tractors, trailers, little Fiat 500s and the three-wheeled trucks called Apé were strewn across the road outside. I stopped my car, pushed open the building's iron door and stepped into a room filled with the rush of warm air and the clanking of heavy machinery.
NEWS
July 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The key to this tour of Italy is chocolate - specifically a sweets summit that takes place every year in October. Online travel specialist Zicasso offers a tour that coincides with the Eurochocolate Festival that this year will take place in Perugia. On this trip, you'll taste chocolate, learn to cook with chocolate and could even decide to indulge in chocolate spa scrub. The eight-day tour includes a two-day festival pass for tastings, special events and a visit to the Perugina factory where Baci chocolates are made.
TRAVEL
February 20, 2005
I enjoyed David Shaw's piece on dining in Italy ["The Perils (and Joys) of Spontaneous Dining Overseas," Traveler's Journal, Feb. 13]. My wife and I spent five weeks in Tuscany and Umbria two years ago. While visiting Orvieto, we went into a wine shop to buy a bottle for the room where we were staying. We had a great conversation and asked the owners for the names of their favorite in-town restaurants. They gave us three, none of which was in our guidebooks. The dining was some of the best we encountered in Italy.
TRAVEL
April 12, 2014
La Taverna di Moranda in Monticchiello, Italy, is our favorite restaurant in the Tuscany and Umbria region. After eating there for the first time, we made a reservation for a second night. When we returned two years later, we stayed nearby just to be near Monticchiello. We had the Florentine steak twice and the lamb twice. Both were amazing. The restaurant is very romantic; it looks like a wine cave. La Taverna di Moranda, 17 Via di Mezzo, Monticchiello; 011-39-0578-755145, http://www.tavernadimoranda.it Julian and Mary Cangelosi Tustin
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Al Held, an artist known for abstract paintings of robust simplicity and enormous scale, died Tuesday at his home in Umbria, Italy. He was 76. His body was found in the swimming pool at his home in Todi, a town in Umbria. The cause of his death was not yet known, according to Louise Eliasof, a longtime friend who spoke with The Times on Thursday. For many years, Held divided his time between Boiceville, N.Y., and Todi. He was best known for a series of mural-size black-and-white paintings that he began in the late 1960s.
TRAVEL
July 12, 1987 | RUTH E. GRUBER, Gruber is an American working in Italy.
The brilliant winter day was crisp, clear and not too cold. The sun glinted on snowy mountaintops far in the distance, giving a golden tinge to the earthy browns and russets of closer forested hills. I was driving the satisfying curves of a country road in southern Umbria. The air was so clear it seemed to magnify everything in sight, and every so often there would come the scent of wood smoke from a farmhouse hearth.
TRAVEL
March 26, 2011
We spent four nights at this beautiful agriturismo and winery in Umbria. It has lovely guest apartments, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a restaurant in the middle of the vineyards. Rates are very reasonable for such a wonderful location, near Lake Trasimeno. It is owned by the daughter of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Automobili Lamborghini. Agriturismo Lamborghini & Golf Club, 1 Soderi di Panicarola, Panicale; 011-39-075-835-0029, http://english.lamborghinionline.it . Rates from about $720 to $1,187 in July and August.
FOOD
January 14, 1988 | JOAN DRAKE, Times Staff Writer
Question: An Italian cooking expert I'm not, so when it comes time to top the various pasta dishes I make I'm at a loss. Could you please explain the differences between the sauces used in Italian cooking? For instance, what exactly are the differences between marinara, pesto and regular tomato sauce? Answer: The following is a partial list of pasta sauces excerpted and adapted from "A Pocket Guide to Italian Food and Wine" (A Fireside Book--Simon & Schuster: 1986, $5.
TRAVEL
November 20, 2011 | By Amanda Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Mamma says don't punch it," Carlo Montioni says, translating for his mother in heavily accented English. "You're always too heavy-handed!" my own mother says, piling on. "Let me show you," my daughter Sofia says, sighing and shoving me aside. PHOTOS: Cooking lessons in Italy I am in the middle of a cooking lesson in our rented Umbrian villa, and "Mamma," or Caterina Felici, is trying to save my forsaken kitchen soul. We are making pasta. Apparently, one must not pound on pasta dough because that makes it chewy.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011
The best way to Rome From LAX, From LAX, American, Lufthansa, Air France, British and United offer connecting service (change of plane) to Rome. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $500, excluding fees and taxes. Orvieto is about 60 miles from Rome. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 39 (the country code for Italy), the regional code and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Virgilio, 5 Piazza Duomo, Orvieto; 0763 394937, http://www.orvietohotelvirgilio.com , shares the piazza with the 13th century cathedral.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011 | By Carolyn Lyons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The anonymous stone building on the outskirts of Civitella, my Umbrian hilltop village, was a mystery to me. Every time I drove past, it was shut up and seemingly deserted. But on one moonless night in November, lights blazed through the dirt-encrusted windows, and tractors, trailers, little Fiat 500s and the three-wheeled trucks called Apé were strewn across the road outside. I stopped my car, pushed open the building's iron door and stepped into a room filled with the rush of warm air and the clanking of heavy machinery.
TRAVEL
March 26, 2011
We spent four nights at this beautiful agriturismo and winery in Umbria. It has lovely guest apartments, a golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a restaurant in the middle of the vineyards. Rates are very reasonable for such a wonderful location, near Lake Trasimeno. It is owned by the daughter of Ferruccio Lamborghini, founder of Automobili Lamborghini. Agriturismo Lamborghini & Golf Club, 1 Soderi di Panicarola, Panicale; 011-39-075-835-0029, http://english.lamborghinionline.it . Rates from about $720 to $1,187 in July and August.
FOOD
September 2, 2010
  2008 Arnaldo Caprai Grechetto "Grecante" Arnaldo Caprai is better known for his intense Montefalco rosso than for his whites, so this lyrical wine comes as a surprise. Made from 100% Grechetto, an indigenous grape, it is crisp and refreshing, all delicate flowers on the nose, with notes of lime and grapefruit. Who knew the vines around the Umbrian hilltop town could produce a knockout white like this? JOIN US: The L.A. Times hosts its Celebration of Food & Wine this Sunday, Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds
What Becomes Stories A.L. Kennedy Alfred A. Knopf: 208 pp., $24.95 Nothing shines light on the darkest corners of human existence like icy British irony. A man makes soup for his wife's dinner. He cuts himself and bleeds profusely. She comes home, hates him. He's an idiot. She throws a potted herb (thyme) at him. "Thyme was quite hardy," he thinks, "he thought it would weather the upset and come through fine in the end." Characters here bleed frequently, unaware that they are bleeding.
TRAVEL
October 9, 2011
The best way to Rome From LAX, From LAX, American, Lufthansa, Air France, British and United offer connecting service (change of plane) to Rome. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $500, excluding fees and taxes. Orvieto is about 60 miles from Rome. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international calling code), 39 (the country code for Italy), the regional code and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Virgilio, 5 Piazza Duomo, Orvieto; 0763 394937, http://www.orvietohotelvirgilio.com , shares the piazza with the 13th century cathedral.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
REJUVENATE mind and body during a week of fitness training and meditation in the Umbria region of Italy. The Sept. 30 tour visits the hill towns of Deruta, Spello and Assisi. "Umbria is called the green heart of Italy," said tour leader Tannis Kobrinsky. "It's a more authentic experience. Tuscany has become so touristy." The group will stay in a 12th century villa near Gubbio, where cooking classes, yoga, Pilates and massage are available.
TRAVEL
June 25, 2006 | Maggie Barnett, Times Staff Writer
REJUVENATE mind and body during a week of fitness training and meditation in the Umbria region of Italy. The Sept. 30 tour visits the hill towns of Deruta, Spello and Assisi. "Umbria is called the green heart of Italy," said tour leader Tannis Kobrinsky. "It's a more authentic experience. Tuscany has become so touristy." The group will stay in a 12th century villa near Gubbio, where cooking classes, yoga, Pilates and massage are available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Al Held, an artist known for abstract paintings of robust simplicity and enormous scale, died Tuesday at his home in Umbria, Italy. He was 76. His body was found in the swimming pool at his home in Todi, a town in Umbria. The cause of his death was not yet known, according to Louise Eliasof, a longtime friend who spoke with The Times on Thursday. For many years, Held divided his time between Boiceville, N.Y., and Todi. He was best known for a series of mural-size black-and-white paintings that he began in the late 1960s.
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