Umbrian Pottery

Fabio Fattorini, Terrecotte Lavarazione artigianale

Via Roma, 40 Ficulle,, 338.7142649.  Master potter selling traditional Umbrian pottery  Fabio is still making pottery from the area’s clay in a medieval pattern that is uniquely Ficulle’s. He’s the very last of generations of terracotta artisans here.  If you are fortunate he might even invite you into his studio where he creates his work.

Tenuta Vitalonga

Vintage Wine Cart
Vintage Wine Cart

Tenuta Vitalonga Strada Montiano | Località Montiano, 05016 Ficulle, Italy

This wonderful vineyard, restaurant and inn is located in the hills of Ficulle a short drive from the house.

“Even though we did not have an appointment we drove to Ficulle to investigate Tenuta Vitalonga, the winery that my son in law had discovered on the internet. At first we were convinced that our efforts would not be rewarded as we drove the windy roads. Could this really be the way to the winery? Occasionally we caught sight of the small wooden signs that dotted the gravel road and encouraged us to continue driving. When we arrived we were welcomed into the tasting room by non other than the owner (who also happens to be the Mayor of Ficulle). The wines were just what we were looking for, representative of the area (Orvieto DOC), white, robust reds and rose’. After tasting several wines we made a plan to come back the following week for a full tasting and lunch. On the day of the lunch we confidently drove back to Vitalonga. The lunch and tasting were informal and relaxed as we sat on the patio admiring the Umbrian landscape. As truffles were in season we began (after the obligatory bruscetta) with what I would describe as a truffle souffle. Light and luscious. Next came the pasta followed by a chianna beef roulade. The dessert was a chocolate lovers delight served warm with the chocolate oozing out from the pudding/cake and whipped cream mounded on top. All our senses were in harmony as we drove back to Le Crete.”

La Locanda di Desideria

The restaurant is housed in a unique structure that dates back to 1400: The walls, the imposing columns and vaults are evidence of its antiquity.

The environment is warm, and casual plus there is a terrace for outdoor dining.

La Locanda di Desideria
La Locanda di Desideria


The pastas,  Umbricelli (like the Tuscan pici) are all hand-made and freshly prepared with traditional sauces.  Meat is the Florentine filet or “Chianina”.

Via Piave, 25-Carnaiola di Fabro, 0763.832892

Citta’ Buzziana

Montegiove – Montegabbione

Phone: (+39) 0763 837463

Fax: (+39) 0763 837463

The architect Tommaso Buzzi (1900 – 1981) bought the area surrounding the Scarzuola Convent in 1956 and he planned and realized the Città Buzziana, rising near the convent, in twenty years’ time.


The aim of his plan was to create a sort of “ideal” city where a blend between nature and culture could take place. The result has been an architectural complex where symbolisms, allegories and any kind of citations are scattered throughout it and where there are many small and empty rooms that make it appear like a giant termitarium.

Tommaso Buzzi is considered one of the most interesting Italian designers of the XX century and he has been a subject of research during the last years. He was a protagonist in Milan in the 20’s and the 30’s of the XX century. He played an important role as the organizer of numerous manifestations and reviews about national and international applied arts. He worked in the domain of furniture and planning.

Fantasy and irreverence, together with the continuous use of humanistic, literary and classical quotations that distinguished his works, earned him the sympathies and the loyalty of the nobles and the high society, even though they probably prevented the architect from being renowned outside these environments.

In 1956, when he retired, he decided to buy the convent of the Scarzuola and to transform it into a sort of “autobiography on stone” of his career as an artist, as he himself states in his book “Lettere Pensieri Appunti 1937-1979” (Silvana, Milano 2000). This is how he created this bridge between old and new, keeping the structure of the convent and adding his “ideal city” to it.

The Città Buzziana is an architectural composition inspired from neo-Mannerism as it can be inferred from the staircases that cross the complex and by the extension and the lack of proportion of its shapes, but also from the numerous statues that are present everywhere.

This work is divided into seven theatres: the Teatro delle Arnie, the Teatro della Torre, the Teatro sull’acqua, the Patio tondo, the Patio infinito, the Teatrino sportivo and, finally, the Teatro dell’ Acropoli, on top of the whole structure. The latter is the highest building that overlooks the complex and the landscape of Montegiove. The variety of figures that can be admired inside the Città Buzziana includes Pegaso, the Torre dell’Angelo Custode e del Tempo. There are temples dedicated to the most diverse deities and the Torre di Babele. Among the numerous staircases, the Scala Musicale delle Sette Ottave and the Scala di Giobbe stand out.