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.
His aim 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.
In 1956, he retired, and 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 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. 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 pranzo began with 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.
EuroChocolate is an annual chocolate festival that takes place in Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region in central Italy. The festival has been held since 1993 and is one of the largest chocolate festivals in Europe. EuroChocolate draws nearly one million tourists and Italian natives each year.
Italy's most well-known chocolate company Perugina (now belonging to Nestlé), known for their Baci, is represented along with several other brands such as Lindt and Caffarel. EuroChocolate offers many snack and souvenir options such as chocolate-covered bananas, chocolate liqueur, chocolate moulds, and chocolate bricks.
EuroChocolate offers a variety of activities including chocolate art displays, experimental chocolate tastings, street performances, and chocolate sculpting. In recent years, an igloo has been constructed out of 3,600 kilograms (7,900 lb) of chocolate bricks. There is even an opportunity to make a chocolate day spa appointment. In 2003, the largest chocolate bar in the world was constructed. It measured to be more than 7 metres (23 ft) in length, 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) high and made with 5,980 kilograms (13,180 lb) of dark chocolate and thousands of hazelnuts
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