If you enjoy the finer things in life, book boutique hotels in Italy.
Home of the truffle
Umbria is the home of the most exclusive food in the world – the truffle. Alongside the wines, olive oil and legendary food, the black and white truffles make it a gastronomic delight. If you like the finer things in life, than the best way to experience the culinary treats on offer is to completely indulge, book boutique hotels – Italy is renowned for its chic retreats.
Small boutique hotels, Italy
If you believe small is beautiful and you want to find an alternative to the busier, anonymous services of the large hotel chains, you should look for boutique hotels in Italy. Online organisations such as Chic Retreats can help you find truly private and personal boutique hotels in Italy. You’ll know that the hotels have no more than 30 rooms having been chosen for their unique qualities, warmth and personal service.
As well as being known for renaissance art and the home of the 12th century religious renaissance, Umbria is where another revolutionary movement happened – Slow Food. If you do your homework, you can find boutique hotels in Italy that feature their own restaurants where you can appreciate the culinary delights on offer. The food in the region is renowned, having been passed down through generations. As well as the famous truffles, mushrooms and other rustic ingredients such as beef and pork are staples. The slow food movement invests in local produce, local traditions and in Italy, they enjoy their food – with several courses including antipasti, pasta, main course and a light desert.
If you are staying in one of the boutique hotels Italy has to offer, the real connoisseur will make the most of the local wine. In Umbria, the Sagrantino grape is highly regarded – the grape creates a robust wine loved by connoisseurs. Here, you can still find small family firms who have been following traditional methods of making wine from the 15th century. One of the more bizarre techniques is scheduling the whole wine production cycle according to the moon. It is thought that when the moon goes down, there is less chance of infection – so they prune the grapes when the moon is waning.
If you love food, you’ll love Umbria. Book one of the boutique hotels and take a culinary tour – make sure you take a big enough suitcase to bring back the local produce – prosciutto, cheeses, hams, olive oil, honey, marmalades, sauces, mushrooms and truffles are all on offer.