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Today is my final post (at least for now) of reminiscences of my trip to Italy last fall.  Today, I bring you some notes about Umbrian wines and ceramics. 

The vineyards of Arnaldo Caprai

One of the great joys of our trip to Umbria was a visit to the vineyards of Arnaldo Caprai.  The vineyards were stunning with post harvest hues and the tour was interesting and informative. 

Even I as a non-wine-drinker enjoyed the tasting and tour and we had a nice time.  My traveling companions, my sister and niece, really enjoyed Arnaldo Caprai’s Anima Umbra Bianco – a few bottles of which I have secured stateside for future gifts.

Passing along my companions’ other wine discoveries from the trip, they were high on:

The Ceramics of Rolando and Goffredo Nulli

Finally, after all the food, wine and sightseeing, we did a lot of shopping and enjoying the local artisans.  I was taken by the wonderful ceramics that were everywhere.  In particular, I loved the Ceramics of Rolando and Goffredo Nulli.

About the Ceramics of Rolando and Goffredo Nulli: “Rolando and Goffredo Nulli’s handicraft shop is a family run business where completely handmade majolicas are created. Their high quality production keeps the tradition alive and evokes the classic decorations of the various periods of deruta. The Nulli Majolicas are known in Italy and many other countries, especially in Europe, the United States and Japan. For everybody wants gain experience in creating an object by a turning lathe, Rolando Nulli gives the possibility to do it also providing valuable indications and all the necessary assistance.”

Ciao Roberto!

And last but not least, here is one final plug for our friend Roberto Angelini at Enoteca Properzio in Spello – where we spent a few glorious hours tasting wine, olive oils, balsamics and other Umbrian treats – truly the highlight of our trip.

From my November 2011 trip to Italy – the amazing vineyards of Arnaldo Caprai in autumn:


I am finishing up my posts from my notes of my trip to Italy last fall.  That’s the official explanation of today’s Postscript, but I am thinking it may have more to do with a major case of wanderlust that I have which I am pretty sure is a symptom of my much larger case of Cabin Fever.  Whatever it is, it has been fun reliving a great trip to an amazing place. 

Today, I share two great hotel finds in Italy – in Rome and Florence.  Next week, some notes about wine and other Tuscan and Umbrian treats.

Hotel in Rome – Hotel Panama Garden

If you are looking for a nice and affordable boutique hotel in Rome, I highly recommend the Hotel Panama Garden.  We stayed at this charming hotel for a few nights on our trip to Rome last November and it was delightful.  The rooms were modern yet included some nice old world charm.  My room was small, but what it lacked in space inside was made up by the private terrace overlooking a quiet residential street. 

About Hotel Panama Garden “Hotel Panama Garden enjoys a peaceful location in Rome’s most exclusive area, near Villa Ada Park and within easy reach of the historic centre on bus, tram or by foot. This top quality hotel offers you first class accommodation in a quiet and elegant part of the city. Surrounded by tranquil private gardens, it is the perfect place to escape back to after a busy day of sightseeing or business.”

If you are like me and like to stay in a neighborhood when visiting new cities as opposed to being right in the city center, then Hotel Panama Garden is a good pick for a trip to Rome.  You can get a feel for what it is like to live in the city while being close to all the sights without feeling too much like a tourist.

Hotel in Florence – Hotel Villa Liana

Likewise, for our visit to Florence, we stayed on the northwest side of the center city in a lovely residential neighborhood at the Hotel Villa Liana.  This hotel was wonderful.  The rooms were large and quirky fun.  My room had marble floors and Tuscan pillars.  My traveling companions’ room had a mural on the ceiling that rivaled the Sistine chapel.

The best part of the Hotel Villa Liana was that we just happened into it after our first choice had a booking mix-up and sent us there.  We could not have been more thrilled to be bumped after we saw this place.

About Villa Liana Hotel : “The Villa Liana Hotel in Florence is an ancient noble Villa, a former English Consulate, built in the XIX century.  The hotel stands in a residential quarter just a few minutes walk from Piazza Santa Croce, the Cathedral of Florence and the Galleria dell’Accademia, the world-renowned museum where it will be possible to admire one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces: the David.  The stay at Villa Liana Hotel offers to its guests a charming place, embellished with antique furniture, original frescos ceilings and precious fabrics, typical of the Florentine tradition.”

From my November 2011 trip to Italy – the façade of Il Duomo, Florence, Tuscany: