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Tuscany and Umbria are some of the most picturesque regions in Italy.
Situated in the north of the country, both regions feature rolling hills that you would typically see on a postcard.
With hundreds of olive trees and some of the most beautiful coasts that Italy has to offer, you’re certainly left hard-pressed to find an area that offers as much as these regions do.
When you decide to go on holidays to Tuscany or Umbria, you will want to sample their food and wine.
Here, we talk about some of the best dishes each region has to offer.
Food in Tuscany is based on the concept of Cucina Povera, or ‘poor cooking’.
It’s all about meals that are inexpensive to make and can easily be made in large quantities while still remaining delicious and healthy.
It remains mostly the same today, and by choice as opposed to the economy.
Dishes are fresh and prepared with love for the food they create.
Interestingly, food in Umbria is based on the same philosophy.
They also enjoy food that is hearty and delicious, but made simply and at a low cost.
When visiting either region, you will find the cuisine is much the same.
The dishes you will typically find in Tuscany and Umbria are essentially the same.
Here are some of the more traditional ones you can expect to find, and should definitely sample:
Tarfuto: black or white truffles that are found seasonally and always freshly prepared.
Pappa al Pomodoro: a stew of tomatoes and day old bread.
Crostini alla norcini: pieces of toasted bread with a variety of spreads such as truffle or chicken liver.
Porchetta: pork carved right off a young pig stuffed with herbs. Served on thick rolls.
Lentil soup: often with the addition of seasonal vegetables and sausage.
Tagliatelle or fettuccine with ragu: minced veal or pork with a variety of vegetables such as celery.
Cieche alla pisana: baby eels with sautéed egg and parmesan cheese.
Panpepato: gingerbread cake with nuts, raisins, honey, dark chocolate, and candied fruit.
Holidays to Northern Italy (or Southern Italy) are not complete without sampling some of the regional Italian wine.
Wine in Tuscany tends to be quite popular and is some of the most well-known. Chianti is one of the most commonly sampled wines across Europe, and one that you are sure to have heard of. However, while you are there, you should certainly try the house wine in each town you visit, as each town produces its own wine and they are all sure to be exceptional. If you want to travel a little further, make sure you visit Prato for the Mortadella wine.
Wine in Umbria does not have wine labels that are as famous as Tuscany, but they are certainly no less delicious to taste. Their most popular wine is the Montefalco Sagrantino, a rising star among red wines. The Rosso di Montefalco is also considered a local classic, and should certainly be sampled alongside the former. It was made to be paired with lasagne or lamb.
At Long Travel we are dedicated to preparing the best holidays to Umbria or Tuscany for you, and thanks to our expert team we know the best places to go for food and drink in each region of Italy.
We help you to do all the hard work, such as finding Umbria or Tuscany hotels or even Umbria and Tuscany villas that you can rent out.
No matter what you are looking for, we can help you find your perfect Italian holiday.