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Things to see in Umbria

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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

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Umbria is a unique region in the heart of Italy, and the only one that is not bordered by the sea. A popular ingredient in the region is the black truffle, which is used in numerous dishes like the strangozzi, and other typical pasta recipes. This region has held onto its old traditions and thus has a relatively simple cuisine which is still inspired by medieval, Roman and Etruscan recipes. Lentils are often served as an accompaniment here, just like the local olive oil, which is essential for making bruschetta. The regional dessert is panpepato, a peppered gingerbread made during the Christmas season. Don't forget to try the Baci Perugini, chocolates made exclusively in Perugia. These chocolates have existed for nearly a century and have entire hazelnuts inside them, and are coated in dark chocolate. When you unwrap them, each one has a quote about love or a famous saying by a writer or a poet. This original feature is what makes these Baci, 'kisses' in English, so popular in Italy.

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