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Taste of Umbria Culinary Vacation in Italy

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

The first signs of spring in Italy bring an invitation for an aperitivo. Simply put, it’s an informal request to meet up around 6 in the evening for a glass of wine, a spritz, or bitters on the rocks. This could be at home or a bar overlooking a piazza. Don’t expect dinner but do count on a few light snacks which can range from small bites of focaccia and a selection of salami to more elaborate preparations on slices of toasted bread. It’s a time to kick back and engage in conversation, whether politics, film, soccer or whatever is the current rage. It’s casual, social and relaxing.

Create your own aperitivo hour this summer on your patio, garden, pool or balcony. With a few simple ingredients you can create a board of snacks to accompany a chilled glass of wine. What a great way to slide into summer and celebrate easy living Italian style.

Taste of Umbria Culinary Vacation in Italy

Book a Culinary Vacation in Umbria with Cucina Della Terra and experience first-hand aperitivo time. You’ll return home ready to recreate Italian living in your own home.

Some simple ideas:


Salami, prosciutto

Chunks of Italian cheese – parmesan, pecorino,


Bruschette (fave & pecorino, summer tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli rabe )

Cicchetti (egg, shrimp, saor )

Fresh marinated anchovies on buttered crostini

Torta filled with spinach or swiss chard

Fritte (fried stuffed olives, aranci, suppli,)

Chips and peanuts

Dips made from beans surrounded by colorful raw vegetables

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