Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a nice trip to Umbria thanks to the many events that still animate the villages in a mix of tradition, folklore and taste. There are many events to taste Umbria's food and wine products: Eurochocolate in Perugia, the White Truffle Market Exhibition in Gubbio, the Wine Castle in Corciano, the Forest Festival in Montone, Zafferiamo in Città della Pieve, the Saddlebag of the Truffle Maker in Citerna are just a few examples! There are also several autumn events that, instead, will allow you to take a step back in time, to relive the great emotions of the past: from Gubbio to Gualdo Tadino, from equestrian challenges to those with the crossbow.
From Orvieto to Deruta, one of the artistic ceramics roads in Umbria: the excellence of Made in Italy. Walking around the old town, from Via Cavour to Via del Duomo, where you can find most of the shops and ceramics shops: in the città della Rupe the colours and decorations of Orvieto ceramics have deep roots with references to Lombardy and Frankish metalware.
A visit to the nearby Medieval and Renaissance Maiolica Museum will help you decide which style and period to choose for your souvenirs. The large kiln inside, the only fifteenth century kiln left in Italy, gave shape to a rich and varied series of ceramic objects that can still be seen here.
Continue along the SS448, where the view of Lake Corbara alone is worth the trip: take the E45 to Deruta, an open-air factory. Everywhere there are shops, factories and Deruta pottery schools. The best place to try a "workshop" experience and become an "apprentice potter" for just a day: working with the potter's wheel or with clay and seeing your ideas take shape is really rewarding. If you are hunting for tradition: jars, terracotta pots in which oil was stored or "scine", basins where laundry was washed with ashes. But also a number of conventional and unconventional objects, all strictly hand decorated. Many artists from Deruta are exhibited at the Louvre and other great museums around the world: for a trip between the modern and the ancient, do not leave without a visit to the Fondazione Moretti and the adjacent Regional Ceramics Museum, a treasure trove like the floor of the Church of San Francesco and the votive tiles near the Sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni. If you still have time, the best way to finish off the tour is in Ripabianca, the terracotta town, located a short distance from Deruta.
Another possible itinerary is through the famous “wine trails” that will satisfy all five senses by way of nature, taste, history and traditions. Besides the obvious wine tasting, one can take part in food and wine traditions and admire the old crafts of ceramics, glass and wood - typical artisan goods with ancient origins. Montefalco, often called the Railing of Umbria, is a small village with a magnificent 360° view of the surrounding valleys. Set slightly apart from the nearby Via Flaminia, but still in a dominant position, it has always represented an important cultural landmark for the surrounding districts. Testimony to the importance of Montefalco comes from artists such as Il Perugino, Benozzo Gozzoli and Francesco Melanzio. Montefalco and the wider area of the Martani hills has always had a great olive and wine-growing tradition, and has now made Umbria world famous thanks to Sagrantino, the real 'star product' of this area. Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG and its vine were behind the ongoing transformation that began in the 1980s and 90s, that has created a model in Montefalco that would be hard to replicate anywhere else.
Visiting oil presses will give vacationers the opportunity to appreciate the olive oil culture of this region, the pride of all the grove cultivators and oil presses producing Umbrian quality olive oil. Umbria is the first Italian region to have obtained recognition of PDO for all the regional territory. The Umbria PDO is subdivided into 5 geographical areas. The mention of one of the following areas on the oil's labelling: Assisi Spoleto Hills, Martani Hills, Amerini Hills, Orvietani Hills, Trasimeno Hills, is mandatory. Each area has different soil and climatic conditions, different varieties of olives, and specific geography, agricultural techniques and oil production methods.