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Agriturismo and restaurants in Umbria

We are going to the take the train from Florence into Perugia and spend 3 nights in the area before heading down to Rome. We would like to stay in Perugia for a night and then looking to spend the 1-2 nights in an agriturismo with good food around there. Would prefer not to rent a car, but don't mind it either specially if we can explore and appreciate the countryside. Also would not mind being in the vicinity of the Lake Trasimeno, maybe near or in Panicale. From there would like to be able to head over the Rome relatively easily. Open to suggestions.

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  1. Agriturismo (or Country House) Montali is in Panicale, and it has acquired a reputation for stunning food (although you might want to hunt for 2010-11 reviews).

    It is creative, which you may not want, and it is vegetarian, which I think is most appropriate to the land of St. Francis and besides, if you are heavy meat-eaters, you can stoke up at lunch time because with rare exception, Umbrian restaurant offerings are a meat overload.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2007...

    http://www.montalionline.com/flash/ho...

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    1. re: barberinibee

      It seems nice but I think meat would be nicer! Will keep in mind though. Thanks.

    2. I would prefer not to drive if possible. Perhaps taking a bus and then having access to Rome. Open to any other towns besides Panicale. The lake seems nice, but if its not a good food destination I could skip easily.

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      1. re: manny6

        In your other thread (unless i'm reading it wrong), you seem to indicate you are renting a car to explore countryside restaurants in Emilia-Romagna. Your desire to have an agriturismo-eating experience in Umbria is more difficult if you rule out driving there, and you'll get fewer restaurant recommendations from Chowhounders because most visit Umbria with a car. You might eat better if you kept the car you are renting to tour Emilia-Romagna eateries and drove it to good eating in the coountryside, and *then* went Perugia, leaving the car there and taking the train to Florence (only 90 minutes from Rome by train).

        My own eating experiences of Umbria (with a car) centered on visiting its Sagrantino wine and olive oil areas, but others have more recent experience and more focused on dining.

        1. re: barberinibee

          Good idea. I might pick up a car in Bologna and then drive around ER/Parma, then Pisa, through Tuscany, into Umbria, drop the car in Perugia, train to Florence, train to Rome. Thanks for the suggestion. Feel free to suggest places assuming I will have a car.

          1. re: manny6

            As already mentioned, travel information is not within the scope of this forum, but I suggest you look at a map of Italy. It makes as much (or more) sense to go by car from ER to Umbria and then by train to Florence and on to Rome. If you have three days in Tuscany and a list of a dozen restaurants in Florence, it doesn't seem to me you have much time to explore the Tuscan countryside.

            1. re: zerlina

              Sorry I wasn't asking for travel advice. Was just looking for an agritourismo in Umbria. In terms if the restaurants, I wasn't planning in going to all of them! I was hoping to have some help narrow down choices.

              1. re: manny6

                No, you weren't asking for travel advice. I was trying to be helpful by pointing out that ER-Umbria-Florence-Rome makes more sense than ER-Pisa-Tuscany-Umbria-Florence-Rome. I'll refrain in future.

                1. re: zerlina

                  I appreciate your help. I got off topic with the travel stuff. We have decided Pisa is a must do for us but we can give up Tuscan countryside for Umbria.

                  1. re: manny6

                    the main thing is that if you want to visit beautiful countryside, agriturismos, country restaurants, etc you will need a car. You will not need and in fact you will be tortured by a car if you are staying in a center city. You also need to think about how much time you will eat up out of your schedule on travel from place to place.

                    Its hatural enough to develop particular plans/fantasies/meals as the core of your trip planning but there is no substitute for some hard headed work with maps and train schedules in figuring out the most efficient use of your limited time, avoiding backtracking, etc. The more efficient you are the more time you will have to enjoy leisurely delicious meals.