As a follow up from my post about Perugia St. Francis of Assisi Airport, thanks to a comment received I am delighted to report that from GERMANY getting to Bellaugello Gay Guest House will soon be even easier with

    direct flights from three German cities

through GERMAN WINGS

BERLIN – ANCONA route starts Saturday 12th. April 2014
DUSSELDORF – ANCONA route starts Saturday 12th. April 2014
HAMBURG – ANCONA route starts Saturday 7th. June 2014

Ancona airport is situated in Le Marche and a scenic 1 1/2 hour drive to Bellaugello Gay Resort

Starting 1st July 2014. Ryanair have twice weekly flight from Dusseldorf to our local airport of Perugia S Francis of Assisi

Fly Tuesday or Saturday the sun good food and wine of Umbria and the tranquil luxury and clothing optional infinity pool at Bellaugello just comes closer to Western Germany and the Netherlands…..

Book now, introductory tickets are on sale at €20 each way and we still have some availability, though we are booking up fast.

I really cannot believe it. Here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House the weather continues to be unseasonably warm. Yesterday I spent a delightful afternoon pruning olive trees. I dressed warmly, it is February after all, but within a few minutes As temperatures hit the low twenties I had to strip off to a rugger shirt.
Back in the garden the first fruit trees are flowering…

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No, I do not only mean only the crazy yellow plum tree that has been in flower since mid-December, but as you see from the photo it is the apricot trees, and yesterday I noticed the almond is about to burst forth, along the road one of my farming neighbours has already an almond in full bloom. Wild violets strew the banks below the fig tree and the daffodils- those remaining not eaten by the istrice are in full flower.
So now I am off to cut the lawn. Generally the lawn cutting period is from late March to end June, then the heat slows down growth, I have to cut the lawns only every ten days or so until the autumn when they put on a final spurt before winter. This year I am having to start a month early, I just hope we are not in for a nasty cold spell in April.
Not that I am complaining about the warmth, it is delightful, and quietly pruning olive trees is most therapeutic….

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A couple of weeks ago with snow still sitting on the tops of the hills I ventured out from Bellaugello Gay Guest House and headed south of Perugia to follow the Sagrantino Road.
This road rolls meanders through soft hills and valleys littered with vines, and passes through enchanting towns with names such as Torgiano, Cannara, Bettona, Bevagna and Montefalco, all home to wonderful wines produced here in Umbria.

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My motives were twofold. For readers of my blog you will be aware that I have taken over a vineyard here in Valdichiascio, and we are aiming to produce our own wine. Next month the pruning of the vines is done, I have found local help to instruct me in this – oenology and viticulture is new to me, so it seemed a good idea to take a sneak preview of how the professionals prune and maintain their vines.
The second reason was for me to firm up on the wine tours and tastings we will be offering this summer from Bellaugello. I have chosen to visit three Cantine in this region; The first a wine grower who started as recently as 1980 and is producing some exceptional internationally acclaimed wines, he believes in minimum intervention, so his wines can vary from bottle to bottle. The second cantina is another family run business, this time the family have been producing fine Sagrantinos for generations, a very traditional winegrower and warmly welcoming cantina.

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The third cantina is famous for its production of Bio ecological wines, from the light to deep intense. So nice drive or if we are a group a minibus tour along the Strada del Sagrintino tasting wines from three very different vineyards. You guys will have two very different opportunities this year, advice on visiting vineyards and where to taste, along edge Sagrantino road, and/or the chance to help with the vendemmia here in Valdichiascio, the grape harvest. It will be a valley affair, the more I talk about it the more locals I find want to be involved, are offering me advice and tools, and want to help pick grapes, which we will do by hand, it is a small local vineyard, but with space to set up tables for a large lunch in the vineyard……

It is not very often that I come across stupendously inventive people, let alone publicise them on my blog, however there has to be an exception to the rule and my friend Claire is certainly that.

Do you have a restaurant to furnish? A kitchen table at needs chairs? Are you a collector of delightful things? Do you like to live a sustainable lifestyle? Do you think recycling is good? Fancy something original for your bedroom? If so these are for you…

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Claire’s chairs, is based in London and now trending in restaurants across the city. Claire finds old unloved chairs and carefully and cleverly using original artwork refurbishes them. She will happily accept commissions, and when over here in Umbria this summer will be making a few “Bellaugello Backs” chairs – it could be your photo in the Bellaugello infinity pool, you just have to be here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in glorious Umbria, Italy – Give your boyfriend the real must have souvenir!