“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away” – Anonymous
WELCOME to the Umbrian Table. We are an independent tour company for travelers interested in a personal, insider’s view of Italian food, wine, art and culture. We invite you to join us on one of our small group adventures. Rich experiences and wonderful memories await.
ITALY draws us into its heart; invites us to share in the secrets of its soul. For over two thousand years it has been at the center of western history. It has been the incubator for discoveries and developments in science, art, music, fashion and philosophy. Of all of its influences none have been more lovingly embraced than those developed over its hearths and in its kitchens. Italian culinary arts have long embraced the mantra of modern chefs, “Source locally and seasonally, prepare simply and deliciously, and serve it lovingly”. Words like pizza, pasta and bruschetta have become universal.
WE INVITE you to join us on our personal journey of discovery. We will cook in some of those kitchens, walk with its foragers, sip with its vintners, and marvel at the skills of its family producers. And we will, of course, eat and drink with gusto.
IMMERCE yourself in the history, art, culture and natural beauty of this storied land. JOIN us for an unforgettable journey. Details of our two TOURS FOR 2015 are listed below. CONTACT us for more information and to become one of our fellow travelers.
IN NOVEMBER we will make our annual pilgrimage to UMBRIA. During this very personal journey we will meet friends and family who will guide us through its “green heart”. We are excited to announce that this SEPTEMBER we will exploring the eastern tip of SICILY in the area of Marsala. Famous for its wine, seafood, salt and long and storied past, Sicily is an island of stunning beauty. We will explore it on both land and sea. We will have the opportunity to make new friends and delight in its incredible cuisine.
Umbria is a place of mystery. Little is known of the "shadowy" Umbrii who gave this central Italian region its name. We do know that they hunted its heavily forested slopes, farmed its fertile valleys and fished its clear lakes and streams. The Etruscans left their mark there, as did the Romans. Many of its imposing and beautiful hill towns were important centers of culture, religion and politics during the middle ages and Renaissance. Some of the most pivotal pieces of Western art can be found on the walls of both its most magnificent of cathedrals and most humble of village churches.
SICILY has been home to many tribes and cultures dating back, perhaps, 12,000 years. The Greeks and Phoenicians settled there around 800 B.C. The Romans, Carthaginians, and many other European, African and middle eastern cultures have populated the island over the centuries. This rich mosaic of influences has left a mark on its food, architecture, language and art. We will experience a measure of this rich heritage and its hospitality as we explore the Eastern tip of the island in September. The sights, sounds, flavors and aromas will be intoxicating, the weather delightful and the adventure unforgettable.
JOIN US on one or both of these remarkable journeys in 2015. We look forward to sharing our love of Italy with you in the months to come. Contact us soon to book your spot.
Michael and Karin Rostance