Having decided to get away for the weekend, Luigi and I spent the night at Montefalco, a small medieval hilltop village surrounded by vineyards that produce the local wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco. We also got to taste a new batch of olive oil, which was so spicy it made my eyes water. Umbria tends to get a raw deal compared to its much more famous sister Tuscany, a little like Danni next to Kylie, but it has its share of stunning countryside, trattorias and hill top historic centres with winding streets.
But all this healthy living was proving too much this morning and off to Perugia we headed. Every year for ten days in the middle of October, the city prohibits traffic, provides a 'chocolateline' shuttle bus from the station and plays host to ten days of overindulgence during the Eurochoc Festival. You can eat it, drink it, sculpt it, and even play chess with it as you browse the stalls selling handmade chocolate from all over the world.
The centre of Perugia is wonderful with its large piazza, medieval buildings and fountains, but add chocolate and some late Autumn sunshine to the mix, and it makes for rather a perfect way to spend your Sunday even if the crowds are quite overwhelming at times.
So if you are in Italy at the moment, you have until the 25th October to get to Perugia. But if you are not able to get here, then no worries. It will be held again next October, but be warned, each year the festival gets that little bit bigger. A little like my waistline...