Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dripping in chocolate... The Perugia chocolate festival.

Its the start of the Annual chocolate festival in Perugia and the crowds are arriving in the droves to this wonderful Umbrian city to indulge themselves in every girls best friend - no, not the ability to pause the DVD when watching anything with Daniel Craig or George Clooney in it, but the wonderful, scrumptiuos, mood enhancing must have drug, chocolate!

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...

1 comment:

  1. I am concerned about the drug use by University students and the level of violence associated with the Perugian police department. They are known to conduct long and oppressive investigations, even possibly to the point of striking suspects who do not speak English. The cities chief prosecutor was found guilty of misconduct in another investigation yet he remains on the job and in the courts.

    Addressing the question of what might have motivated the police to beat 20 year old honor student and murder suspect, Miss Amanda Marie Knox, who has no previous criminal records or history of violence, Public Prosecutor Mrs. Comodi said: "Why did they do it? I often ask myself that. We live in an age of violence with no motive. We don't know what sparks these things."

    Avoid Perugia. Shop for Chocolate in safer places.