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Orvieto
February 20, 2020

Flavors and scents of the woods

Location

  • Montecchio (Melezzole)
  • Allerona
  • Fabro
  • San Venanzo

Visiting time

  • 3 days

How to get there

  • Car required

A path that invites you to enjoy a gastronomic experience based in all that the large wooded areas of the Orvieto area. From game to local products including truffle, porcini mushrooms and chestnuts.

Although Montecchio is the village of olive oil par excellence, in its territory and especially in the small picturesque neighboring hamlets of Melezzole and Morre (Baschi), the chestnut is the main product. The built-up area of Melezzole, in addition to the old castle, boasts numerous old chestnut trees from which long-lived excellent chestnuts grow to be consumed in many ways (roasted, boiled or used in the kitchen, for example the classic chickpea and chestnut soup). In October the chestnut is the absolute protagonist of the traditional Chestnut Festival.

In the municipality of Allerona there are large wooded areas including the uncontaminated Selva di Meana. It is in these woods rich in vegetation and wild animals that there are mushrooms and wild boars: which are turned into typical local products and used in many Orvieto recipes. Pappardelle with wild boar, umbrichelli with porcini mushrooms, braised wild boar…

Going up to the north and approaching the border with the lower Tuscany, Fabro which for several years has been synonymous with truffles (both black and white). Every November the town hosts a large market exhibition dedicated to agri-food products, and above all to the precious tuber that is found in the local table. Ennobling each dish with its unsurpassed flavor, from first to the second courses.

From the land of the Fabro truffle, passing through the fairytale village of Parrano, towards another large green area full of centuries-old woods: the park of Monte Peglia in the municipality of San Venanzo. The park is home to an incredible variety of plants, trees and animals. Its rich biodiversity and its extensive surface make it an ideal place for the collection of truffles (black), chestnuts and above all numerous species of mushrooms, nails, porcini mushrooms, ovoli.