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Torgiano

Introduction

This wine and olive oil producing area has gained international fame. Torgiano is situated less than half an hour away from Perugia. The famous family Lungarotti is the proprietor of many hectares of vineyards, a fantastic wine museum and a five-star hotel in the region. The family started their business in the middle of the 20th century. Today the owners have taken control of production as well as marketing. The family have the biggest estates in Italy however they keep their business famiily-run for the most part. One of the two daughters of the founder became president of the Wine Tourism Movement in Italy.

What to See and Do

The Museo del Vino in Torgiano is the most remarkable European museum on wine. It was opened in the mid-70s by a member of the Lungarotti family. The different rooms of the palazzo provide an insight into the wine-making techniques used from the Etruscan epoch up until today and feature utensils, wine containers, and photographs.
The same family supported the Museo dell’Olivo e dell’Olio that was finally inaugurated in 2000. Different institutions contributed to research. The museum’s collection is displayed across different houses constructed in the Middle Ages. It is an interesting exhibit that displays artefacts related to wine production, use, and reveals wine´s relationship with economy, health, sport, crafts and customs.
The Banco d’Assaggio dei Vini is a festival renowned worldwide and held in the last two weeks of November.
Torgiano is part of the Strada dei Vini del Cantico that you can follow by car or bicycle. Maps and brochures are supplied in the tourist information office on Piazza Baglioni. Good information on vineyards, hotels, restaurants, archaeological sites and the best viewpoints are also available here.
Brufa is the hamlet located halfway between Torgiano and Perugia. In the old times Brufa protected Torgiano from enemies. Driving along the route to Brufa and in the town itself are 20 sculptures on display by famous Italian sculptors. Some of them are up to 6 metres tall. The idea to create this open air exhibition was thought of in 1987. Maps of Torgiano are always accompanied by a map marking this public outdoor display.

Where to Eat

Ristorante Siro is a renowned, restaurant with a loyal  clientele, testament to the excellent quality of its dishes. Delights to be found are the antipasti, the baby gnocchi with rubesco wine and radicchio. Not to mention the tiramisu..

Whilst in Brufa savour pay a visit to I Birbi Osteria to try its daily specials (usually grilled meats)



 
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