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Tucking into Umbria’s pasta, ice cream and truffles on a family trip at Casa del Poggio

Jan 03, 2017 Written by: Vincent Graff for The Daily Mail
Casa del Poggio

The Daily Mail’s Vincent Graff enjoyed a family escape in Italy’s Umbria region. Casa del Poggio is situated in the picturesque hilltop town of San Gemini. They also visited nearby Orvieto – famous for its wine and caves to explore.

About Truffle hunting and Casa del Poggio

When I was little, the first thing my mum wanted to know on holiday was: ‘Can you drink the water?’

A few decades later and we’ve just arrived at our villa in the Italian hilltop town of San Gemini. We spot a note from the owner: ‘Tap water is good for cooking and brushing teeth. As for drinking, we’d suggest mineral water in bottles.

I’m sure this is not because the family fortune that paid for this splendid house (and the 15-room palazzo next door) came from, well, bottled mineral water.

The owner’s great-grandfather began bottling San Gemini water in the late 19th century. It’s one of the best-known brands in Italy, but is no longer in the family. But we haven’t come to Umbria for the water.

That’s dinner sorted: Daisy and George unearth a truffle with a little canine assistance

The adults are here for the pretty medieval streets, Roman ruins and a few glasses of Orvieto. George, nine, and Daisy, six, are big on pasta, ice cream and afternoons in the pool. This is also truffle country. We’ve promised to take the children truffle hunting, which they like the sound of.

Our white-stoned villa, Casa del Poggio (‘house on the hill’), originally the stable block of the palazzo, is carved into the walls of the town. Throw open the front door and you’re slap bang in the main square.

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