There are few places in the world where food is so deeply linked to culture and daily life as Italy. Famously, Italians not only know how to cook exceptional food, but also how to enjoy that food to the fullest.

Eating is as much an art in Italy as cooking, and every meal is a celebration of food. While most of us first see Italian food as pizza or spaghetti, the country’s cuisine actually varies greatly from region to region.

We follow photographer Curry Leamen to Umbria and southern Tuscany to explore the simple, rustic cuisine that defines this beautiful area.