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.
Local family the Riccis have been producing extra virgin olive oil since the 19th century. Their grove offers a lovely view of the village of Montecchio and the surrounding Umbrian countryside.
The Ricci family produce their olive oil on the same property where the olives are grown to help maintain maximum freshness, flavour and colour.
Azienda La Casella resort features an equestrian centre and guests can tour rural Umbria on horseback.
Freshly caught branzino are on display outside of a restaurant in Orbetello, a small walled coastal town in southern Tuscany.
Caseificio Sociale di Manciano specializes in producing Pecorino Toscano, a sheep’s milk cheese known for its subtle, sweet flavour. These rounds of cheese will age and develop flavour for up to 12 months.