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  • 00:36

    Letizia Mattiacci of alla Madonna del Piatto B&B in Umbria

    in Travel


    Our home, "Alla Madonna del Piatto", is a small agriturismo, a bed and breakfast inn in the Umbrian hills. The centuries-old farmhouse overlooks the beautiful town of Assisi. All rooms have a magnificent view of Assisi's world famous basilica, dedicated to St. Francis and housing some of Italy's most important art treasures.

    Our agriturismo is a quiet oasis both day and night, an ideal spot to unwind. You will awake every morning to the sights of the rolling Umbrian hills and the medieval town of Assisi perched on the Subasio mountain. You can linger for hours watching the sheep graze in the fields, sunbathe on the terracotta-paved terrace or sip a glass of wine under the grapevine arbor.

    If, on the other hand, you can tear yourself away from the garden and its panorama, our bed and breakfast is conveniently located to explore Umbria's beautiful medieval hill towns. Assisi, Gubbio, Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto and Perugia, as well as Tuscany's splendid Renaissance city Siena, Cortona and the Chianti wine region are all within about an hour’s drive. If you enjoy walking, the Subasio natural park and the Franciscan Path of Peace are only minutes away.

    Letizia and I discuss all the wonderful dishes she teaches her guests in her cooking classes, how to shop for just the right ingredients at the market like farro, pecorino cheese, truffles, porchetta, wild asparagus, mushrooms, beans, Umbrian Olive Oil,  and how to get the most out of your visit to Umbria with wonderful day-trips throughout the nearby cities, towns, and regions.

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    Winter Promotions ~ with photographer Heather Kallhoff

    in Photography

    Join me as I chat with Heather about some awesome winter promotions and set designs.
    Heather Kallhoff describes herself as “pretty low key”. However, you’ll find this
    multiple national award winner anything but ordinary in her style and creativity.
    After a 13-year career in education, Heather left that to pursue a career in an
    area that she not only taught, but continues to love. Yet her creativity behind the
    camera may possibly be surpassed only by her savvy in front of the computer.
    She has traveled extensively educating other photographers in the areas of
    creativity and Photoshop. Heather’s storytelling approach to wedding and portrait photography has earned
    her Photographer of the Year awards, Fuji’s and Kodak’s across the Northern
    Light Region, as well as in the National and International arena’s, a National
    Top Ten Wedding album, Best of Images Fine Art winner, and most notably the
    Silver Award in Orvieto, Italy. Her work has been featured in the Professional
    Photographers of America magazine, Kansas City Bridal magazine, and most
    recently the PPA’s “See the Difference” advertising campaign. A lifelong learner, Heather holds numerous degrees through the Professional
    Photographers Association: Masters of Photography, Craftsman, and Certified
    Professional Photographer. Her attitude is refreshingly humble, preferring to shun the limelight in favor
    of “just doing what I enjoy.” What she enjoys is creating moving images that tell
    a story.