Spoleto is an ancient city located in the province of Perugia in Umbria. Situated next to the Palazzo Comunale is the restored Casa Romana or Roman House built in the 1st century. The atmospheric house with its attractive mosaic floors is thought to have belonged to Vespia Polla, mother of Emperor Vespasian and has a dedication to the Emperor Caligula. The house was excavated in 1885-1914 by Guiseppe Sordini. The floor plan is still intact and there are fragments of walls still containing frescoes.
The cuisine of Umbria is simple, rustic food once known as” cucina povera“, prepared and cooked to retain the wholesome goodness and flavour of the food. The dishes of the region rely heavily on the seasonal food available that is produced in it’s lush, rich landscape, and one can see why it is called the “green heart of Italy”. Vegetables, grains such as spelt,wheat, barley and lentils, and fresh herbs from it’s farms and gardens, fresh water fish from it’s lakes and game, black truffles and wild mushrooms from the forests that cover much of the region.
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