After our day of fishing on the Nera River, guide Luca Castellani (<a href="http://www.lucacastellani.it/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">lucacastellani.it</span></a>) reminded me that he guides on five different fly-fishing areas in the Umbria and Tuscany regions. They include a tailwater fishery on the Tevere, the Santa Susanna River and the Velino River, plus one part of the Nera.
With his help, and that of my other Italian friend, Matteo Marini, one could plan a wonderful combo of food, culture and fishing, and stay in either Umbria or Tuscany and do a lot more than just visit the typical tourist spots.
In a previous installment I mentioned the food experiences that Matteo (<a href="http://culinaryholidays.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">culinaryholidays.com</span></a>) offers. These take place in a private home and are much more intimate and authentic than a typical restaurant in Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and other well-known and traveled cities in the region.
That doesn’t mean that we didn’t visit those famous sites and enjoy dining out there.
We did. In fact, when we didn’t have a daytime group activity planned, our family of 16 broke up into smaller groups and took off in various directions.