Henry James to write about Italy so memorably. James was particularly inspired by the Umbrian towns of Assisi, Perugia, Cortona (more on that in a sec) and Arezzo.
James wrote that Italy was, "the most beautiful country in the world" and his writing was inspired, in part, by not only the beauty of Italy and Umbria in particular, but by it's people. He recommends in an article he wrote for the Atlantic Monthlyin 1861 that travelers must, "ignore the dream of haste, walking everywhere very slowly and very much at random."
Or this beautiful garden........
Oh, and about Cortona; Although Frances Mayes wrote her book, Under the Tuscan Sun from her home in Cortona, there are parts of Cortona that are actually in Umbria, and a book called "Under the Umbrian Sun" wouldn't have sold nearly as many copies as hers did. Although Cortona is a beautiful little citta, it is overrun with tour buses and touristi looking to recreate the book or movie in their lives.
Last but not least, the food! A simple plate of prosciutto di Norcia with melon and a crisp white wine are just the thing for a perfect summer lunch....no need to reinvent the wheel here, this is a classic, and it's always a winner!
Wishing you a weekend filled with sunshine and joy.