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The gem of Gubbio, Italy – Ristorante Il Turista – owned by the Vento Family!



Tucked away in the mountains of Gubbio, Italy is a gem that many are not aware exists. Il Turista is a charming and beautiful restaurant just minutes away from a 12th century castle hotel with views that take your breath away. Owned by Cosimo and Maria Vento, Il Turista is a family ristorante that makes one feel welcome the moment they walk through the door. Cosimo, a charming and handsome Italian greets his guests with a warm smile, a hearty laugh, and a story about his writing and poetry.

The walls are covered in old paintings, family photos, and autographed 8 x 10’s of celebrities who have eaten there. This makes Cosimo very proud.


Cosimo entertaining guests with his charming stories.

His lovely wife Maria cooks every meal and creates each dish with a loving hand that only an Italian mother could do. Their handsome son Gaudio comes to each table and tells you in a delightful Italian accent that each dish is made fresh to order and Mama is proud to do so.

The food is worth the wait. Not only can you taste the fresh Italian ingredients, you can taste the atmosphere of the surrounding mountains, and you can taste the love that each dish contains.

The pasta is light, delicious, not overwhelming, and the portions are just right. The Crescia which is a traditional “sandwich” of Umbria is one pearl on the menu, and dishes such as pasta with arrabbiata sauce and pasta con funghi, grilled vegetables stuffed with breadcrumbs and grilled meats bring your dining experience to life. The food is fresh and served with delicious flat bread from Urbino. Top it off with wine, espresso, and dessert to create a wonderful dining experience.


Speaking of dessert, the chocolate pie is unlike anything you have ever eaten. Light, flaky, buttery crust bursting at the seams with the most delectable chocolate filling. To say it is heaven would be an understatement.


There is also a comfy couch off to the side that Cosimo will offer to you so you can rest after eating. His sincerity is endearing.

Outside you will find ample parking and don’t be surprised if you find yourself in awe of the view. In the distance are mountains that in the winter are snow-capped and the medieval town of Gubbio is only minutes away with quaint shops and more Italian exquisiteness.


If you are looking for a restaurant that is off the beaten path and not your average fast food chain, you will be pleasantly surprised by Il Turista. With delicious food, warm hospitality, and love from a charming Italian family, at Il Turista, you are family and you are welcome.


Me, with Gaudio Vento, and his parents, Maria and Cosimo.

the-vento-familyThe Vento Family

Roberto, Cosimo, Rossella, Helen, Gaudio, and Maria

Average prices: $8 – $21

Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Barbecue

Restaurant features: Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi

Find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ilturistagubbio/

Trip Advisors reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187907-d3948837-r445398202-Il_Turista-Perugia_Province_of_Perugia_Umbria.html

Received the Award of Excellence!

About Gubbio: Gubbio is in Umbria, Italy, 40 km NE of Perugia and about 65 km S of Urbino in the neighboring region of Le Marche, Italy. The town is beautifully located on the lower slopes of Mt. Ingino. Gubbio is an extremely ancient town mentioned in the famous Eugubine Tablets and was in the past the capital of Umbria.


The town of Gubbio, only minutes away.


 Il Turista

Localita Colonnata | Gubbio, 06024, Perugia, Italy +39 075 927 1055




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Why I Don’t Like Remakes of Old Movies

I grew up in the 1970’s. There were no cell phones, no cable TV, no video games and no Internet.

How on earth did we survive?

Well, I’ll tell you how. I grew up on a farm with tire swings, mud pies and barbie dolls. We lived life outside, we talked to one another and we were not caught up in the drama of reality shows and the “stars” that are created by them.

I loved watching movies too, I still do. I love the old black and white and sometimes sepia tones of the old movies. I love classics and I still believe that the old horror movies with Vincent Price are the best.

So why would someone want to remake these old movies? Is it because the kids today would find them too boring or old school? Or like Steve’s daughter says, “That’s from the old days!” Is it to bring a new generation of audience into their realm hoping to gain more followers?

I say let the kids see the oldies and give them the chance to enjoy them and decide for themselves.

Surely the writers of the world have not run out of ideas. Why recycle the ideas of others? Write new movies!

I have heard enough about the remakes of Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, The Omen, Bonnie and Clyde and so many other favorites of mine but what I found out recently blew me away.

Are they actually considering remaking my favorite horror movie of all time Rosemary’s Baby! What?!?!


This movie is brilliant, pure genius! How can you go wrong with a director like Roman Polanski, writers Ira Levin (novel), and Roman Polanski (screenplay) and stars such as Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon.

I mean it was bad enough to remake (badly I might add) the horror classic “Carrie” by Stephen King. A movie that every teen girl, including myself, made us rethink our decision to go to our senior prom. It was the Jaws of our time!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the prom…

It taught me about bullying and how we should be nice to the strange girl and not make fun of her in gym class. Well, actually I was always a pretty nice person in school but you get the point.

Stop remaking old movies! They cannot compare to the beauty of the originals.

Who could forget Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway racing down the dusty back roads as Foggy Mountain Breakdown played in the background. Or Gene Wilder as the sadistic, lovable chocolate maker or Gregory Peck as Damien Thorn’s father? What about Sissy Spacek as the bloodied prom queen?

The children of this generation will never know such joy.

But then again, most of them will never know the joy of a tire swing or a mud pie either.



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