Saffron cultivation has survived in a few areas of Italy, notably the Abruzzi and Sardegna, and now people are working to reestablish the saffron crop in Sicily, San Gimignano and Città della Pieve.
Città della Pieve is famous for being the birthplace of Perugino, Umbria’s most important 15th century painter who used saffron to create the yellow for his paintings. Città della Pieve had faded away as a saffron producer but has reemerged and is promising to overtake the Abruzzi in saffron production.
Flavor of Italy leads a tour to Città della Pieve every fall for the saffron harvest. Tour participants will take part in the harvest process, tour the city and dine on a meal made from start to finish using saffron.
The Saffron harvest takes place in October or November, so make your plans and come along with us!
There’s much to see in the charming town of Città della Pieve so you might want to stay for a few days.