Maria Grazia obtained a degree in Literature and Art History in the 1950’s at the Università degli Studi di Roma; she lives and works between Perugia and Torgiano where in the 1970’s she has created, on the basis of wide-spread and attentive research and with rigorous scientific methodology, the Wine Museum and in more recent years, the Olive and Oil Museum. Both museums, thanks to her far-sighted outlook and her know-how in the fields of museography and museology, have become a veritable case history.
Thanks to her untiring activity and together with the qualified wine production of the Lungarotti winery, testimony and fulcrum of a cultural openness for supporting the agricultural and tourist economy of the territory, we can now say that the term “wine tourism” was born 40 years ago in Torgiano.
Maria Grazia, with an intellectual fascination and vivaciousness that enchants everyone who has the pleasure to meet her, is director of the Lungarotti Foundation. In addition to numerous engagements and recognition in various cultural circles in Italy, she has been awarded by the President of the Italian Republic the title of “Benemerito della cultura e dell’arte” for her activities in favour of Cultural property, the title of “Commendatore dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica italiana” and most recently, the highest honour conferred by the President of the Italian Republic: “Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana”. She has also directed numerous projects of environmental recovery and the construction of facilities that now allow tourists to follow unusual itineraries aimed at a cultured knowledge of Umbria.