Local festivals

Crossbows: Calendimaggio Preview

You know that our Calendimaggio festival is days away when you see the Assisi crossbowers taking aim at their targets in Piazza Santa Chiara. Click here for more on Calendimaggio Click here for more on the Assisi crossbow competition  

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Orvieto in December : What Magic!

If you’re in Umbria in December, head to Orvieto to rock out with the locals at Umbria Jazz Winter.

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Montone’s Woodland Flavors – and More

If you’re in Umbria in late October, early November, head to the charming walled medieval town of Montone for their celebration of woodland flavors. Click here to read all about the Montone festival

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NO, A Truffle is NOT Forever..

…but, do enjoy them while they’re around. And if you’re in Umbria in November, don’t miss the celebration of truffles – and more! – in the tiny mountain village of Valtopina in late November. Click here to read more about this not-to-miss-event.

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In September, La Passione Reigns in Gualdo Tadino

North of Assisi on the road to Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino is perched on a hillock. If you stroll the town, you’ll find winding medieval backstreets, medieval churches – and even a feudal fortress. But the overall impression is a more modern one: right on a fault, Gualdo Tadino has risen from earthquake rubble again and… View Article

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Scheggino “Dew”

Guazza is best translated as “dew”, those droplets of moisture condensed from the atmosphere at night, so what better word to describe a liquidy sauce or broth in which meat or fish is cooked? In our many visits to Sicily over the years, ‘we’ve relished the tasty seafood guazzetti of mussels, clams, shrimp, mullet and… View Article

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Near Perugia, a Picantissimo Festival

Some scholars affirm that the late Etruscan life-sized bronze sculptural masterpiece, “the Orator” (now in the Museo Nazionale Aracaelogico di Firenze) was found near Tuoro on Lake Trasimeno. But you can’t convince anyone in Pila (near Perugia) of that: as you enter the Parco dell’Arringatore, a sign next to the wrought iron gate affirms that… View Article

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Assisi’s Floral Passion: Ageless

  For the Feast of Corpus Domini (or Corpus Cristi), astounding floral tapestries carpet medieval alleyways of Spello, Cannara, Bolsena and Assisi (and not only) as if perfumed runners of intricate designs had been rolled out to welcome an important guest. That “guest” is Christ: in solemn procession, the Host in the monstrance will be… View Article

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Gubbio’s Corsa dei Ceri: Once in a Lifetime?

You’ll understand why the people of Gubbio (eugubini) are affectionately called “i matti dell’Italia” (“the mad ones of Italy”) if you ever see those three teams of hundreds of men racing 700 lbs + up the mountain in crazied frenzy on May 15th. But the more you learn about the astounding Corsa dei Ceri, the… View Article

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Assisi’s Calendimaggio: Where Young Passione Reigns

Calendimaggio, 2014 is over and la Magnifica Parte de Sotto won. The young teens of la Nobilissima Parte de Sopra are still lamenting their loss over gelati or expressi in the local cafes. And the younger ones are still simply revelling in the joy of participating, no matter what their Parte, in Assisi’s astounding three-day… View Article

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