Saint Valentine, patron of lovers, was Umbrian and in Umbria this feast is deeply felt.
The present Valentine’s Day is inspired by the ancient Lupercali on February 15, the feast of the Roman period linked to the purification of the fields and fertility rites. In order for the year was favorable, that day, women and men, followers of God Lupercus, were chosen by lot to forming new couples, who had to live in intimacy for a whole year. The next year it took place a new draw, and it blessed new couples. Around Century V, the Pope annulled the pagan ceremony and he proclaimed, the day before the feast, a new festival in honor of boyfriends, lovers and betrothed, entrusting to St. Valentine, the saint of that day, their care and protection. Continue reading
The Subasio is a land with a strong tradition in forestry and pastoral activities. It’s particularly felt here, as in all of Umbria, the devotion to Saint Anthony Abbot, hermits of Egyptian origin (251 – 357 AD) that the entire Christian civilization considers protector of domestic animals. Praying Saint Anthony helped prevent diseases of the beasts and, in all farming villages, it took place a big feast on the day of its recurrence January 17. Continue reading
Mount Subasio is a paradise for lovers of trekking; there are many excursion opportunities for experts and amateurs. One of the most characteristic is, without doubt, the one that goes up the Marchetto Canyon to discover the spectacular gorges carved by the river.
The eastern side of the park is particularly rich in springs, ditches and streams that allow rainwater to run off from the top of Subasio. Continue reading
The recent restoration of the Roman Aqueduct between Collepino and Spello has made available, for nature lovers, a new pathway suitable for trekking and mountain biking. Natural continuation of the Trail 52 (Collepino – Mount Subasio), the path is almost 5 km long, it starts from below the village of Collepino and it reaches the center of the City of Infiorate (the route has the new identification number 352).
The entrance from Spello is the Fonte della Bulgarella (altitude 313 m), instead, on the opposite side, after arriving at the village of Collepino, Continue reading
Between April and June 2015 we had a holiday dedicated to research and classification of wild orchids in Umbria, in particular those in the area of Mount Subasio. At the beginning we already knew that the territory of the park, thanks to its morphology, the terrain and the absence of herbicides, was an ideal habitat for these beautiful flowers, but what we admired it went beyond our expectations. The number of species of wild orchids present impressed us. Continue reading
Umbria is a mystical land, full of tradition and also of legends. Many stories, passed down orally, have origins that are lost in the memory and, with evanescent borders remain today only in the memories of our grandparents. What I want to propose is a ghost story, of those that are told in winter in the dark in front of a fire. This one took place in a site not well specified near Assisi.
From Armenzano, the heart of the park, there are many paths of CAI linking this Subasio‘s village with the rest of the Umbria (Assisi, Spello, Valtopina, Nocera Umbra, Gualdo). The trail, marked with the number 59(renumbered 359) is short (4 km), but rather technical and one of the most rich in history.
By departing from Armenzano (m759), ancient medieval castle, it go down in an unpaved road that leads to Nottiano, agricultural agglomeration of franciscan memory. Here in 1219, Francis met Blessed John, one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Continue reading
The Italian agrifood has Umbria as a region of excellence. A deep agricultural tradition, a respect for the territory, the quality of products and the delicious cuisine make known our region in the world. In this context, Open Cellars, the event proposed by the Wine Tourism Movement, has in Umbria one of its flagships.
In the Assisiate territory around the Subasio, the culture of the vine has an importance comparable to the olive and local producers have received prestigious awards with quality labels Continue reading