All posts by Sara Calzolari

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of Italy – October 4

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of Italy – October 4

The October 4 it’s celebrated St. Francis Patron of Italy and, in his hometown Assisi, it is a particularly felt recurrence.

It commemorates the death of one of the most beloved saints in the world, who took off everything to marry “Lady Poverty” and to live in imitation of Christ. Francis is one of the precursors of Italian literature with the Canticle of the Creatures, he is the protagonist of one of the most beautiful chants of Dante’s Paradise, and he has the merit of having saved the Catholicism Continue reading

September 20th, 2019
Onion Festival of Cannara

Onion Festival of Cannara

Here we are talking about another absolute excellence of Umbria: the onion and the festival dedicated to it which takes place every September in the historic center of Cannara.

This town, although not in the main circuit of cultural and tourism visits of Assisi and surroundings, can boast of illustrious historical past with churches, medieval buildings, museums, archaeological excavations of the Roman era, and important Franciscan sites. But what distinguishes Continue reading

September 11th, 2019
Excursion from Armenzano at Valentino’s Mill, along the Anna

Excursion from Armenzano at Valentino’s Mill, along the Anna

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

April 28th, 2016
Excursions on Subasio: Marchetto Canyon

Excursions on Subasio: Marchetto Canyon

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

April 28th, 2016
Eurochocolate, Perugia and the International Festival of Chocolate

Eurochocolate, Perugia and the International Festival of Chocolate

Perugia, home of the Perugina, is a city with an ancient tradition of chocolate production and in October welcomes greedy and curious with the International Festival of Chocolate. In Perugia it was born the most famous sweet in the world, the Kiss (in the past used to be called punch) and from few decades it proposes Eurochocolate, a manifestation full of events, with a program that is renewed every year and is an excellence in this field, so that it was chosen as Official Content Provider in the Cocoa and Chocolate Continue reading

September 11th, 2019
Paragliding in Two: flight on Subasio Park

Paragliding in Two: flight on Subasio Park

Subasio overlooks the town of Assisi and the valley of the central Umbria, it is a fantastic place to practice paragliding and hang gliding, and it is common to see the experts fly over the Seraphic Civitas. You observe them and think how exciting it would be stay up there with them!

From several years, a group of riders with proven flight experience, shares his passion, allowing everyone a unique experience in a unique place.  Continue reading

June 12th, 2018
Open Cellars, Calici di Stelle – Umbria and the wine

Open Cellars, Calici di Stelle – Umbria and the wine

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; local producers have received prestigious awards with quality labels such as “Villa Fidelia” Red.

Continue reading
March 19th, 2019
Excursion from Assisi to Spello along the Trail of Mortai

Excursion from Assisi to Spello along the Trail of Mortai

Trekking lovers get ready; today we’ll do the crossing of Mount Subasio from Assisi to Spello for the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) trails. The journey is long but not difficult and concentrates within it the best that Umbria has to offer: the historical and architectural wonders of two of the most beautiful medieval towns in the region, the Franciscan spirituality of the hermitages, the pristine nature, the landscape, and the traditions.

To complete the path, it is necessary a full day of walking (6-7 hours). On the foothills of Subasio Continue reading

April 28th, 2016