All posts by Sara Calzolari

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
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
Calendimaggio: the Middle Ages lives in Assisi

Calendimaggio: the Middle Ages lives in Assisi

Middle Ages is the temporal container of the Calendimaggio, the feast that involves Assisi every year the first week of May.
The event revives passed traditions and customs:
– Pagan rites celebrating the return of spring and the renewal of the life’s cycle, popular in the ancient Umbrian people;
– Tradition of the “Songs of May”, compositions of dance poems and song in honor of the love and the rediscovered zest for life after the harsh winter, in use since the time of St. Francis;
– Rivalry between Nepis (Guelph) and Fiumi (Ghibellines), the two factions vying for power in Assisi between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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March 19th, 2019
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.

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March 19th, 2019
Gaite Market of Bevagna – medieval Umbria

Gaite Market of Bevagna – medieval Umbria

In late June, the tourists who choose to spend a holiday in Assisi and Subasio Park have as a destination unmissable the Gaite Market of Bevagna. The medieval village, a short distance from Assisi, is most famous for this event that involves the entire city for ten days.
With careful examination of the ancient Statute of the Commune of Bevagna (Mevania), it comes to life a historical reconstruction with unique characteristics.

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March 19th, 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
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