All posts by Sara Calzolari

The Porziano Castle of Assisi

The Porziano Castle of Assisi

Assisi and the area around the Subasio are for tourists always a new discovery. If you arrive with the intention only to visit the Basilica of San Francesco inevitably comes home with, in the head, a new route for next year. Today is the turn of the Porziano Castle. The small fraction defines the boundary between the City of Assisi and those of Nocera Umbra and Valfabbrica.

Human settlements in the area date back to Roman times and the origin of the name, as in the case of other villages such Continue reading

September 20th, 2016
That ancient house in the woods at Armenzano of Assisi

That ancient house in the woods at Armenzano of Assisi

In Armenzano, village of Assisi, located in the uncontaminated scenery of the Subasio, there are me, my family, my farmhouse and B&B. We inherited and brought up this small estate in scenery of Franciscan memory, in contact with nature that so much inspired St. Francis’s life.

My mother and her ancestors have always lived here and I do not deny to be very attached to this place. Then, my “work” made it, to my eyes, even more beautiful. Here, in fact, I met lovely Continue reading

April 1st, 2016
Saint Bernardino’s feast of Valtopina

Saint Bernardino’s feast of Valtopina

The ancient Valle del Topino in Duchy of Spoleto remembers its medieval past with the Palio of Saint Bernardino, an historic event that takes place the first week of July to commemorate the saint patron against the plague in which citizens of Valtopina have always been devotees.

The Commune was born around centuries XI and XIII by the union of castles, churches, monasteries and hill towns near the Subasio; it is still a country rich in tradition and rooted in its origins, Continue reading

June 23rd, 2016
Joust of the Quintana in Foligno

Joust of the Quintana in Foligno

The Quintana is the joust with the ring most difficult and challenging of Italy and it takes place twice a year in Foligno.

10 districts (Ammanniti, Badia, Cassero, Contrastanga, Croce Bianca, Giotti, La Mora, Molupo, Pugilli, Spada) race for the drape of victory, with its horse-rider combination.

During the competition, each contender has to ride through the insidious track, shaped like an 8, named “Campo de li Giochi” of Foligno. At the intersection of the two diagonals Continue reading

April 11th, 2018
Truffle Market Exhibition – Valtopina

Truffle Market Exhibition – Valtopina

In trade fair area of Valtopina, town near the Subasio Mount, every November, it starts the Truffle Market Exhibition in which, in addition to the precious tuber, they are presented all the culinary excellence of central Umbria.

The event, over the years, has made Valtopina, and the entire territory of the Mount Subasio Community, an important reference point for the commercialization and tasting of white and black truffles.
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September 26th, 2018
Popular festivals of Subasio: San Giovanni, Grosse Cerque, Nottiano

Popular festivals of Subasio: San Giovanni, Grosse Cerque, Nottiano

The popular tradition is much felt in the Mount Subasio area. In June an July, at San Giovanni di Spello, Armenzano, Costa di Trex e Porziano, we celebrate, from several decades, many events by ancient flavour.

The weekend following the June 24, San Giovanni of Spello, known as “Paradise of pink stone”, celebrates its patron St. John the Baptist. This is an event full of initiatives in the sign of the friendship, but especially the Umbrian tradition. Continue reading

June 19th, 2018
Planet Earth Week festival – Geopaleontology Exhibition

Planet Earth Week festival – Geopaleontology Exhibition

The Planet Earth Week is the Italian Geoscience festival (10/14-21/2018) with events all over the country; the Monte Subasio regional park is one of the main protagonist. During this week, a lot of diffent events will take place such as: tours to historical towns, museums, and research institutes as well as hexibitions, conferences, workshops, meetings, brainstorms, and social dinners. Futhermore, childrens and teens will be able to join hands-on-lab experiments, art and music activities Continue reading

October 14th, 2018
Crusher Open – Umbrian Extra virgin oil feast

Crusher Open – Umbrian Extra virgin oil feast

The gastronomy event Crusher Open is the absolute protagonist of the Umbrian November. This month is dedicated to the olive harvest and the extra virgin oil production; it is the most popular typical product of the Assisi‘s area and one of the most characteristic of Umbria.

The brand “Hills Assisi-Spoleto“, the DOP that characterizes this zone, providing for a strict composition of varieties (cultuvar) of olives (Moraiolo of at least 60%, Frantoio and Leccino for a maximum of 30%) which give the oil produced an intense fruity aroma. Continue reading

October 17th, 2018