Category Archives: History

Hiking to summit of Subasio and from Stazzi to San Giovanni

Hiking to summit of Subasio and from Stazzi to San Giovanni

Let’s talk again about hiking on Mount Subasio Park, nature, history and peasant life. In fact, until the mid-twentieth century, the existing hiking trails were ways of communication and services for the inhabitants of the “mountain”, accustomed to living daily in a mixture of hate and love with the rugged nature that surrounded them.

Over the centuries, the Trail 53(renumbered 353) and 55(355), the two routes of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) taken into consideration in this article, have been covered countless times by hardworking farmers Continue reading

April 28th, 2016
Feast of St. Anne at Paradiso place

Feast of St. Anne at Paradiso place

In Paradiso place, a town near Assisi, and close to the Park of Mount Subasio, in July, there is a festival whose origins are lost in the memory: the Feast of St. Anne.

It is thought to date back it to the seventeenth century. The writer Vittorio Falcinelli in the book “Per ville e castelli di Assisi” handed down an ancient legend about it. In a far July 26, some of the faithful of St. Anne who lived in Petrata (town near Paradiso), while on their way to the nearby celebration, Continue reading

July 10th, 2019
Roman Aqueduct, trekking Collepino-Spello

Roman Aqueduct, trekking Collepino-Spello

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

April 28th, 2016
Subasio and legends – Ghost monks

Subasio and legends – Ghost monks

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.
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January 24th, 2015
Hispellum and the Roman era: gladiators, rites, pageants and banquets

Hispellum and the Roman era: gladiators, rites, pageants and banquets

Hispellum is an event that reminds an important part of the history of Spello, when in the fourth century A.D., under the reign of Constantine, the city experienced a moment of prestige, becoming the federal capital.

At that time, the communities of Umbria, although administered by the Roman Empire, maintained a strong sense of attachment to their traditions, preserving cults and rituals characteristic of their people. In the “Rescript of Constantine” Continue reading

June 21st, 2019
Feast of Pardon at the Porziuncola of Santa Maria degli Angeli

Feast of Pardon at the Porziuncola of Santa Maria degli Angeli

For over seven centuries the 1 and 2 August, in Santa Maria degli Angeli, it is celebrated the Feast of Pardon, one of the highlights of the year for the entire community of Assisi. Visiting the Porziuncola in these two days, the pilgrims can receive the gift of the plenary indulgence, the forgiveness of all their sins.

Tradition says that one night in 1216, St. Francis, as he was praying in the little church of the Portiuncula, saw above the altar Christ and the Virgin Mary, surrounded by angels. Continue reading

July 2nd, 2019
St. Clare, the Patron Feast and Palio of Saint Rufino

St. Clare, the Patron Feast and Palio of Saint Rufino

August 11 is the anniversary of two important saints for the city of Assisi: St. Clare, female mirror of San Francesco and favorite sister of the Saint, and S. Rufino, the first bishop of Assisi, martyr, preacher, promoter of Christianity in Umbria and Patron citizen.

Of the many episodes in the life of Clare Offreducci, founder of the Poor Clares, in the folk tradition two of them remain etched in memory. The first is the liberation, with the intercession of God, of Assisi from the Saracen troops Continue reading

July 2nd, 2019
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