Category Archives: History

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
Roman domus, forum, amphitheater: Assisi hides a small Pompeii

Roman domus, forum, amphitheater: Assisi hides a small Pompeii

Millions of tourists visit Assisi because it is the home of St. Francis: magnificent churches, stone houses rose, antique artwork, fortresses and monasteries. There is, however, an equally beautiful city, little known, hidden among the medieval remains: is the Roman Assisi.

In the era of ancient Rome, in fact, Asisium was an important reference for the territory, wealthy merchants who owned luxury villas inhabited it and it was renowned as a thermal town. The roman domus, Continue reading

February 16th, 2017
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
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 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
Blessing of the animals – Saint Anthony’s Dish

Blessing of the animals – Saint Anthony’s Dish

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

December 12th, 2018
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 5th, 2018
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 13th, 2018