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Narcissus between nature and myth

Narcissus between nature and myth

I dedicated the previous article to the cornflower because it’s my favorite flower, now we talk and know more closely, the king and the undisputed symbol of Subasio: the Narcissus.

Its name is synonymous of self-esteem, vanity and alas inability to love. Ovid, in the third book of the Metamorphoses, tells the story of this beautiful young man, son of the river Cephisus and the nymph Liriope. Many were the suitors of Narcissus, including the nymph Echo, who because of her loquacity  Continue reading

January 24th, 2015
Subasio – coexistence between man and flora

Subasio – coexistence between man and flora

Man’s relationship with Mount Subasio also concerns the flora; on one side the practice of tillage and sheep and on the other the culture collection especially of flowers, over the years have led to the disappearance of many plant species and the presence of other. After the Middle Ages in fact there has been a depletion of the variety and amount of vegetation on the mountain; the real work of reforestation began during the First World War Continue reading

January 24th, 2015
Valentine’s Day, feast of lovers in Umbria

Valentine’s Day, feast of lovers in Umbria

Saint Valentine, patron of lovers, was Umbrian and in Umbria this feast is deeply felt.

The present Valentine’s Day is inspired by the ancient Lupercali on February 15, the feast of the Roman period linked to the purification of the fields and fertility rites. In order for the year was favorable, that day, women and men, followers of God Lupercus, were chosen by lot to forming new couples, who had to live in intimacy for a whole year. The next year it took place a new draw, and it blessed new couples. Around Century V, the Pope annulled the pagan ceremony and he proclaimed, the day before the feast, a new festival in honor of boyfriends, lovers and betrothed, entrusting to St. Valentine, the saint of that day, their care and protection.

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January 10th, 2019
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
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