For many years now we come on holiday in Umbria, we visited most of the countries best known as Assisi, Gubbio, Spello … but obviously we have not even left out the small villages that characterize the zone as Panicale, Bevagna, Montone, Collepino … The point of base for our exploration is from years, the B&B “Il Sentiero of Armenzano”
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
I do not know how many of you remember it, but I remind very well these strokes of blue in the fields in front of my grandparents’ house in Armenzano, now unfortunately we see many less, but I still find someone, perhaps near poppies. Let us find together the origins and secrets of this beautiful flower. Cornflower name probably comes from the French “fleur de lys” (flower of lily), the specific name is “Centaurea cyanus” where cyanus comes from greek “kyanos” (substance dark blue), referring to the predominant color of these flowers even if is not the only one.
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
In spring, the Subasio Park is covered with carpets of flowers and herbs. A thousand shades of color appear in the middle of a beautiful green backdrop. This is the best time to immerse themselves in the meadows and gather peasant herbs, after the cold temperatures of winter have mitigated the bitter accent that distinguishes their flavor. In the past it was a characteristic moment of rural culture. Continue reading
The Ascension at the Subasio is a classic apointment among the events of the Assisi’s region. Once again, nature, tradition and spirituality blend together to celebrate an important time of the year.
In Christian tradition, forty days after the resurrection, Jesus ascends to heaven. The population of Assisi and Spello celebrates this date climbing on the summit Continue reading
In the town of Spello, the christian tradition of covering the streets with flowers on the day of Corpus Christi, takes place from decades with devotion, originality and high artistic level, to make the Infiorate of Spello a unique and internationally known event. The Infioratori of Spello working full months for the realization of these creations that will last just a few hours. Beautiful and ephemeral, the Infiorate, completed the early morning of Sunday, dissolves themselves after the passage of the religious procession. Continue reading