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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
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
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
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
Eurochocolate, Perugia and the International Festival of Chocolate

Eurochocolate, Perugia and the International Festival of Chocolate

Perugia, home of the Perugina, is a city with an ancient tradition of chocolate production and in October welcomes greedy and curious with the International Festival of Chocolate. In Perugia it was born the most famous sweet in the world, the Kiss (in the past used to be called punch) and from few decades it proposes Eurochocolate, a manifestation full of events, with a program that is renewed every year and is an excellence in this field, so that it was chosen as Official Content Provider in the Cocoa and Chocolate Continue reading

October 8th, 2018
The Christmas of Assisi – Nativity, markets, many lights and colors

The Christmas of Assisi – Nativity, markets, many lights and colors

In December the Umbrian cities are dressed of light and color. In places like Assisi and Spello, which thanks to their conformation already normally resemble nativity scenes, you can feel the real atmosphere of Christmas. Looking at the festively decorated shops, I recall the memories of my childhood and the wait for the day, for me, the most beautiful time of the year.
For the Christmas season, in the area, there are numerous initiatives and attractions
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November 22nd, 2018
Living Nativity of Armenzano

Living Nativity of Armenzano

The Living Nativity of Armenzano is among the longest-lived of Assisi Christmas pageants. In the small medieval village inside Subasio Park, local people remember the most important moments related to the birth of Jesus: the Angel’s announcement to Mary, the doubts of Joseph, Mary to Elizabeth, the anger of Herod for the new Messiah , the Census, the arrival of the Three Kings. The acted scenes are alternated by interludes of everyday life
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November 22nd, 2018