Open Cellars, Calici di Stelle – Umbria and the wine

Open Cellars, Calici di Stelle – Umbria and the wine

The Italian agrifood has Umbria as a region of excellence. A deep agricultural tradition, a respect for the territory, the quality of products and the delicious cuisine make known our region in the world. In this context, Open Cellars, the event proposed by the Wine Tourism Movement, has in Umbria one of its flagships.
In the Assisiate territory around the Subasio, the culture of the vine has an importance comparable to the olive; local producers have received prestigious awards with quality labels such as “Villa Fidelia” Red.

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March 19th, 2019
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
Excursion from Assisi to Spello along the Trail of Mortai

Excursion from Assisi to Spello along the Trail of Mortai

Trekking lovers get ready; today we’ll do the crossing of Mount Subasio from Assisi to Spello for the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) trails. The journey is long but not difficult and concentrates within it the best that Umbria has to offer: the historical and architectural wonders of two of the most beautiful medieval towns in the region, the Franciscan spirituality of the hermitages, the pristine nature, the landscape, and the traditions.

To complete the path, it is necessary a full day of walking (6-7 hours). On the foothills of Subasio Continue reading

April 28th, 2016
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
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
Valtopina – Show of Hand Embroidery and Artisanal Textile

Valtopina – Show of Hand Embroidery and Artisanal Textile

Appointment related to tradition and territory, the Show of Hand Embroidery and Artisanal Textile of Valtopina is a highly significant event for the district of the Subasio and beyond. Together with the Fair on the truffle, they make Valtopina an exhibition center with the quality and typicality of Umbrian agriculture and handicrafts.

The exhibition is organized by the School of Embroidery, born in Valtopina in 1996 to Pro Loco Association initiative. The school has the intention of recovering the art of embroidery, Continue reading

July 5th, 2018