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. Continue reading Gaite Market of Bevagna – medieval Umbria
With careful examination of the ancient Statute of the Commune of Bevagna (Mevania), it comes to life a historical reconstruction with unique characteristics.
The Umbrian beginning of summer is full of appointments related to music; Festival dei Due Mondi, Umbria Jazz, Cambio Festival, and Trasimeno Blues are events of international level that any enthusiast shouldn’t be missed. Temporally close together (around July), the four events are, in effect, only the most famous of the many festivals of music and entertainment spread across the region and they highlight a cultural and artistic movement very broad and varied. Continue reading Jazz, blues, theater: summer in Umbria between art and music
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 Infiorate of Spello – Corpus Christi between flowers and art
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 Hispellum and the Roman era: gladiators, rites, pageants and banquets
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 Eurochocolate, Perugia and the International Festival of Chocolate
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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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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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. Continue reading Valentine’s Day, feast of lovers in Umbria