Three consecutive days and the same number of appointments for residents and tourism of Umbria: October 31 is Halloween, new and cheerful party with fancy dress evenings in the streets, in the squares and in the nightclubs of the major urban centers. On November 1 is All Saints’ Day, an important religious occasion with solemn liturgical celebrations but also convivial and aggregation appointments. To anticipate the holidays, the day before, the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli offers the Fair of All Saints Continue reading
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
In the beginning there were brambles …
Everything began on August 1st, 1988, when a young couple from Lombardy, my parents Elisabetta and Pierangelo, settled in one of the houses of Falcione Basso, a group of houses nearArmenzano, the far eastern edge of the town of Assisi, on the hills surrounding Monte Subasio. It was a choice in contrast to the trend of a period when the depopulation of mountain areas had arrived at a peak, and houses and fields were the undisputed reign of brambles and nettles. This had been an abandoned area for the past few years,
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.
The gastronomy event Crusher Open is the absolute protagonist of the Umbrian November. This month is dedicated to the olive harvest and the extra virgin oil production; it is the most popular typical product of the Assisi‘s area and one of the most characteristic of Umbria.
The brand “Hills Assisi-Spoleto“, the DOP that characterizes this zone, providing for a strict composition of varieties (cultuvar) of olives (Moraiolo of at least 60%, Frantoio and Leccino for a maximum of 30%) which give the oil produced an intense fruity aroma. Continue reading
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”
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