A visit to the San Francesco woodland “Bosco di San Francesco”

A visit to the San Francesco woodland “Bosco di San Francesco”

Recently I visited one of the most beautiful places in Assisi: the “Bosco di San Francesco”. The famous woods where the saint patron of Italy meditated and prayed. The woodland of Saint Francis can be accessed next to the Basilica di San Francesco. You will see a large stone wall to the right and a wooden door. Through this door one can access the woodlands. […]

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Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

Umbria Blog | UNTO event in Assisi

UNTO stands for Unesco, Natura, Territorio, Olio and is an event in Assisi where the new DOP Umbrian olive oil is celebrated. UNTO is organised around the Frantoi Aperti from October 28 to November 26, 2017. In Umbria this is the period that the olives are picked and the new olive oil is being pressed. Olive oil mills open their doors and  many activities are […]

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Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

Umbria Blog | Villa in Spello

The glorious hills of Umbria are slowly but surely changing to their green colour, the mimosa is blooming everywhere, Spring is in the air! March is still a period of very unstable weather, but the temperatures are pleasant and the days begin to get longer. Many of you already know that we rent out villas in Umbria through our website and we always look for […]

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Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

Half marathon Invernalissima in Umbria

This was the second time I participated in the half marathon Invernalissima. Two years ago I participated and last weekend again. Inverno means winter, hence the name for this race. Invernalissima is a half marathon which always takes place in Umbria before Christmas. It was cold during the race without any sunshine and lots of mist. There were about 1700 participants. The start was in […]

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Celebrate Christmas in Assisi Umbria

Celebrate Christmas in Assisi Umbria

La Magia del Natale, the magic of Christmas, is a yearly event in Assisi. Here are some pictures to get into the Christmas atmosfere. – Post by Sylvia van der Male –

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New holiday rental in Assisi

New holiday rental in Assisi

Assisi is built on the slopes of the mountain ‘Monte Subasio’. Since 1995 it is a protected nature reserve called the Parco del Monte Subasio. In this beautifully green mountain range there are small hamlets, here and there a restaurant, a local bar and quite some holiday rentals spread through the hills. A place where you find peace and harmony, like Saint Francis did 800 years […]

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

The medieval city of Assisi is an important religious destination for many people. It is built at the foothill of Monte Subasio. Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone became known as Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226). In his youth he lived a luxury life. His father was a successful merchant of Assisi, but Francis was not satisfied with his life. At the age of 20 he […]

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The magic of Christmas in Assisi

The magic of Christmas in Assisi

Today December 8th, Italy celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day is an Italian public holiday. The squares and streets transform into magical Christmas markets. A lovely start of the Christmas period. For instance at Assisi. -posted by Sylvia van der Male-

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The Roman Assisi

Saturday the ‘Guide in Umbria’ organised a guided tour in Assisi. This time we explored the Roman. A whole new world! Assisi became Roman on its own accord. The Romans did not need to conquer the town. It was Umbri (before the Romans took over, Umbria was inhabited by Umbri and Etruscans. Roughly the Etruscans lived West of the Tiber and the Umbri East. The […]

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Prison?

Prison?

A rather sad picture … made in Assisi. Mary behind bars (if she is Mary, I am not well introduced in this subject so I might well be wrong …). On the up-side … she is nicely standing in the spring sunlight.

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