Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

Umbria Blog | A wine barrel race in Montepulciano Tuscany

The Bravio delle Botti or the race of the barrels, is an annual race in Montepulciano Tuscany on the last Sunday of August. The Bravio used to be a horse race, but since Montepulciano is famous for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in 1974 the idea was born to run with wine barrels instead. The different quarters of Montepulciano compete against each other to win […]

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Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

Umbria Blog | National Republic Day June 2

The 2nd of June is the “Festa della Repubblica” and is an annual bank holiday in Italy. In 1946 a referendum was held on 2nd and 3rd of June in which people were asked which form of state they wanted after the fall of fascism. Italy became a republic and to this day the 2nd of June is a bank holiday, the “Festa della Repubblica”. […]

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Corsa all’Anello in Narni

Corsa all’Anello in Narni

Every year at the beginning of May is the Corsa all’Anello in Narni. It is a medieval festival dating back to 1371 and walking around here, actually feels like going back to the middle ages. A must see when you’re in Umbria in May. The three districts, Fraporta, Santa Maria and Mezule compete with each other : their best horseback riders have to throw their […]

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Italy event in Holland

Italy event in Holland

I was in the Netherlands this month and attended an Italian event “Sapori d’Inverno”. I enjoyed some hours of Italian atmosfere in Holland! Cooking workshops, winetastings and typical Italian food all made up for a easy going Italian atmosfere. Ferrari’s, catwalks, Ape’s and espresso bars were not to be missed. For a short time I felt like being in Italy! At the event you could […]

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Gaite Market in Bevagna

Gaite Market in Bevagna

Last year I went to the Gaite Market, “Mercato delle Gaite” in Bevagna. It is a fantastic medieval feast, a revival of daily life in the Middle Ages. I loved it so much, I had to go again this year. The medieval village of Bevagna is the perfect background for the Mercato delle Gaite. Its four districts are called “Gaite”: Gaita San Giovanni, Gaita San Pietro, Gaita Santa […]

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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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Foligno pasta event I primi d’Italia

Foligno pasta event I primi d’Italia

It has been a while since I visited Foligno. In 2011, I went to the event La Notte Rosa in Foligno, Umbria. It was crowded with people strolling around, children playing and live music until the early hours. An excellent atmosphere. In Foligno there are quite some shops and nice restaurants. Foligno is well known by the Umbrians, it is close to Montefalco and Bevagna. It […]

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Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna Umbria

Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna Umbria

Such e beautiful experience! I loved it.. Mercato delle Gaite 19-29 June 2014 posted by Sylvia van der Male

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Summer running in Città di Castello

Summer running in Città di Castello

Since a couple of days the Summer began in Umbria. Days are getting longer, people live outside, the restaurants are open until midnight… I love it! Every day it is about 30 degrees. On my terrace with view over the Trasimeno Lake I cannot read my book in the lazy chair anymore. Impossible. On the terrace it feels like being in the Sahara desert! Even the laundry is […]

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Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Festa dell’olio nuovo in Tuoro

Last weekend was party time in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, a small village near the house of my colleague. As normal with these village parties there were quite a few places where one could do some ‘liver maintenance’ or fill the stomach. We could choose from wild boar (pasta or wild boar stew, both very good), fish from the Trasimeno Lake, ‘fagioli con le cotiche’, that […]

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