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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Strasimeno 2015 marathon

Strasimeno 2015 marathon

International Women’s day is annually held on March 8 “la Festa della Donna”. But today, March 8 2015, was also the day of the 14th edition of the Strasimeno 2015 ultramarathon in Umbria. You can choose up to five distances: 58 km run around the Trasimeno Lake; the marathon finishing in S. Arcangelo (42,195 km); 34 km San Feliciano, half marathon Passignano sul Trasimeno (21,097 km), […]

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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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Spello’s Gold

Spello’s Gold

Last weekend Spello celebrated its “gold liquid” with the Frantoi Aperti. Every year in November this event promotes Umbria’s DOP extra virgin olive oil. Its 17th edition transformed this mediaval hill town into a place of theaters, open markets, art, traditional Umbrian song and dance performances, olive oil tastings (bruschetta with new olive oil, soups and local pastries) and much more. Delicious! On the Sunday afternoon the “Spellani” […]

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October in Perugia

October in Perugia

October … again a summer season gone by just like that. We’ve had some lovely autumn days in October. Chestnuts are on sale again, grapes have been harvested and here and there one starts picking olives. This year though, it will not be a good year for the olive harvest. Lots of olives in this area have been suffering from a mosque that deteriorates the […]

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Foligno pasta event I primi d’Italia

Foligno pasta event I primi d’Italia

From September 25 to 28, 2014 there was the Foligno pasta event I Primi d’Italia. An event dedicated to “pasta” and first courses in general. You could taste over 100 new recipes and see chefs working their food art. Interesting! 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 […]

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Panicale – Fili in Trama

Panicale – Fili in Trama

Last weekend we had visitors over and decided to go to Panicale, a lovely village near Lake Trasimeno and even better to visit for an occasion like the “Fili in Trama”: International Fair of embroidery and lace. I am not particularly into embroidery and lace but must say that the work these -mainly- ladies do is impressive. One needs a lot of skill, patience and […]

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Palio delle Barche

Palio delle Barche

As every year during summer there are many many medieval feasts in Italy. One that probably all of you know is the Palio in Siena, the famous horse race. All these medieval commemorations, though, are worthwhile a visit, also in the lesser known villages and also in Umbria. In many villages the old times relive with historical parades, battles, games and of course local food. Yesterday we […]

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Tasting new olive oil in Spello

Tasting new olive oil in Spello

It is about a month now that people have started harvesting olives in Umbria. Some have already finished, others are still picking olives. During this period there are many events and local markets where you can taste the new olive oil. Bruschetta with new olive oil! Hmmm! During these markets the Umbrian people also promote their local food. For example different kinds of cheeses, sausages, […]

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Plastic Food Art Umbertide

Plastic Food Art Umbertide

Art in Umbertide? Sure why not! This art work was easily accesible as you can find it in a field. The installation consists of bales of plastic junk laid out in a field. So instead of the hay bales, something you normally aspect to see, you see our waste in the field. I guess the idea is to confront the visitors with their own rubbish […]

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