Umbria Blog | Christmas in Paciano and Panicale

Umbria Blog | Christmas in Paciano and Panicale

On December 8 is the yearly Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Italy. The day before in every small town or city the Italian people prepare the Christmas tree. Many activities and festivities are held around the Christmas season. The squares are transformed into a mix of lights and stalls where vendors sell their handmade gifts. Yearly I visit the Christmas markets in Assisi and Perugia, […]

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Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

I often receive newsletters and activities from the Oasi La Valle, a nature reserve at Lake Trasimeno and a paradise for bird watchers. This time I found an invitation in my mailbox to join a walk organised by a fairly new organisation called Anime Pioniere. They organise walks in nature often in lesser known areas along the Umbria Tuscany border: Trasimeno, Cortona, Città di Castello, […]

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Umbria Blog | Fish restaurant Mugnanese

Umbria Blog | Fish restaurant Mugnanese

Mugnanesi is a very small hamlet set in the municipality of Castiglione del Lago. There are maybe 10 houses and one church. There is no bar, but one restaurant: Osteria di Mugnanese. Osteria di Mugnanese is only open when you’ve made a reservation in the weekend, otherwise you’ll find the restaurant closed. In this osteria one eats the traditional Trasimeno cuisine. They prepare local fish […]

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Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

Epiphany, every year on the 6th January

January 6, Epiphany is an important holiday in Italy. It is the day that the Three Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Traditionally it is the Befana who brings sweets and gifts to children in Italy on January 6th. That morning I had a training with my friends in Chiusi, Tuscany. During the Christmas holidays I only ran three times, hardly worth mentioning, so it was about […]

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A boat trip to Isola Maggiore, Trasimeno Lake

A boat trip to Isola Maggiore, Trasimeno Lake

Since I have been living in Umbria, I always wanted to visit one of the islands on the Trasimeno Lake. There are three islands: Isola Polvese, Isola Maggiore and Isola Minore. Between the mainland and the islands there are regular connections by the Trasimeno Navigation Service. The ferry timetable can be downloaded from the website of Umbria Mobilità (only in Italian). The largest island on the […]

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What about running around the Trasimeno Lake?

What about running around the Trasimeno Lake?

If you are a runner and you find running a marathon not enough, it is possible for you to run 58 km around the Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Which I cannot immagine, because I find 42,195 km already a lot! But there are people who just do it. R E S P E C T! Today, March 9, 2014 was the running event “Strasimeno” The […]

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Sunset today at Tuoro sul Trasimeno

Sunset today at Tuoro sul Trasimeno

– Post by Saskia van der Bolt –

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