Hannibal and the Romans at Lake Trasimeno

Hannibal and the Romans at Lake Trasimeno

At Lake Trasimeno an important historical event took place in the year 217 before Christ, during the second Punic war: Hannibal won from the Romans in a short but fierce battle in which the Roman Consul Caio Flaminio lost his life. We all know the story of Hannibal who left Cartago, the city destroyed by the Romans, to vindicate his people. He marched to Rome […]

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Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

Biking along the Trasimeno Lake

August 15 is a bank holiday in Italy: Ferragosto. This national holiday celebrates the Assumption of the virgin Mary into heaven, the day when Catholics believe that God took the body of Jesus’ mother Mary into heaven to reunite with her son. August is the traditional period for Italians to have their summer holidays. On August 15 many Italians go out for a picknick in […]

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Umbria Blog | Wakeboard at Lake Trasimeno

Umbria Blog | Wakeboard at Lake Trasimeno

Important: The wakeboard park at Lake Trasimeno has moved to San Sisto in Perugia and is now called Perugia Wake Park. Since a few years there is a wakeboard park at Lake Trasimeno.  During this time of the year that we are busy with our summer season, it also is the time that family and friends spend their holiday with us.  By now their children […]

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Visit La Badia in S. Arcangelo

Visit La Badia in S. Arcangelo

On a cloudy day we visited an ancient monastery dating back to the year 1000 overlooking Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. This restored abby “La Badia” has 16 apartments of which two are are made where once the wine cellars were. The convent is in S. Arcangelo, Magione and surrounded by age old olive trees. S. Arcangelo is a small village along the Trasimeno Lake. From the abby you have […]

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Spring in Umbria

Spring in Umbria

I am training for the Rotterdam marathon. I need to run long distances in this period. It is important that I follow my training schedule before running the marathon as well as eat and rest properly. With work and other responsibilities this is not always easy but I like it and I love running. The winter months in Umbria were cold and wet and I do not like running at […]

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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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dinner at Agriturismo Tuoro

dinner at Agriturismo Tuoro

Summer 2014 is coming to an end. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer. We had a lot of rainy days in July and August which is very uncommon. Even the elderly people here can’t remember that much rain during summer. At least, that’s what they say. The Umbrian landscape is still very green with many flowers along the road and in the fields. […]

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Sagra in Umbria

Sagra in Umbria

In Umbria there are many “sagra’s” or village feasts. Focal point of these happenings is food, local food. Sagra’s come in all kinds of varieties, but the main idea is that this is a local party where one can eat some typical local dishes. Often at very reduced prices and always accompanied by local wine. We enjoy visiting the sagra’s in our area. It is […]

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Infiorata 2014

Infiorata 2014

Last Sunday was Corpus Domini, the feast of Corpus Cristi. This is a religious Catholic feast which for obvious reasons doesn’t go by without being noticed in Italy. In Umbria, the town of Spello is famous for its flower exhibitions during Corpus Domini: the “infiorata”. But other villages and towns do also exhibit wonderful flower decorations. Also in my little home town of Tuoro sul […]

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Good Friday in Umbria

Good Friday in Umbria

Though it’s almost 14 years I live in Umbria, I never witnessed a procession on Good Friday. Not being particularly religious it never crossed my mind. Yesterday we thought it would be about time we also participate. Glad I did! It is a very suggestive experience even for non religious people. The whole village turns up and many actively participate, also young people. My son […]

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