January 21 2011 / Local Interest

Medieval Yardsticks

Assisi, Umbria

The Basilica di San Francesco is certainly what draws visitors to Assisi. Unfortunately, many visitors to leave after seeing the


January 11 2011 / Events

La Befana: Ancient Roots, New Twists

Italy

Clutching her broom handle in front of her, an ugly old beneficent witch, La Befana, rides through the starry night


December 21 2010 / Events

Sublime music, sublime setting

Assisi, Umbria

“No more exquisite monument to the Lord has yet been built”, wrote a thirteenth-century historian of the Basilica di San


December 7 2010 / Local Interest

Here comes La Madonna!

Umbria

No, Madonna is not arriving in Assisi but la Madonna is – or so the children believe. As darkness creeps


November 22 2010 / Events

‘Open House’ at the Olive Mills

Umbria

Called “Italy’s green heart”, Umbria is green all year thanks to the non-deciduous live oaks blanketing the mountains of our


November 15 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Monteleone’s “Biga”

Monteleone di Spoleto, Umbria

The name (Mount of the Lion) might seem pretentious for this tiny, nearly abandoned mountaintop village in the Val Nerina


November 5 2010 / Events

Trevi Black Celery Festival

Trevi, Umbria

(…cont’d from part I) The band played and grandparents swayed to the music, grandchildren in their arms while all munched


November 4 2010 / Events

Trevi Celebrates Black Celery

Trevi, Umbria

Throughout October, the picturesque Umbrian hilltown of Trevi celebrates its renowned sedano nero (“black celery”) in a month-long array of


October 20 2010 / Events

The Fiera di San Francesco

Assisi, Umbria

(cont’d from Part I) Traditionally, the fiera offered the farmers an excuse to rest from their labors for a trip


October 4 2010 / Food & Wine

The grapes are in…

Montefalco, Umbria

Harvest started at the end of August for the most noted Umbrian wineries. First grapes picked are chardonnay and early-ripening


July 9 2010 / Events

Flowers of Passione

Spello, Umbria

It all started on a late June Sunday in the early 1900’s when an elderly woman from Spello (Umbria) scattered


June 22 2010 / Events

Acqua di San Giovanni

Umbria

No morning wash is more glorious than that of Umbria’s rural people on the morning of June 24th. On June