Many are the events to enjoy in Umbria in any period of the year. Food and wine, art and music can fulfill every desire and curiosity, for a unique and satisfying stay, where guests are able to appreciate the beauties of Umbria, impossible to find elsewhere.
The Umbria Jazz Festival is undoubtedly one of the most important Italian and international musical events.
Every summer, in July, the Festival draws in Umbria, and in particular in Perugia, many fans from all over the world, allowing them to enjoy a musical performance at the highest level in a unique environmental setting.
Begins to warm up the engines edition of Umbria Jazz in Perugia, July prossimio Arena Santa Giuliana in Perugia. To open the dances are the new advances provided on the program, from the organizers, on the eve of an event by now usual for the summer Perugia, the first edition of Umbria Jazz in 1973.
The INFIORATE “(the one of its kind in Italy for the particular technique), of Spello is a tradition rooted in time.This traditional artistic event was later transformed, some centuries ago, in homage to Corpus Christi, decorating with flowers the roadway path of the religious procession. The Infiorata recalls the ancient tradition of decorating the streets with flowers for the passage of the procession. This tradition, born from the popular devotion, has turned more and more into an event of very high artistic level.
To prepare the flowers for the Infiorate means to collect every season herbs and flowers to create floral works even more complex and different from year to year. Teams of “Infioratori” work for the preparation of drawings and harvest of flowers, especially in springtime; they gather on Mount Subasio to look for suitable plants to recreate those color combinations that makes the Infiorate of Spello so famous. The Infiorate are flower carpets representing liturgical figurations and ornamental motifs. It requires weeks of work, but they are relized with fresh flowers in just one night. Using only flowers and fragrant herbs, figures and ornamental motifs are of brilliant colors and subtle shades.
Masterpieces of the artistic creativity of Spello, the Infiorate create, with their colors and scents, a show of great beauty in the city streets.
The Due Mondi Festival in Spoleto has always tried to offer new and cutting-edge performances respecting the classical tradition. In addition, many spaces and architectural views, in Spoleto, help to create a unique dualism between ancient and contemporary art. Spoleto is a real theater-like city, where, once again, guests will feel not just as spectators, but actors in a special emotion, made of nature, architecture, culture. The places where the concerts are take place are: the seventeenth-century Teatro Caio Melisso, the big New Theatre of the XIXth century, the outdoor Roman Theatre and the gorgeous Piazza Del Popolo. The Festival deepens and broadens its necessary vocation showcase offering shows dedicated to young people as well as the most signinifcative ones.
The Corsa dei Ceri (Race of the Candles) of Gubbio is undoubtedly one of the most famous festivals in the world: it is the most stunning, the most exciting, the craziest race you will ever attend.
It takes place on May 15th, the eve of St. Ubaldo day.
The Ceri are three enormous wooden octagonal machines about 7 meters high, each with a statue of a Saint on top: St. Ubaldo, patron of masons, S. Giorgio patron of merchants, Sant’Antonio Abate patron of farmers.
The Ceraioli that carry those heavy Ceri are dressed in bright colors and wear fezzes, handkerchief, red scarf at the waist, white trousers and shirt – yellow for St. Ubaldo, blue for St. Giorgio, black for St. Antonio.
The ceremony of the festival is complex and remains unchanged through the centuries: in the morning of May 15th, the sound of drums wake up the Captain, after the delivering of bounches of flowers to the old Ceraioli, the parade through the streets of the city starts, arriving in Piazza della Signoria.
At midday the bell of Palazzo dei Consoli rings and the lift of the Candles takes place; at 6.30pm the extraordinary race starts along the descent of via Dante; after a stop in Piazza della Signoria the Candles make three “birate” (they run three times around the square) and and run up to the Basilica of St. Ubaldo, on the slope of Mount Igino.
The winner is not the first to arrive and to enter the church, St. Ubaldo must always arrive first, with the others following without changing the starting order.
The name “guaita” or “gaita” comes from an ancient Lombard word thar means “guard”. The name Gaita includes the four districts in which Bevagna and the surrounding area were divided. The festival, that take place the last week of June, lives its most significant moment in the market days through the main square along the two main streets.
While respecting the data provided by historical knowledge, every gaita characterizes its own market. So you can see from seemingly poor preparations in which only local products are offered, to more complex solutions, where it’s possible to see craftsmen working.
The streets are crowded with stalls and are full of the noise of the shops in which the visitor can find fabrics, leather items, basketry, cordage, paper, iron, copper handmade candles and even cheese, fish, freshly baked bread, buns .
One of the events not to be missed for those who come in Umbria is undoubtedly the Quintana Tournament, which takes place in Foligno in June and September.
The race is exciting and unleash the enthusiasm of thousands of spectators. It’s the time of challenge among the knights of the 10 districts in which Foligno is divided, to win the Palio. The Tournament of the Quintana, without any doubt, is the most exciting and difficult race that takes place in Italy. The horse-rider couple must run across the treacherous path of 754 meters, surrounded by flags. At the intersection of the two diagonals is the statue representing the god Mars with his right arm outstretched. On the hook under the clenched fist, are hanging rings to be catched. There are three rounds with rings that progressively become smaller. Those of the first session are 8 inches, then 6 and even 5 for the third round. The winner is the rider who ends the course without penalty and in the shortest time possible.
But Quintana is not just a race. The night before the Tournament through the streets of the city center runs the parade with 800 characters in sumptuous baroque costumes, strictly faithful to the dictates of fashion and the iconography of the time. In the two weeks preceding the Carousel, the city comes alive with the opening of 10 taverns where you can taste the typical dishes of the seventeenth century that enhance the quality of local products. The atmosphere is exciting and the viewer is accompanied on an unforgettable journey back in time.
The cultivation of the vine in the Montefalco area, dates back to Roman times. However it seems that only later some Franciscan friars have reported from Asia Minor the vine Sagrantino, replacing it in the vineyards of Sangiovese.
This rare and precious grapes, that grow only on the hills around the town, make possible to add the Sagrantino di Montefalco wine in the panorama of Italian wines. Not to be missed this sublime red wine .
Only in the area of Montefalco, covering more than 16,000 acres, in great location and particular geological carachteristics, the grape variety Sagrantino grows; other grapes are still cultivated, such as, for example, Sangiovese.
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Discover Umbria and its treasures, recreation opportunities, appointments, places that make our region unique.
Enjoy the typicality of the territories and the good food and appreciate the heritage of a craft wise.
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Antiques market in Umbria
Several exhibitors meet every month in different towns of Umbria.
Strolling among the stalls of antiques, modern art and design, including important items and small curiosities, it’s also a good opportunity for tourists to visit the local town centers, museums and monuments and taste the many regional delicacies.
Besides finding antique furniture, old paintings, objects for amateur newspapers, books, coins and vintage prints.
Calendar of Markets:
Acquasparta (TR) – Antiques Market – Period: third Sunday of each month
Corciano (PG) – National Exhibition Antiques and Collectibles – Period: late August
Città di Castello (PG) – Fair junk and antiques market – Period: every first Saturday and Sunday of the month
Narni (TR) – Antiques Market – Period: every third Saturday and Sunday of the month
Perugia (PG) – Antiques Market – Period: every last Saturday and Sunday of the month
Pissignano, Campello sul Clitunno (PG) – Antiques market – Period: every first Sunday of the month
Todi (PG) – Antiques Market – Period: every second Sunday of the month