When St Francis renounced his worldly possessions and left in quest of spiritual purity, befriending wolves and other animals along the way, it's a mystery whether he was receiving the words of Christ or acting on symptoms of PTSD caused by battle and imprisonment. What's not a mystery is why St Francis felt such a strong connection to nature in hi...

The olive tree stands out among the green hills of Umbria. It's a plant that in many ways represents Umbria, a land capable of preserving centuries-old traditions with love. The tasty PDO Umbria extra-virgin olive oil can best represent the regional gastronomy, rich in poor dishes in which the olive oil, as a "raw" or base for the preparation, hold...

This tradition dates back to 1371 and is held during the celebrations in honor of the patron. On the eve of the race a great costume parade winds through the streets. In the town of Narni, Umbria, takes place every year between the last week of April and the second Sunday of May the re-enactment of an ancient tradition that originated in the fourte...

Città di Castello is a city located in north Umbria, in the province of Perugia. The town’s location in the valley of the Tiber River, and surrounded by the Apennines, is picturesque to say the least. When visiting Città di Castello one can’t help but imagine how the town of all-brick buildings would have looked at the time of the town’s founding,...

It’s the spring show you don’t want to miss: the blooming of colorful flowers on the Piani di Castelluccio plain in Umbria, near Castelluccio di Norcia, taking place every year between May and July. This is where the prized ‘lenticchia di Castelluccio di Norcia IGP’ is grown. The white flowers of the lentils bloom from May to July, along with sever...

In a spacious room enhanced by sunlight, Delia Binaglia methodically adds brushstrokes of color to a fired piece of pottery. Her details are the final touches learned from the antique tradition of majolica ceramics, practiced in the Umbrian town of Deruta. Binaglia, and her husband Antonio Ranocchia, have been creating ceramics for over 60 years, a...

Sarà la volta buona? Lo Stato italiano sta valutando la possibilità di chiedere ufficialmente agli USA la restituzione della Biga di Monteleone, lo splendido cocchio da parata risalente al VI secolo a.C., che fu scoperto nel 1902 a Monteleone di Spoleto dal contadino Isidoro Vannozzi (che la cedette quasi subito ad un italiano per 900 lire e per un...

There is no doubt that religious festivals represent a large part of the traditional Italian heritage. An expression of faith, of course, but also events with a strong social significance and bond of belonging to the community, especially in the South: Leonardo Sciascia, in "Corda Pazza" (Mad rope), about religious festivals wrote that in Sicily th...