Urban trekking was born from the union of "walking" or "hiking" and the wonders that each Italian town or village offers. Urban trekking is an expression born in Siena in 2003 and a proposal of slow tourism to live the Italian cities intensely. It is not suitable for those who choose "hit and run" tourism. The birth of this expression "urban trekk...

A virtual event on Saturday, March 27 at noon, presented by Anne Robichaud. REGISTER HERE!! Join us live from Assisi to discover ancient traditions connected to Holy Week. Our virtual event begins at noon on Saturday, March 27 (9 am Pacific Time, and 6 pm in Italy.) In Assisi on Good Friday night, locals and clergy begin La Processione del Cristo M...

For an authentic glimpse of other-era Italy, a visit to the country’s small, sometimes very small hill towns (with populations under 1000 and requiring several clicks on Google Maps for their names to come into view), provides the chance to experience a way of life that seems like a post card from gentler times. Despite their size, these medieval a...

Assisi, the ancient Umbrian village in the province of Perugia, is one of Italy's most important artistic, cultural and religious destinations. The town is famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy, and St. Clare, whose religious deeds have contributed to Assisi's fame as an open-air sanctuary, a pilgrimage destination f...

One of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy, the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi is also a Unesco World Heritage site, welcoming visitors as a distinctive landmark as they approach the Umbrian town, birthplace of Francis. The basilica of Saint Francis was built starting from 1228, just two years after Francis’ death, as a...

The Basilica of Saint Benedict, in the central Italian town of Norcia, was almost destroyed during a powerful earthquake in 2016. The coronavirus pandemic brought locals more hardship, but eorts are now underway to bring the basilica – and the symbol of unity it stands for – back to its former glory. Christian devotees believe Saint Benedict, who l...

Città della Pieve is an enchanting little medieval town with a rich historical, cultural and artistic heritage and centuries old craftsmanship tradition. This suggestive town is situated in the province of Perugia in the region Umbria. This region is also known to be the “green heart of Italy”. The natural environment in Città della Pieve is in har...

Eremito, the Hotelito del Alma, meaning “little hotel of the soul,” graces the woods in the heart of a 37,400-acre natural reserve in Umbria, the land where St. Francis of Assisi communed with Brother Wolf and Sister Water. The Chiani River flows below, and deer and wild boar inhabit the forest. Parrano, the closest village, is six miles away. With...

Perugia is the country seat of the Green Heart of Italy, Umbria, a unique and fascinating city. Perugia is strongly influenced by the passage of the Etruscan and the Romans and it offers to the visitors the opportunity to spend not only a cultural but also a gastronomic (it is recognized as the chocolate town because of the presence of the Perugina...

As a prelude to visiting the Sistine Chapel, one could take the train to Orvieto, an hour north of Rome, and view the frescoes which inspired Michelangelo’s Last Judgement. On arrival at Orvieto station, the train prompts the reaction, ‘But where is it?’ Until a look upward reveals the town’s older part perched on a beetling crag. A small funicular...