Annesitaly “Inside Umbria” Celebration: Join Us!
This first “Inside Umbria” adventure for ten persons simply has to be called “a celebration”: we’re celebrating husband Pino’s superb restoration work on our Assisi farmhouse apartments, Assisi Casa Campagna, with an Umbria adventure for ten persons, centered on an astounding medieval “celebration”, the early May Assisi Calendimaggio festival.
With four days of stunning medieval pageantry, the assisani joyously celebrate the arrival of spring. No words – nor photos – can adequately describe the wonders. Live it to feel la passione.
Here’s the itinerary for
Annesitaly “Inside Umbria” Celebration, May 2016:
Our memorable celebratory event starts on May 2nd with a welcome Umbrian rural dinner in our Assisi farmhouse, near the apartments hosting our guests. Before dinner, I will give an introductory talk on Calendimaggio, which takes over Assisi from May 3rd – 7th and is the heart of this unforgettable (I promise!) adventure.
May 3 – Depart at 10 a.m. for Assisi and enjoy a guided tour of the Assisi treasures with me, meeting the “locals” wherever we go, followed by a lunch of Umbrian specialties in a gem of a local trattoria. Afternoon on your own to explore more of Assisi. Van transport back to Assisi Casa Campagna at 5 pm. My talk, “Italians, HANDS ON!” – on Italian lifestyles illustrated through Italian gestures – will conclude our day and open your eyes to Italian lifestyles.
(Note: no dinner planned as lunch is such a filling banquet but on free time in Assisi, those who wish can purchase foods for a late snack prepared on own in our Assisi Casa Campagna apartment kitchens.)
Assisi, “crown jewel” of Umbria’s medieval hilltowns:
May 4 – In the morning, we’ll head to the nearby medieval hill town gem, Spello. Our walk through the artistic treasures of Spello will also include visits to local artisans: a ceramicist, painter, weavers and sculptors. After a banquet wine-tastings, olive-oil tastings, truffles-highlighted lunch in a famous medieval wine cellar in Spello, we’ll head back to Assisi for the first day of the astounding Calendimaggio festival. Light snack on own (in town or at our countryside apartments – as lunch is so abundant, many will skip an evening snack!)
Spello, che bello!
Calendimaggio: medieval May passione reigns in Assisi:
May 5th – Off to Bevagna in the morning to explore Roman and medieval wonders, including a visit to the studio (in a frescoed 17th-c palazzo) of a famous artist. We’ll feast on a lunch of Umbrian specialties in a tiny trattoria before returning to Assisi for Calendimaggio afternoon pageantry.
Bevagna, “undiscovered” medieval splendor, Roman treasures:
Assisi’s Calendimaggio: breath-taking pageantry:
May 6th – Our morning guided tour of Perugia takes in the exquisite medieval sculptural masterpiece, the Great Fountain, as well as frescoed Renaissance guildhalls and the massive 16th- c Papal fortress. And you’ll meet Umberto, too, a “national treasure.” We’ll head back to Assisi in time for a most special lunch in a private garden, prior to the afternoon Calendimaggio festivities.
Perugia, “city of the infinite view”:
Calendimaggio magnificence: more astounding each day:
May 7th – As the astounding Caldendimaggio gran finale events fill the afternoon and evening, all will have a free morning to explore more in Assisi (endless wonders!) or simply rest at our Casa Campagna.
After a festa lunch together in Assisi, we’ll head to our reserved seats in the stands to share in the excitement with “the locals.”
Calendimaggio, gran finale: not to be believed
May 8th – FREE DAY
May 9th – Morning visit to an astounding folk art shrine near Deruta, famous for maiolica since the 13th century. We’ll then visit a small family-run production to learn about this treasured Italian artisan form. Welcoming rural friend, Giuseppa, will cook us a feast at her farm near Deruta. Afternoon on your own: to rest at Assisi Casa Campagna – or to explore Assisi.
Deruta, famous for the art of maiolica:
Meet Giuseppa, an Umbrian highlight:
May 10th – We’ll enjoy a restful last day at our farmhouse, cooking together Umbrian rural goodness.
Afterwards, time for those who wish to head into Assisi or off to other Umbrian hill towns.
Let’s cook together the flavors of Umbria!
We’ll cook up Umbrian goodness together in our farmhouse kitchen – and then feast!
May 11th – Morning free for individual explorations. Lunch on own – but just a sandwich will do! In the afternoon, join me in visits to our rural friends who taught us about how to work the land – and not only – when Pino and I moved to our Umbria farmhouse forty years ago. Our rural visits will conclude with a banquet gran finale farm feast at the home of friends, Marino andChiarina.
Meet our rural friends, “national treasures”:
May 12th – Departure. Buon viaggio… e torna presto! (…and come back soon!)
All trip logistics and arrangements have been arranged in collaboration with my colleague Ashley Turney at L’Esperta. Ashley will be your contact in the States and would be happy to assist with any additional travel arrangements for your stay in Italy.
Do contact me for rates for this Umbria celebration and detailed information. Selling out!