I’ve decided it’s time to offer more than just Umbrian hilltown guided tours. After all, my love for Umbria is... View article
Anne's Blog / Guided Hilltown Visits
“I have a dream…” – and I’ve had one for many years: I’d like to share Umbria with a small group... View article
You might “save the date” for a wedding, an anniversary or another milestone. And when coming to Umbria, make your... View article
We took the motorcycle to Gualdo Tadino at the end of September to a medieval festivals where donkeys star (a... View article
I’ll never be anywhere but in Gubbio on May 15th for the indescribable Corsa dei Ceri (“Race of the Candles”).... View article
“E vien Calendimaggio..” As the medieval ballad intones, “Calendimaggio will soon be here.” All over Assisi, you’ll see the signs... View article
Head to Gubbio during the first days in May and you’ll see signs of “Ceri fever” all over town. May... View article
As you come out of the long tunnel connecting the North Umbrian Valley to the Nera River Valley, you've left civilization behind and entered another world: of wooded gorges, craggy limestone cliffs and medieval hill towns hanging precariously off stony outcrops. Most of these villages are now nearly abandoned: hardy farmers, resilient shepherds once took on the challenges of eking out a living here. They had little choice... read more...
Assisians are excited about the new Pope, who has taken the name of San Francesco, patron saint of Italy... and will be here for la Festa di San Francesco on October 4, 2013! Assisi hotels now selling out and I am excited about the special tour I am offering on that day. Will we see the Pope? Hope so! You may be surprised to learn that Francesco is NOT the patron saint of Assisi: that honor goes to San Rufino, 3rd- c. Christian bishop and martyr, buried on the site of the Cathedral di San Rufino, 12th-c Romanesque wonder. read more...
Montefalco, noted for its fine Sagrantino wines, loom-woven linen textiles and the stunning Museo of San Francesco, hides many a secret as well. Suor Giovanna is one. She remains - for me - a Montefalco highlight. An Augustinian nun and follower of St. Clare of Montefalco, 14th- century medieval saint, she lives in cloister in the convent attached to the Church of St. Clare. read more...
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)