But on arrival in medieval hilltop gem, Gubbio, I knew we’d leave behind serenity for beating drums, blaring bugles, lively band music and an explosion of full-blown passione – as every year on May 15th for la Corsa dei Ceri (“Race of the Candles”)
From morning to evening, riotous passione takes over when the towering wooden Ceri (“candles”) are run up Mount Ingino backdropping Gubbio, by teams of grimacing, panting— and joyous— men, i ceraioli.
The all-day festivities celebrate Ubaldo, 12th-century bishop but ah, what a mixture of Christian traditions and Roman fertility cults! *** Do read here about the Corsa dei Ceri.
How to be anywhere but in Gubbio on May 15th?!