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Save Those Festival Dates!

Date: April 24, 2015 - categories: , , - 3 Comments

You might “save the date” for a wedding, an anniversary or another milestone. And when coming to Umbria, make your stay unforgettable by “saving the date(s).” Which ones? Time your trip to include a wondrous festival. They animate Umbria nearly all year round as you can see here.

Here are a few of Umbria’s “star” festivals:

Good Friday in Assisi


Cross-bearer, drummer lead the faithful in morning procession

Assisi’s medieval festival, Calendimaggio in early May



La Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio, May 15



Le Infiorate in Spello (sixty days after Easter, i.e., the Feast of Corpus Domini)



Bevagna’s late June medieval festival, il Mercato delle Gaite



Perugia’s Umbria Jazz festival in July



Foligno’s “First Courses” festival in late September


October 4, Feast of St. Francis in Assisi



Trevi’s “ Black Celery” festival, mid/late October

Celery bruschetta - a winner


Assisi’s November olive oil festival, UNTO



Valtopina’s late November truffle festival

Legumes of every variety at this fair

Truffles are the heart of this food festival

Christmastime in Assisi

An Assisi cafe' in Christmas simplicity

Assisi's main square with Christmas lights

Umbria Jazz, Orvieto, in late December/early January


FUNK OFF...cold street music

…and food festivals – le sagre – animate Umbrian villages and hill towns from April to the end of November, each one centered on a local culinary star. The sagra “culinary litany” includes: a prized legume, wild asparagus, wines (of course!), la porchetta, cheeses, pici pasta, hot chili peppers, celery, olive oil (more than one festival!), local beans, mushrooms, hazelnuts, honeys, saffron, chestnuts, white truffles and black truffles. And that’s just a start…!



Whenever you come to Umbria, don’t miss sharing the Umbrian goodness with “the locals.”

And for more news on all Umbria’s wondrous festivals, click here.


  • teresita barnett says:

    I would like info on the olive oil festival.
    Thank you

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Teresita, please do write me an email and let me know when you are in Umbria as there are various olive oil festivals in the fall

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Teresita, pls send me an email letting me know when you are in Umbria as there are so many olive oil events!

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