Umbria Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
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Umbria Local Customs

  • Living nativities

    As Italy is a very religious country, Christmas is very highly celebrated. And in many Italian cities and villages you will see “living” nativities, where not only puppets are displayed, but real people take over the role of Joseph, Maria and Jesus. I once saw photos of these nativities on Diana’s Vatican page and since then this concept fascinated...

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  • Architect. recycling, very common since...

    I must admit beforehand that I didn’t notice this “recycling” anywhere else before Umbria, but I wasn’t paying attention to this before or it was not as obvious as in Umbria. So I cannot say if it is a local custom specific to this region. Erecting buildings on top of each other was common, yes. But in Bevagna for example I found it very...

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  • S. Francesco’s and S. Benedetto’s...

    During all the time when I drove or wandered through Umbria, its villages and landscape, I had this special feeling which I even cannot describe properly. There is something in the air, no matter if it was raining or if the sun shone. It is something holy in a way, as if someone would very much watch over this part of the world. Already in my first...

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  • Signs of the old political systems

    It alreay fascinated me in Venezia to see differently designed pinnacles at walls or towers (as in photo 4: pinnacle on Arsenale wall). Obviously, my history lessons didn’t went that deep so I only learned about the terms Guelphs and Ghibellines after my Venezia trip. But as soon as I knew the difference, I almost saw them everywhere in Italy since...

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  • Local Medieval traditions – flag...

    When I was in Gubbio, walking in the higher parts of town, I sunndely heard drums. Of course I was curious and followed the sound until I found myself on the piazza where obviously a demonstration of Gubbio’s sbandieratori’s (flag throwers) skills was given. I was very much fascinated by this all and didn’t even realised how cold it was (only later...

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  • Abundance of local festivals – don’t...

    Do you know who is behind Valentine’s Day? Yes, the flower and gift industry nowadays, but did you know that there is actually a person and a story behind this day? San Valentino who was bishop in Terni (southern Umbria) in 3rd century. He was executed for his catholic belief and because he wedded couples. And it is said that he gave flowers to...

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  • Berti

    We chose Assisi to spend our 44th wedding anniversary. We just love the town and it is much nicer in...

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  • Locanda Rosati

    Locanda Rosati is a very similar enchanting retreat, excellent for the sociable visitors. It is a...

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  • Country House Montali

    What a wonderful view from the top of a beautiful hill overlooking Umbria. The rooms were spacious...

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  • Hotel Gattapone

    When I arrived in Gubbio in April 2008, I was a bit exhausted from the road traffic. It was late...

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  • Palazzo Dragoni

    We are here for 2 nights. The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, modern bathrooms. The hosts...

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  • Relais Todini

    Frazione Collevalenza, Todi, Umbria, 06050, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Residenza Porta Guelfa

    ponte delle tavole 2, Bevagna, 06031, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Terme Francescane Village

    Via delle acque , Spello 06038, Perugia, Italy

    Good for: Business

  • Palazzo Seneca

    Via Cesare Battisti, 12, Norcia, 06046, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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