Hunter’s moon

luna_c_lagoThis is a picture of the church in the old town with the full moon behind it, taken last night! The Church of Santa Maria Maddalena was built in the early 19th century on the ruins of a medieval church. It contains frescoes by Pier Mariano Vittori (1817-1888) with the collaboration of Alceste Ricci, as well as an alterpiece depicting the ‘Madonna and Child, St. Anthony Abbot and Saint Mary Magdalene’ produced in 1500 by Eusebio da San Giorgio (1470-1550), a pupil of Perugino (1450-1520). This painting was at the centre of a heated debate some years ago as some attributed it to Raphael (1483-1520)!

Harvesting grapes and celebrating wine

festa_uvaUmbria is famed internationally for its excellent wine and with Tuscany and its own phenomenal bottles just down the road, there is more than one reason to celebrate grape picking season. September is a month full of ‘sagre’: festas and get togethers held in small villages. The latest is Pozzuolo’s Mostra Agricola Artigianale del Trasimeno, also know as the Festa dell’Uva. Stalls sell local produce and visitors are invited to join in wine tasting sessions, and sample local cheeses and cold cuts. The different parts of the village then compete in a number of races, wheelbarrows and giant wine corks are pushed up hills and on the last day, huge wine bottles carried by four runners go cantering across the green. A sight for all to enjoy before getting in line to order delicious food cooked by the locals – the pici sauce in Pozzuolo for instance is prepared by a great-grandmother who refuses to share her culinary secrets!

August is available…

Girasoli by Ferdinando MainoJust to let you know that we have just had a massive one month cancellation from Saturday 9 August to Saturday 6 September 2014 :( So in case you were interested but found we were booked up, think again as our summer world has just been turned upside down! In the meantime the local cinema has moved into the castle for outdoor viewings, the lake is full and welcoming, and today the kitesurfers were having a field day!

Music to your ears

trasibluesThis next month, we are going to be treated to both Trasimeno Blues and Umbria Jazz – two events that over the years have attracted a plethora of international artists. This year for instance Al Jarreau, Mario Biondi and Ray Gelato, just to name a few, will be at the Umbria Jazz festival held from 11 to 20 July in Perugia. Trasimeno Blues on the other hand kicks off on the 15th of July and runs until the 3rd of August, with some concerts held in the castle of Castiglione del Lago and others around the lake and in Citta della Pieve.

Full programmes here: Umbria Jazz & Trasimeno Blues

On your horse!

UMBRIA-ENDURANCE-miniIf you are a fan of horses or enjoy endurance racing, now is the time to visit Castiglione del Lago. Umbria Endurance Lifestyle 2014 is being held this month at the Eleuteri airport – our local airstrip. As well as the actual endurance race, there will be an area dedicated to families, with ponies for children to ride, and stands showcasing local produce and specialities.

Links to the programme and to the endurance website.

Coloriamo i Cieli Kite Festival

coloriamoAfter the tulips, here come the kites! The skies of Castiglione del Lago will be super colourful this weekend as pros and amateurs alike gather at the air strip to fly kites of all shapes and colours. The event last for 30 April to 4 May – for more details check out http://www.coloriamoicieli.com/

And if you are looking for a bit of relaxation to round of the weekend, why not attend the Vino e’ Musica event at the Lamborghini golf club.

Spring is in the air

tulipsThe daffodils and tulips are just coming out; it’s this time of year again and the dates for the Festa del Tulipano have just been announced: 9-13 April 2014. The Festa del Tulipano turns Castiglione del Lago into a flurry of petals. The different parts of our town get to work as of now to prepare stunning floats that get covered in tulip petals the night before the parade. It’s a charming event, bringing together the community as everyone is invited to take part in the preparations, and enchanting the locals and the visitors alike. For more information: http://www.festadeltulipano.it

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