It’s Festa Season in Umbria!

It’s ‘ceri’ weekend in Gubbio, and we do believe it’s the official kick off for all of the fine weather festas in Umbria. For the uninitiated, the ceri (pronounced ‘cherry’) is a race where three enormous wooden, octagonal ‘candles’ are carried upright, on the strapping shoulders of the robust ‘cerioli’ men all the way up to St Ubaldo’s church. Which happens to be so steep, there is a funiculare to carry mere mortals up the hill; and it’s not really a race because they start out in the same order and end up in the same order. That however does not in anyway diminish the enthusiasm of the crowds.

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Sunday bike ride in Umbria

What could be better than a Sunday bike ride adventure? Fresh air, exercise, places we’ve never been before and no-guilt eating! Our friend Pamella gave us this fantastic little guide book for bike rides in Umbria, and yesterday we followed a 52km route that started in the ancient town of Gubbio, then went straight up…

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