Il Carpino

Holiday House

Loc.Cammoro - Sellano (PG)
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Valnerina - UMBRIA - ITALIA

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has got in years two appellations: “Italy’s Holy Land” and “Italy’s Green Heart”, both well merited by this region that, as time passed, has kept in the measure of man, where ancient traditions are still well alive and they are reflected in the quality of life, in the genuineness of the products, in the splendid tracks left in the landscape by history, art and culture. Le fonti del Clitunno Its green valleys vary within their harmonious beauty: the large Tiber Valley; the fertile valley through which the Chiascio and Topino Rivers flow; the Nera Valley, rich in characteristic corners set in ugged natural surroundings. But the Umbrian countryside sometimes opens into a lake (Trasimeno, Piediluco); sometimes it is enlivened by a bold waterfall (Le Marmore) or by a clear spring (the Clitunno).
Art and Nature, landscape and culture, town and countryside appear in Umbria in perfect armony.
Umbria has been compared with the Holy Land because, in addition to having a hilly landscape very similar to that of the land where Jesus was born, in history it has been bearer of very high religiousness: it is sufficient to mention Saint Benedict from Norcia, Saint Francis from Assisi, Saint Rita from Cascia, Saint Clare, Friar Jacopone from Todi, Saint Ubald of Gubbio.
The religious fervour has left in the Umbrian land a significative track : it is sufficient to mention Assisi, Gubbio, Norcia, Cascia, with churches and convents of incomparable beauty, Spoleto and Orvieto with their wonderful cathedrals. Umbria is among the first places in Italy for the level of the quality of life: the civil tradition of the population, its so varied and interesting history, have created a social environment characterized by a high grade of civility, by a great spirit of tolerance, by an intelligent and widespread involvement in the management of common problems. Everybody knows the Umbrian artistic towns: Assisi (with masterpieces of Giotto and Cimabue), Spoleto, Orvieto, Gubbio, Spello, Trevi, Montefalco, Todi e Perugia. This is the Umbria described by a thousand books and that, thanks to its unicity, is famous all over the world and it is destination of a tourism in costant increase. Moreover, there is another Umbria, which appears less frequently in books but will not fail to fascinate the most attentive visitor: it is the land of vineyards, live-groves, woods, natural Parks and small towns set on the top of the hills. Prodotti tipici dell'Umbria This is also the land of wine shops, that produce the great Umbrian wines, of oil-mills, that yield the most savoury extra virgin olive-oil, of valuable truffles, of farms that supply sausages, typical cheeses and lentils.
The good cooking in Umbria is a tradition and an art based on the quality and on the genuineness of simple and greatly savoury products. A great abundance of products due to the richness and to the wide variety of the lands and of the microclimates of the different areas. Many are the typical products of Umbrian agricolture, different each other but united by the care of whom produces them with traditional techniques, handed down from generations, able to gaurantee undiscussed genuineness and quality.
Umbria is an hilly region, rich in waters, very woody, and its lands are well fit for the olive cultivation.
The hilly appearance is ideal for exposing the vine to the sunlight; the wood, instead, offers an exceptional gastronomic product: the truffle. Mountain areas are rich in excellent pastures, perfumed of rare essences: from here the development of the stock-farming and of the production of milk products and cheeses. Vino Sagrantino A description of the cities of Umbria :
Città di Castello
This area, situated in the northest part of Umbria, boerding Marches and Tuscany, is composed by various villages and towns riches of history and traditions. These villages have, over time, preserved their artistic and environmental heritage in a perfect harmony between ancient and modern, tradition and progress. Among these towns stands Gubbio and Città di Castello with their enduring medieval walls, which lovingly preserves the traditions and customs of their pasts. Artisan here are distinguished for their wrought iron work, "birds-eye patterned" linen, fine linen with imberline motifs and majolica ware. The traditional cuisine is dominated by black and white truffles (white being rarer and with a stronger, more unique taste), wich are an important part of market exhibitions.
The area of Perugia embodies each of the distinctive characteristics of the region.
The panorama ranges from pristine landscapes to incomparably beatiful historical centres.
Perugia boasts a vast historical and artistic culture, wich is composed of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Moderne influences, of which are riches its museums. Perugia and University for Foreigners which offer give to the town its cosmopolitan image, celebrate, also, during Umbria Jazz, the most important Jazz event in the world. Il lago Trasimeno The centres of Corciano and Deruta are no less fascinating, with their narrow alleywais and nobile buildings. The hills and countryside are primarilly cultivated with vieneyards, olive trees and grain. Artisan crafts flourish here; wrought iron, lace and majolica ware (at Deruta important is the Museo della Ceramica). The gourmet selection of food is extremely rich, from olive oil to wine, chocolate and traditional pastries.
Assisi, a land of Saints and religious movements, represent the heart of Umbria's spirituality. Set above a spur of Mount Subasio, which overlooks the verdant Umbrian Valley in the broad basin of the Chiascio and Topino rivers, Assisi appears from a distance to be terraced with a cascade of churches, houses and belltowers. The area also includes others importants towns that are true gems of art and history such as for example Bettona (with its precious Pinacoteca), Cannara and Bastia Umbra. Now as in the past, the shops in Assisi and the nearby towns display fabrics with a tight, geometric embroidery representing imaginative patterns and animals shapes ("Assisi stich"). And in Umbrian cuisine, olive oil plays the leading role.
The District is an ideal starting point for those wishing to explore the most important town of central Italy. It maintains the delightful lush-green setting, the woods, the olive groves, hermitages and churches and clear spring (Campello sul Clitunno). The spirit of Spoleto skilfully rides the ride than ever (for example the Rocca Albornoziana), like the atmosphere redolent with learning that seems to impregnate the stories of the city, only to bloom in June, when Spoleto celebrates the splendours ot its more recent traditions : "The Festival of Two Worlds ". A similar melting pot of history and tradition can be experienced in the flavours of the local cuisine, robust yet unexpectedly refined, caressed by the delicate whites and vigorous reds of an ancient oenological tradition. One more reason to maintain a special memory of Spoleto's district, and even to take home some of the local homemade produce of the fertile Umbrian hills : olive oil, wine, mushrooms, sausage meats, truffles, honey and chestnuts.
Lake Trasimeno lies between Umbria and Tuscany. Framed by a gentle landscape planted with vines and olives. Three islands surface from its waters: Maggiore and Minore close to the northern shore, and Polvese in the southeast corner. Its banks are dotted with tourist resorts, in particular Passignano, Tuoro and Castiglione del Lago. To defense its fascinanting and wonderful environment the Region created, with a Regional Law, the Natural Park of Trasimeno. The lake offers countless watersports activities and is a real paradise for anglers and keens on nature. Pike and the prized carp "in porchetta" are gourmet specialities of Lake Trasimeno. Irish lace and pillow lace add lustre to the Trasimeno's crafts.
The district , one of the most enchanting for landscape and architecture includes important villages and towns such as Foligno, Nocera Umbra, Norcia e Cascia in the Valnerina. Situated in the most mountainous and picturesque area of Umbria, the Valnerina is at the heart of the Mount Sibillini National Park. Apart from its beatiful landscape, the Valnerina is also wellknow as an ideal sports tourism destination. Norcia and Cascia are the preason headquarters for many high-ranking sports clubs, whith the velvet plains of Castelluccio have been described as the best area for paragliding training in Europe. A trading crossroads since ancient times, this area is covered with villages of medieval origin; Bevagna, Montefalco, Spello, Trevi and Nocera Umbra, Norcia, Cascia. Artisan crafts flourish in this area, especially in Bevagna, which is known for its basket and hemp weaving, and in Foligno with its pipe organ restoration and leather-working activieties. The Foligno area, rich with olive groves and vineyards, boasts numerous wines whitch is the most prized in the region (Trevi). Prosciutto di Norcia The Valnerina is a true paradise for connoisseurs of fine foods : sausage meatrs, black truffles, cheeses and lentils are the main ingredients of the delicious and genuine cuisine that revolves around the typical "norcineria".
At the centre of a charming panorama, positioned on a high hilltop lies Todi, dominating a landscape which is considered among the most beatiful and pristine in all of Umbria.
Todi, of ancient origin which we are important remains in the local museums, attract visitors for its numerous medieval lanes and alleyways, richly lined with artisan craft shops, for its renaissance churches (Tempio della Consolazione) and for its Roman's rest found all over the district (Massa Martana). The bordering towns are equally charming: Marsciano, Collazzone, Massa Martana and Monte Castello di Vibio, which is host to the smallest theatre in world (99 people). The Tuderte region boasts a tradition of gourmet cuisine which is rich with delicious, characteristic dishes: dove with drippings, sweet macaroni and fire-baked pizza.
At the border of Lazio, a short distance from Rome, this territory is positioned between the most important lines of communication and is, therefore, easily reached. There is a wide variety of landscapes here: green pastures, vineyards, olive groves and lush forestes, all of which are reflected in the fresh water of brooks, lakes (Piediluco, Corbara). The city of Orvieto, positioned high up on a tuff crag, dominates the landscape. Orvieto, which was an important Etruscan centre, is rich with highly prized archaelogical findings, possible to visit as it is possible to visit those of Narni.
Terni is a modern city with new buildings because of the several bomb-attacks to its important industries (steel, weapons, hydroelectric energy) during World War II. Le cascate delle Marmore However, this city has ancient Roman origins. A beautiful example is the amphitheatre Fausto (Ist Century AD) which contained up to ten thousand people; the church of San Salvatore (XII Century) very simple in its architecture with a conic roof and a circular internal-external apse; the Palazzo Spada, projected in 1500 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger; the Cathedral, wide and bright with its medieval shapes and the Renaissance wooden choir. Six kilometres far from the city we can admire the Marmore Falls (165 metres), one of the most important hydraulic work of art built in the III Century by the Romans. Then the Piediluco Lake, surrounded by green hills, where one can practice rowing and fishing. Interesting places are also Avigliano, where there is a fossil forest close to Dunarobba and Carsulae, ancient Roman city of the Ist Century, destroyed by a tremendous earthquake and discovered by recent archaeological studies.
The cities of Acquasparta and Sangemini are important for their thermal, mineral and curative waters. Among the several events we can remember the Cantamaggio of Terni, with medieval tournaments and historic commemorations, the Corsa all'Anello of Narni, a spectacular horse-riding competition and the National Rowing Championship at the Piediluco Lake.

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