Fresh air in a Medieval town – A day off in Spoleto

Italian summer is…Italian summer! Means ice creams, “granita al limone”, sea and…40 degrees at shadow! When high temperature don’t wanna give us a rest..it’s time to shelter from sun!
I’m talking about getting deeper into central Italy, inside green Umbria region to find fresh breeze on rocky uplands.

teatro Spoleto theatre

A refreshing experience for brain and soul!  Spoleto is a Medieval jewel – as lots of other villages in this area – set among Valnerina’s emerald green woods.
This people-oriented town is a crisp cocktail of history and charm. Perfect to visit in just one day walking with a self-made-guidebook and enough curiosity!

Pills of history we love most ❤ :

towerFirst human settlements go back to Prehistory, when this landscape looked a lot different: the valley, today overlooked by Rocca Albornoziana was initially a lake that definitively dried out during Medieval age.

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towerMiddle Age has been Spoleto’s Golden Age, when, in 1359, Pope Innocenzio VI built the majestic fortress symbol of the city : “Rocca Albornoziana”. But this castle also tells about Lucrezia Borgia, elected by her father, Pope Alessandro VI, head of “Spoleto Dukedom”. The lady gave name to the fortress’ “maschio”, the central tower facing the city, defence fulcrum of the castle. This is known as “Torre della Spiritata” – Tower of the Possessed – to remind the cruelties and revenges of the castellan.

Must Do and See:

ormaA walk on “Towers’ Bridge” – Ponte delle Torri – from Rocca Albornoziana. This structure is a majestic Roman bridge also used as a water system. It is 280 mt long! And the view on surrounding green valley is pure poetry!

 acquedotto spoleto water system

ormaEnter Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral with its Renaissance portico and the 8 rose window on the facade as lace marquetry. But find time to visit at least some other places among the dozens of churches and abbeys once old Roman temples or Paleochristian churches facing the dried lake’s crystal clear waters.

spoelto santa maria assunta cathedral

cathedral spoleto

ormaTime to eat! We lovingly recommend  Spaghetti with Black Truffle and Crescionda cake: typical dishes of this area. More difficult to find is a Slow Food product, the rare “sedano di Trevi”, a kind of celery to eat raw with olive oil.

There is enough to fill one day out…and our curiosity too!

CiaspoLOVERS — Snowshoes walks in Sibillini & CO.

ciaspole umbria le marche abbruzzo

Good-winter-morning!

Time to check the wardrobe for snowy outfits & … CIASPOLE!

Yes, I mean…we are ready for some winter sport with SNOWSHOES, a camera and a hot spiced wine glass (funny kind of phisical activities mines!)

Sibillini mountains are finally snow covered so there is no better time of the year to enjoy our central Italy mountain-side 🙂 through Le Marche and Umbria.

Choose your itinerary or (why not??)… let’s do them all!

ciaspole - snowshoes- sibillini1. ON APPENNINI ROOFTOP

A snowshoes walk (CIASPOLATA, as we call it) above Castelluccio di Norcia (PG) upland, from Val Canatra’s woods to Pian Piccolo severe glimpses. Million of different itineraries and views to choose, depends on the level of snow, weather conditions and … day-mood!

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 ciaspole- snowshoes- Le Marche  2. CIASPOLATA UNDER THE STARS

At deepest night…counting stars…in Castelluccio di Norcia.

Actually, an experince beyond emotion.

castelluccio di norcia umbra le marche

Senza titolo-2c     3. WALKING IN SNOWY WOODS

“La Macchia Cavaliera”, a legendary name for a mistic and beautiful forest, above Pian Piccolo and Castelluccio’s landscape… are you up for adventure? 🙂

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ciaspole in sibillini   4. SNOWSHOE WALK IN USSITA

A walk through idyllic landscapes and cocoon-like forests, till Monte Bove’s 500 mt side. With a hint of luck you could also see chamois and eagles.

ussita - le Marche

ciaspole - snowshoe walking    5.ON WOLF’S TRAIL

Animal lovers…who’s afraidof the wolf?! Here is the perfect itinerary for those who enjoy following footprints with snowshoes. This time through Ragnolo fields.

WOLF FIASTRA MACERATA

ciaspole - snowshoes- sibillini  6. PRATA PEAK, SIBILLINI’S BALCONY

A balcony on the heart of Sibillini mountain chain. Breathe pureness and enjoy the amazing view on Monte Vettore group, central Appennini and Castelluccio. (Remember to take a picture!)

monte prata

ciaspole in sibillini   7. SUNSET ON RAGNOLO FIELDS

OK, stars or sunset..breathtaking anyway 🙂 A different saturday night, walking through snow covered Ragnolo fields accompanied by first stars.

RAGNOLO SUNSET

ciaspole- snowshoes- Le Marche  8. CIASPOLATA ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS

An ring-shaped itinerary and you don’t need to be an expert to survive! You will reach Monte Coglia and the amazing view on Fiastra lake (from above!)

fiastra - le marche

ciaspole - snowshoe walking    9. SEEKING LENTIL

There is a big treasure hidden in Castelluccio’s upland… We are determined in discovering and then eating it! Let’s join the expedition!

LENTIL IN CASTELLUCCIO DI NORCIA

Enjoy snowy weekends in Central Italy!

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