Posts Tagged ‘ Umbria ’

The flower of life

Jun 26th, 2018 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The flower of life

The flower of life is an ancient symbol that was considered sacred by many cultures worldwide from Europe to Egypt and from the Middle East to China.
The basic form resembles a flower with six petals placed in a circle, hence its name: flower of life.
Whether due to its geometry that is found in many forms [...]



A mystery in the crypt

Jun 11th, 2018 | author Antonella Bazzoli
A mystery in the crypt

The church of St. Ponziano, built outside the medieval city walls of Spoleto and close to the paleochristian temple of St. Salvatore, is considered one of the most interesting examples of romanesque architecture in central Italy. It belonged to a benedictine abbey and was dedicated to the patron saint of Spoleto, martyred during the persecution [...]



Butchers, surgeons and charlatans

Jun 7th, 2018 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Butchers, surgeons and charlatans

Near the medieval castle of Preci (formerly Castrum Precum), in the pristine mountainous area of Umbria which is called Val Castoriana (the valley of Castor), lies the Abbey Sant’Eutizio, a medieval monastic benedectine complex which is among the most beautiful and evocative of Italy.
The story of the foundation of the building is to be found [...]



The Festival of the snake charmers

Apr 11th, 2016 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The Festival of the snake charmers

Not to be confused with the founder of the Dominican order by the same name, St. Dominic from Foligno was a saint of Umbrian origin, born in 951 at Capodacqua near Foligno.
His cult is still being celebrated today at Cocullo, in Abruzzo, during the “Festival of the snake charmers”, a folkloric and religious event of [...]



Bevignate and the mistery of the Templar Code

May 8th, 2015 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Bevignate and the mistery of the Templar Code

Who was Bevignate, the mysterious hermit venerated like a saint by the population of Perugia, notwithstanding the Church had never approved his canonization?
An aura of mystery surrounds the figure of this medieval monk, whom The Templars dedicated a new church in Perugia. Inside the medieval building there are interesting frescoes, dating back to the seventies [...]



Vacations in Perugia

Sep 25th, 2014 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Vacations in Perugia

Vacations in Italy revealed always too short! Did you ever have a vacation experience that totally exceeded your expectations? Did you ever choose a destination on a whim and then end up liking it better than all of the other places you had chosen when you planned your vacation? That is [...]



Eastern cults in the Apennines

Oct 21st, 2013 | author Ambra Antonelli
Eastern cults in the Apennines

In  the region of Umbria it is already possible to pick out the name of the goddess Isis from ancient inscriptions, especially at Terni and at Spoleto. These cities are geographically projected towards the area of Latium, where the port of Ostia, and naturally Rome, would have constituted the principle landing and launching point [...]



The Fountain of Women

Jun 18th, 2011 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The Fountain of Women

The reliefs and inscriptions that decorate the Main Fountain of Perugia catch the eye of every passer-by. In the past the reliefs of the fountain welcomed the visiting merchant for the fair, consoled the worried farmer during the harvest, lifted the spirit of those gathering in the Cathedral’s square, and made all quietly reflect, whether [...]