Umbria Blog | Archery tournament in Todi

During the weekend of March 25-26 there was an Archery Tournament in Todi: Todi la Città degli Arcieri. Now you wonder what’s so special about that? It is very special: all archers are in medieval outfit!

It is a serious tournament with archers from all over Italy and all come rigorously dressed in a medieval outfit, to the smallest detail. Throughout the small town there are several stands where the archers have to shoot at different goals, also moving goals.

Todi, like many towns in Umbria, has been very prosperous during the 13th and 14th century and this is still easily recognizable looking at the buildings and infrastructure. Hence, why it was very special to see these archers all dressed up, they fitted perfectly well in the surrounding decor.

During the tournament there are several activities being organized: historical flag wavers, medieval dances, special guided tours and a market with typical local products. The weather was great and the atmosphere very relaxed.

Read more about Todi on our blog “Visiting Todi“.

Corsa all’Anello in Narni

Every year at the beginning of May is the Corsa all’Anello in Narni. It is a medieval festival dating back to 1371 and walking around here, actually feels like going back to the middle ages. A must see when you’re in Umbria in May.

Narni Umbria

Narni Umbria

Narni Umbria

The three districts, Fraporta, Santa Maria and Mezule compete with each other : their best horseback riders have to throw their lances through a suspended ring. During the evenings there are exhibitions, games, concerts and local taverns open for public. The taverns are very cosy, the locals are dressed in medieval clothes and they serve the best typical food and wine from the area. Besides the three taverns There is a special tavern for only cake and desserts, called “Lo Dolce”. The sweets are all homemade and fresh.

Narni Umbria Narni Umbria

Besides the Corsa all’Anello, Narni’s underground is a very interesting and fascinating world. Narni Sotterranea is a journey discovering numerous underground tunnels and rooms of the monastery of San Domenico, a Papal inquisition torture chamber and a prison cell. To visit the underground you need to make a reservation in advance for a guided tour.

Terni is only 13 km from Narni. Narni still breaths the atmosphere of old times, however it is a very modern city. It was bombed during world war II and rebuilt after that. The city is associated with Saint Valentine, San Valentino is the Patron Saint of Terni. It also hosts the famous Marmore Falls, la Cascata delle Marmore.

Cascata delle Marmore

At a short drive from Narni and Terni is the valley of the River Nera which has an amazing landscape, top gastronomy and is full of traditions. Small villages like Ferentillo, Scheggino and Piediluco are authentic villages in the mountains. In Ferentillo is the famous Mummy museum, maybe a bit scary to visit, but terribly interesting.

Mummy museum Ferentillo


Restaurant tips in Terni

Ristorante Piazzetta in Terni. A family restaurant in Via Cavour 9 in Terni. Haute cuisine and friendly owner.

A volte tre in Terni. A modern and trendy bar in the centre of Terni, Via Francesco Mancini 10 for a “apericena”. Buffet and drinks.


Private villa’s near to Narni (South Umbria)

La Dunarobba
La Dunarobba is a private house with swimming pool and jacuzzi situated in the beautiful green hills between Dunarobba and Avigliano Umbro. Privacy is guaranteed. This villa has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it sleeps 10 people.
We had a wonderful holiday. The location was excellent, the house was as it described on the website, the hospitality of the owners is warm and pleasant, in short: a very good experience.”
La Dunarobba villa in Umbria

Casale Penna
A villa with 4 bedrooms, set in an age old olive grove and part of a working farm. The views are fantastic from the vacation villa and located in a wonderful spot. The villa sleeps 8-12 guests.
Our stay at Casale Penna was great! The house exceeded our expectations.”
Casale Penna


Bed & Breakfast near Narni (South Umbria)

B&B Acquasparta
This Bed & Breakfast has lovely views over the Umbrian countryside. There are three bedrooms divided in two apartments, all ground floor with direct access to the garden and terrace.
It is the most wonderful place, and perfect for our family. The pool was great and set in the most lovely garden, with lots to do for the children.

Bed and Breakfast Acquasparta

Tulip event in Castiglione del Lago

This year was the 50th edition of the Festa del Tulipano in Castiglione del Lago. The event always takes place in April and attracts many people year after year.

Festa del Tulipano

Festa del Tulipano

This year’s theme was Walt Disney: Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Dombo and The Little Mermaid were all adorned with tulip leaves. The floats are really well made and some even have moving parts.

Festa del Tulipano

Festa del Tulipano

I live in the centre of Castiglione del Lago which usually is a quiet little town, but during the tulip event Castiglione del Lago is really crowded with people. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of the most visited events in Castiglione during the year.

Outside the old town walls one can buy some really good street food. Bars, shops and restaurants are open from noon till dawn. A very well organized festival held in the historical centre of Castiglione del Lago, with live music, theatre and fun for everybody.

Festa del Tulipano

Restaurant tips in Castiglione del Lago

In Castiglione del Lago one find many nice restaurants and trattoria’s. I have tried so many of them! These are the two restaurants close to my house I’d really recommend:

Ristorante Pizzeria La Cantina

La Cantina is a restaurant in the centre of Castiglione del Lago. In Spring and Summer one can eat outside on the terrace with view over the Trasimeno Lake. The pizza’s, fish and dolci are delicious!
Ristorante La Cantina, Via Vittorio Emanuale 93 in Castiglione del Lago

La Cantina Castiglione del Lago

Castiglione del Lago

Ristorante Osteria Le Scalette

Another good restaurant in Castiglione del Lago is Le Scalette. This is a family restaurant just outside the walls. The grandparents of the family prepare the best and fresh traditional Umbrian cuisine for their guests. You will be licking your fingers after you’ve finished your dinner here. Very good. I have written a blog post about this restaurant.

Holiday houses near to Castiglione del Lago

If you would like to visit this yearly event in April, and you’re looking for a place to stay, have a look at these wonderful locations:

Casa Paciano: It is at walking distance from Paciano. A beautiful holiday house with apartments, private terraces and shared pool with view over the Umbrian hills.

The owners were always ready and willing to give some advice so we could make the most of our time in Umbria. Excellent location to combine relaxation with culture.”

casa paciano holiday umbria

Casa Valdichiana: Surrounded by sunflower fields, olive trees and vineyards. An idyllic holiday house with apartment and shared pool, new on our website. The views are breathtaking.

casa Valdichiana garden

Private villa’s

Trasimeno Bungalow: A private bungalow with swimming pool for max 4 persons. From this address you’re at walking distance from the Trasimeno Lake and 5 minutes drive from the road E45. A supermarket is almost literally at a stone’s throw.

A lovely and well equipped house. We’ve spent a lot of hours at the swimming pool.

trasimeno bungalow in Tuoro sul Trasimeno

Casa Lago Trasimeno: A modern private holiday home with pool sleeping 4 guests in Tuoro sul Trasimeno. From the balcony you have wonderful views over the lake.

Again we had a wonderful stay in a fantastic holiday home”.

Casa Lago Trasimeno