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“.

Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

I often receive newsletters and activities from the Oasi La Valle, a nature reserve at Lake Trasimeno and a paradise for bird watchers. This time I found an invitation in my mailbox to join a walk organised by a fairly new organisation called Anime Pioniere. They organise walks in nature often in lesser known areas along the Umbria Tuscany border: Trasimeno, Cortona, Città di Castello, San Sepolcro.

Sunday the 12th of March the morning started at the Oasi La Valle where we witnessed the ringing of birds and where the walk started. 6 km, not too much height difference, hence also adapted for families with children like ourselves. We climbed the hill and over the hills’ ridges we walked from San Savino to San Feliciano. Of course we finished the walk with a small lunch, a good Italian habit. We had some antipasti and fried fish from the lake with the local fishermen.

We paid euro 15 p.p. for the tour at the Oasi La Valle, the walk and the light lunch.

It was a wonderful early spring day. Here is an impression:

Do you enjoy a walk in nature with trained guides in mostly undiscovered parts of Umbria and Tuscany? Follow the Anime Pioniere: they organise interesting walks all year round, mostly on Sunday or on Italian bank holidays. We were quite a group with almost 50 participants, all Italians. They hope they will also have tourists to join them during the summer period. During the walk we learned about the area, its history and its fauna. They also speak English. It is recommended to wear proper shoes for walking and also ask for the difficulty when making a reservation, especially when you have kids.

Have fun!

Umbria Blog | Perugia in a wheelchair

I visited Perugia with my parents and since my father has problems walking, he needs to use a wheelchair when going out for some sightseeing. It is not always evident whether it is easy to visit sights in a wheelchair, especially if you do not know the area but Perugia’s old city centre is quite accessible in a wheelchair.

To arrive in the city centre of Perugia, you can take the Minimetrò. The Minimetrò is wheelchair accessible. The metro starts at terminal Pian di Massimo. This terminal is adjacent to the football stadium of Perugia. To get there by car is quite easy. From the highway (raccordo) A1 Siena – Perugia you take the exit “Madonna Alta” and you follow the signs for “Stadio”.

From the free parking it is easy to reach the terminal, even by wheelchair. There are stairs and a small slope upwards which take you to the station. Before taking the metro you can buy the tickets at the bar in front of the entrance, or at the ticket machine. A single ticket costs 1.50 Euro.

Minimetrò Perugia

Perugia Umbria

Minimetrò Perugia

Every 5 minutes there is a small metro leaving to the historical centre. In the metro itself there is plenty of room for your wheelchair. The final station of the Minimetrò is Pincetto, which brings you to the city centre.

Minimetrò Pincetto

Once you arrive at Pincetto you use the wheelchair exit. Pedestrians take the escalator to reach the center. Wheelchair users or people with strollers take the elevator. The elevator is on your right hand side behind the Minimetrò.

Perugia Umbria Minimetrò

The wheelchair can easily get into the elevator. Uphill is another small slope upwards which brings you to Piazza Matteoti.

Perugia Umbria

Perugia Umbria

Perugia Umbria

With your wheelchair it is advisable to stay on the main street in the centre of Perugia. From Piazza Matteotti you can reach the Piazza IV November, the square with the famous fountain. From there you can visit shops or have a coffee or lunch in one of the café’s in Perugia. The Rocca Paolina is at the other site of the city, which also is reachable for disabled people. From there you have wonderful views over the Umbrian countryside.

Perugia Umbria

As you can see, it is possible to visit Perugia in a wheelchair, speaking from experience. It is recommended having someone with you who helps you pushing the wheelchair. Perugia’s antique city centre is quite flat but it makes it much easier if somebody is with you to assist, like I did with my father.

My father appreciated the visit to Perugia. We have also been in Assisi, Rome and Florence.

Villa in Umbria rents wheelchair friendly apartments and villas. We have experience with wheelchair users who have booked a holiday with us. You can ask us, we are happy to help you to find a suitable wheelchair friendly location.

Wheelchair Italy