From April 11th to 14th, 2013 Castiglione del Lago, on the shores of Lake Trasimeno, will host for the 47th time the Festa del Tulipano - Tulip Festival.
How is it possible that there's a typcal Holland festival in Umbria, even since 1956 (not continuously, there was a stop of about 10 years, ed)? "The mistery" is easy to explain: some Dutch families were stationed at the banks of the lake, and had purchased some plot of lands for growing tulip bulbs. Not forgetting their origins, the families celebrated the arrival of Spring decorating windows, balconies and small floats. And soon they were copied by the "natives".
Although today the Castiglione’s farmlands are intended for other crops, the spirit and the Festival have remained, with streets and squares adorned, the musical bands, flag-bearers, historical processions (inspired by the 1500's when was Marquis of Castiglione del Lago the noble Ascanio della Corgna), parades of floats, stalls of local products.
Not to mention the "Palio del Tulipano" (Tulip Palio), starting at 18:00 on Sunday, April 14th, 2013, challenge between the 4 "contrade" of the village (Castello, Fontivegge, Mulino & Prati) in a speed race where 4 "barellieri" (stretcher-bearers) for district will carry a container with 4 "stanghe" (bars, beams), the "barella" (stretcher), for a predetermined path. The 18th Fiera del Tulipano (Tulip Fair), from 09:00 on April 14th. The Balconi, Piazzette e Vetrine Fiorite Competition, reserved for the residents of Castiglione, 11:00 am always on March 14th.
In addition, for the duration of the event will be able to taste typical Umbrian recipes, land dishes & dishes based on fish from the lake, thanks to the opening of the Taverne, Thursday 11th and Friday, April 12th, 2013 for dinner only, from 19:30. Saturday, April 13th & Sunday 14th at lunch too, from 12:30. And you can visit Palazzo della Corgna and the Rocca del Leone, stunning architectural works.
Full programme of the 2013 Festa del Tulipano, 47th edition, attached. For more information, visit festadeltulipano.it.