On 6th January we celebrate Epiphany, religious and profane feast accompanied by various symbols and traditions of ancient and modern origins in the different cultures: the Star of Bethlehem with the "Three Wise Men", the local folk festivals, the tradition of gifts and sweets to the children inside the Christmas stocking....
The 6th of January 2019 is a Sunday, anyway the first week end of January is perfect to conclude Christmas holiday with some free days in Umbria.
After lunches with relatives and friends, after exchanging of gifts, after the great dinner and the night of New Year's Eve, enjoy Epiphany and immerse yourself in the serenity of Umbrian countryside, to walk in tranquillity through the historic center of one of the charming cities of art of the region, to relax yourself watching lights, decorations and Christmas markets. Therefore, enjoy the beauty of the last Christmas moments, before coming back to the everyday life.
Come to Orvieto for Epiphany!
The so-called "Città della Rupe" is ideal, in fact, for a trip with your family, starting from the arrival in the city: after parking in the large parking area of the train station, the adventure will begin with the historical funicular that goes up to the historic center of Orvieto, on the top of a hill.
In only two minutes, the cable car covers 600 meters of rail to reach Piazza Cahen, close to the Albornoz Fortress. Today, you can see only a part of the original fortification, built in 1364, with the walls and the suggestive defensive towers, but inside the area there is a public garden where you can quietly walk, enjoying a moment into the green and looking the wonderful landscape of the valley. A few meters from the fortress, there is also the particular Well of San Patrizio and its underground, not to be missed.
Then you can head towards the center: walking 15-20 minutes, you can cross the main streets of the historic center, admiring the lights that decore the city, eating in one of the various taverns, warming yourself with a coffee or an hot chocolate. Continuing, you can reach the Well of the Cave, which is also really particular, especially during Christmas when it hosts the famous "Crib of the Well".
Can not be forgot the very well-known Dome of Orvieto, one of the most wonderful places to visit in all Umbrian region, and then at 6 pm the appointment is in Piazza della Repubblica, where young and old will wait the arrival of the traditional Befana !
And about the other Umbrian cities...
Assisi is always a unique place, with the charming Cathedral of St. Francis, the religious sites and the spiritual atmosphere that accompanies guests and visitors. But Assisi has much more to offer: among the most interesting places, we suggest you a walk in the fortress Rocca Maggiore, with its magnificient view of the valley, and the Roman "Foro" Museum, a suggestive visit to discover the ancient roman town and the ruins on which was built the present Assisi.
To completely live the Christmas atmosphere, do not miss two special events of the area of Assisi:
- "La Fiera della Befana" in Rivotorto di Assisi, on 6th January 2019
Many stands along the streets of the village, with taste of typical local products and entertainment for young and old. At 2:30 pm, top moment of the day with the traditional Befana who comes from the sky with gifts for all children.
- "Il Presepe Vivente" of San Gregorio D'Assisi, on 6th January 2019
Beautiful Nativity Scenes with Three Wise Men and all the characters, from 5 pm to 7.30 pm in the village of San Gregorio
For those who prefer a walk in Perugia, in the suggestive historic center that is more beautiful with all Christmas lights and decorations, we suggest also a visit in "Città della Domenica", Umbrian park and first Family Park of Italy. Fun with all the attractions of the park, love for nature with the various animals that live free in the natural area of the park, special shows and thematic setting.
Particular appointment then with "La Befana sui Pattini", a real show of skating with the champions of the Italian federation, at Pala Barton of Pian di Massiano (PG).
Finally, for those who still had not had the chance to admire them, we suggest Gubbio with its wonderful Christmas Tree along the mount behind the town, and Terni with its beautiful Miranda Star that dominates the valley.