Pasqua 2013, 31 Marzo, ed il bel tempo e temperature miti (speriamo! Ndr), si stanno avvicinando a grandi passi. Anche per il Cuore Verde d’Italia: le giornate sono più lunghe, i paesaggi si riempiono di colori dalle mille tonalità. Si possono fare escursioni, passeggiate, arrampicate, andare a cavallo, pescare, andare in MTB… Vogliamo poi parlare della storia, dell’arte e della spiritualità che si possono respirare a pieni polmoni in Umbria, grazie anche ai bellissimi monumenti e siti presenti?
Questo lo sapete già. O dovreste provarlo.
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In questo speciale, invece, vi parleremo degli eventi in programma in questa verde regione per Pasqua 2013, considerando il periodo che va dal 25 Marzo al 2 Aprile. Partendo dalle manifestazioni civili per poi passare alle più famose ed importanti Celebrazioni umbre per la Settimana Santa.

MUSICA

Da un pò di anni, ormai, la settimana che porta alla Pasqua in Umbria non può iniziare senza il Concerto di Pasqua di RAI 1, promosso dal Progetto Omaggio all’Umbria e primo appuntamento del Festival Assisi nel Mondo 2013, dedicato all’UNICEF Italia per la raccolta dei fondi a favore dei bambini del mondo. Il 25 Marzo 2013 dalle 18:00 (trasmesso il Venerdì Santo, 29 Marzo 2013), Duomo di Orvieto, si esibirà l’Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, diretta da Zubin Metha. In Giuseppe Verdi, Preludi I e III atto dell’opera “La Traviata”; L. V. Beethoven, Sinfonia n. 6 in Fa maggiore, opera 68 “Pastorale”.
Per ulteriori informazioni assisinelmondo.it.

Sempre ad Orvieto, ma dal 23 al Marzo al 19 Maggio, il Festival Orvieto Musica e Cultura 2013, 3a edizione. Il programma del’evento porta alla ribalta una scelta di brani dei grandi compositori della tradizione musicale classica eseguiti, in alcuni casi, seguendo la rivisitazione di maestri contemporanei. 2° concerto il 30 Marzo 2013 a partire dalle ore 17:00, anche questo al Duomo, con l’Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, diretti da Charles Dutoit. Camille Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila; Gabriel Fauré – Requiem op. 48 – Pie Jesus, per Soprano e Orchestra – In Paradisum, per Coro e Orchestra.
Per ulteriori informazioni opsm.it e operaroma.it.

A Cascia, presso la Sala della Pace sita in Viale di Santa Rita, il 2 Aprile 2013 alle ore 21:00 concerto della S. Rita of Cascia HS Symphonic Band, proveniente da Chicago. Ingresso libero.
Per ulteriori informazioni mail infobasilica@santaritadacascia.org, tel. (+39) 0743 75091.

ENOGASTRONOMIA

Il Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, nel centro storico di Montefalco, ospiterà dal 30 Marzo al 1° Aprile 2013 la 13esima edizione di Terre del Sagrantino, evento che mette al centro i vini Montefalco, il Rosso e soprattutto il Sagrantino passito. Ma ci saranno anche le altre eccellenze del territorio come olio, legumi, cereali, miele, dolci, norcineria e l’artigianato di qualità con la presentazione delle lavorazioni tessili. Inoltre, saranno presenti mostre, mercatini di Pasqua, concerti e molto altro ancora.

Ad Orvieto dal 28 Marzo al 1° Aprile la Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano 2013, 11esima edizione. Concorso pubblico dedicato ad uno dei prodotti simbolo della tradizione umbra: la Pizza o Torta di Pasqua che, ancora oggi, viene confezionata con varianti di ricetta, sia dalle famiglie, sia dai forni e dai pasticceri in tutto l’Orvietano. La Rassegna premia la “migliore pizza di Pasqua dell’ Orvietano”, ponendo al centro dell’attenzione le pizze come cibo simbolico e reale della Pasqua. Inoltre, Concorso Gastronomico sezioni “professionisti” e “amatori”, categorie “Pizza Dolce” e “Pizza Salata”. Con degustazione libera dal 29 Marzo 2013 (10:00-13:00 e 15:00-18:00) presso Il Palazzo del Gusto, in abbinamento ai vini dell’Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria.
A fianco il Regolamento e Programma Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano 2013. Per ulteriori informazioni consultare il sito ilpalazzodelgusto.it.

A Vallo di Nera a partire dalle ore 10:00 della mattina di Pasqua Colazione di Pasqua in Piazza. Nella splendida cornice della Piazza di San Giovanni viene consumata la ricca colazione pasquale vallana. Tra salumi, formaggi, uova sode, frittate, uova di cioccolata, pizze di pasqua dolci e salate.

ARTE E CULTURA

25esima edizione per la Mostra Concorso Nazionale Ovo Pinto, a Civitella del Lago (Baschi). Dalle 09:00 del 31 Marzo alle 20:00 del 1° Maggio 2013 mostra di pittura ed opere, a tema libero, sulle uova. E dipingerle nel periodo pasquale è un’antichissima usanza che risale al periodo dei Romani ed ancora molto diffusa in Europa, soprattutto nell’Italia Centrale dove è una tradizione molto sentita.
Per ulteriori informazioni e per partecipare al concorso vi rimandiamo al sito ufficiale ovopinto.it.

La prima mostra in programma alla Minigallery_Assisi del calendario primavera/estate 2013 sarà dedicata alla coppia Armando Moriconi – Andrea Pinchi, entrambi folignati molto legati ad Assisi. Moriconi è uno scultore, amante del marmo, bianco di Carrara e nero del Belgio; il secondo pittore, di storica famiglia organara che nei quadri restituisce vita ad antichi materiali provenienti dalla sua tradizione artigiana. La mostra sarà curata da Francesca Briganti e sarà visitabile dal 23 Marzo fino al 7 Aprile 2013.
Per ulteriori informazioni sulle esposizioni previste controllate il nostro articolo Mostre Minigallery_Assisi primavera-estate 2013.

A Spoleto per Eccellenti 2013, interviste e conferenze dell’Accademia Spoletina, alla sala conferenze della Biblioteca Comunale venerdì 29 Marzo 2013, a partire dalle ore 16:30, Alfonso Marchese intervisterà Alberto Zuccari, ingegnere aeronautico della QFP.

Restando nella città del Festival dei 2 Mondi, segnaliamo 3 mostre visitabili a Palazzo Collicola, tutte curate da Gianluca Marziani: l’antologica di Gastone Biggi; Biologia dell’Inorganico del fotografo contemporaneo Carlo D’Orta; il mix di pittura, suoni e colori di Max Ciogli in Nuova Memoria. Dal 16 Marzo al 26 Maggio 2013.
Per ulteriori informazioni palazzocollicola.it.

Al Museo Archeologico di Amelia dal 30 Marzo al 12 Maggio Bronzi Preziosi, personale di Anna e Massimo Ranalli. L’eposizione è inserita all’interno della serie di appuntamenti denominata 1963 – 2013: Cinquantant’anni dalla Scoperta del Germanico. Gli artisti, maestri orafi, realizzeranno opere ispirate alla statua bronzea del condottiero romano.

Fino al 4 Maggio 2013 il Palazzo Mazzancolli, sede dell’Archivio di Stato di Terni, ospiterà la mostra documentaria e fotografica Le Lettere di Frate Gabriel. A 150 anni dalla nascita di Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 Marzo 1863) lettere, telegrammi, biglietti autografi, fotografie e giornali frutto della corrispondenza (e dell’ammirazione) a 3 tra il Comandante, il ternano Elia Rossi Passavanti (uno dei 2 soli italiani a ricevere la Medaglia d’Oro al Valor Militare sia nella prima che nella seconda guerra mondiale; fu poi un politico ed anche Podestà e storico di Terni. E proprio alla sua città lasciò, prima di morire, il suo enorme archivio documentale) e la moglie di quest’ultimo, la nobildonna piemontese Margherita D’Incisa di Camerana. Esposizione divisa in 2 parti: Fiume, dal Novembre 1919 al Maggio 1920; il Vittoriale, dal Luglio 1922 al Settembre 1930.

Sempre nella città di San Valentino, sale del Palazzo di Primavera, la mostra fotografica Istanti al femminile. Anche questa sarà divisa in 2 sezioni: la prima riservata alle istantanee inedite del Concorso Fotografico Nazionale organizzato nel 2012 dalla Pinacoteca comunale Orneore Metelli Istanti al femminile – Attualità in immagini; la seconda, chiamata La città delle donne, sarà un viaggio nella Terni del Novecento raccontato al femminile attraverso le fotografie raccolte dalla BCT, Biblioteca Comunale Terni. Dall’8 Marzo al 14 Aprile 2013, 10:00 – 13:00 e 16:00 -19:00, lunedì chiuso.
Per ulteriori informazioni bct.comune.terni.it.

A Perugia, precisamente al Cerp, Centro Espositivo Rocca Paolina, dal 21 Marzo al 7 Aprile la mostra Tra Sogni e Realtà, dipinti di Federico Marchesini. Visitabile dalle 10:00 alle 13:00 e dalle 16:00 alle 19:30, lunedì chiuso.

CELEBRAZIONI PER LA SETTIMANA SANTA

Andiamo ad elencare le ricorrenze religiose più famose ed importanti della Pasqua in Umbria. Parte del leone, ovviamente, Assisi, la cittadina maggiormente nota per le stesse, considerando la suggestività dei luoghi, l’intensità delle rappresentazioni e la radicata spiritualità che contraddistingue questa terra. Ma anche a Gubbio, Norcia, Cascia e borghi minori la Pasqua è molto sentita, con liturgie, rappresentazioni e processioni:

  • percorso del Giovedì Santo ad Assisi;

  • il Venerdì Santo ad Assisi, con le 2 processioni delle statue del Cristo Morto e della Madonna Addolorata, dalla Cattedrale di S. Rufino alla Basilica di S. Francesco e ritorno attraversando, nella processione mattutina, i monasteri di clausura;

  • Grande Via Crucis ai piedi della Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi;

  • le altre Via Crucis del Venerdì Santo. A Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Montefalco, Terni, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto, Fabro, Sigillo, Fossato di Vico ed in altre cittadine umbre viene rivissuto il martirio di Cristo nella “Via Crucis” con un percorso verso il Calvario. Ma si possono trovare anche le Rappresentazioni della Passione e Morte di Gesù attraverso veri e propri Quadri Viventi, come ad esempio a Montecchio, Lugnano in Teverina ed in alcuni borghi della Valnerina come Cascia, Norcia e Monteleone di Spoleto;

  • la Messa del Crisma alla Cattedrale di S. Rufino, Assisi;

  • la Scavigliazione, Cerimonia trecentesca. Sempre alla Cattedrale di S. Rufino;

  • l’Ora Santa a Bastia Umbra, presso la Chiesa di S. Rocco;

  • antico rito della Rinchinata a Cannara. Presso la Chiesa di S. Matteo di Cannara, in provincia di Perugia, si svolge l’antico rito della Rinchinata, rievocazione dell’incontro di Gesù risorto con la Madonna. Da 2 chiese partono 2 processioni, una con la statua di Gesù, l’altra la Madonna. Quando i  cortei si incontrano a pochi metri l’uno dall’altro vengono fatte inchinare le sculture;

  • messa Vespertina e processione della Rinchinata a Bastia Umbra;

  • i Quadri Viventi di Città della Pieve. Gli affascinanti sotterranei di Palazzo Orca, il 31 Marzo ed il 1° Aprile 2013, ospiteranno la rappresentazione, con circa 40 figuranti, dei Quadri Viventi, le scene della Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di Cristo. I Quadri, 6, saranno L’Ultima Cena, L’Orto del Getsemani, L’Ecce Homo, La Flagellazione, La Pietà sul Cristo Morto e La Resurrezione. Prendendo spunto dalla tradizione pittorica italiana del Cinquecento e del Seicento.

  • 17esima Sacra Rappresentazione della “Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di nostro Signore Gesu” a Baschi, loc. Pantanelli. Presso il Santuario di S. Angelo in Pantanelli ogni anno la sera della domenica di Pasqua, a partire dalle 21:00, si mette in scena una rappresentazione teatrale itinerante, con 12 Quadri in movimento, che rievocano gli ultimi giorni inerenti alla Passione, Morte e Resurrezione di Gesù Cristo. I 105 attori dello staff artistico articolano lo spettacolo tra il suggestivo portico antistante il santuario ed il bosco sottostante. Nella grotta dove dimorò S. Francesco d’Assisi viene rappresentata la scena della Resurrezione;

  • il Lunedì di Pasqua di Assisi.

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Fabrizio Galeazzi

The 2013 Easter Time, March 31st, and the good weather and mild temperatures (hopefully! Ed), are approaching with great strides. Also for the Green Heart of Italy: the days are longer, the landscapes are filled with different shades of colors. You can go hiking, walking, climbing, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking… Then we want to talk about the history, art and spirituality that you can breathe deeply in Umbria, thanks also for its unique monuments and sites?
What you know already. Or should you try it.
>> Discover our offers for the 2013 Easter Holidays in Umbria!

In this special, however, we will speak of the events in this green region for 2013 Easter, considering the period from March 25th to April 2nd. Starting from civil events then move on to the most famous Umbrian Celebrations for the Holy Week.

MUSIC

For quite some years, now, the week leading up to Easter in Umbria can not begin without the RAI 1 Concerto di Pasqua (Easter Concert), promoted by Progetto Omaggio all’Umbria and first appointment of the 2013 Assisi nel Mondo Festival, dedicated to UNICEF Italy for the collection of funds for the children of the world. On March 25th, 2013 at 18:00 (broadcast network on Good Friday, March 29th, 2013), Duomo of Orvieto, will perform the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Giuseppe Verdi Preludes I and III act of the opera “La Traviata”; L. V. Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major, opera 68 “Pastorale”.
For more information assisinelmondo.it.

Still in Orvieto, but from March 23rd to May 19th, the 2013 Orvieto Musica e Cultura Festival, 3rd edition. The event’s programme brings to the fore a selection of songs of the great composers of classical music tradition performed, in some cases, following the review of contemporary masters. 2nd concert on March 30th, 2013 starting at 17:00, also this one at the Duomo, with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Camille Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila; Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48 – Pie Jesus, for Soprano and Orchestra – In Paradisum, for Choir and Orchestra.
For further information opsm.it and operaroma.it.

In Cascia, at the Sala della Pace located in Viale di Santa Rita, on April 2nd, 2013 at 21:00 concert by the S. Rita of Cascia HS Symphonic Band, from Chicago. Admission is free.
For further information mail infobasilica@santaritadacascia.org, Ph. (+39) 0743 75091.

FOOD & WINE

The Sant’Agostino’s Chiostro, in the center of Montefalco, will host from March 30th to April 1st, 2013, the 13th edition of Terre del Sagrantino (Lands of the Sagrantino), an event that focuses on the Montefalco wines, Rosso and Sagrantino. But there will also be other food excellences of the territory as olive oil, legumes, grains, honey, cakes, cold cuts and quality craftsmanship with the presentation of textile works. In addition, there will be exhibitions, Easter markets, concerts and much more.

In Orvieto from March 28th to April 1st the Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano (Orvieto Easter Pizzas Festival), 11th edition. Public competition dedicated to one of the symbols of the Umbrian tradition: the Pizza or Torta di Pasqua (Easter Pizza or Cake), do not confuse with the normal pizza, that, even today, is made with recipe variations, both by famiglie, both by the ovens and pastry chefs throughout the Orvieto country. The Festival awards the “best Orvieto’s Easter Pizza”, focusing attention on the pizzas as symbolic and real food of the Easter time. In addition, Gourmet Competition with “professionals” and “amateurs” sectiones, “Pizza Dolce” (Sweet Pizza) and “Pizza Salata” (Savory Pizza). With free tasting from March 29th (10:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00) at Il Palazzo del Gusto, paired with the wines of the Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria.
Alongside the 2013 Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano Rules & Programme. For further information please check ilpalazzodelgusto.it.

In Vallo di Nera starting at 10:00 on the morning of Easter Colazione di Pasqua in Piazza (Easter Breakfast in the Square). In the enchanting Piazza di San Giovanni is consumed the rich Vallana Easter Breakfast. Among cured meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, omelettes, chocolate eggs, pizze di pasqua dolci & salate.

ART & CULTURE

25th edition for the Mostra Concorso Nazionale Ovo Pinto (Ovo Pinto National Contest-Show), in Civitella del Lago, Baschi. From March 31st to May 1st, 2013 exhibition of paintings and works, free theme, on the eggs. The painting of the eggs during Easter Time is an ancient custom that dates back to the Romans and still common in Europe, especially in Central Italy where it is a tradition deeply felt.
For more information and to enter the contest, please consult the official website ovopinto.it.

The first exhibit scheduled at Minigallery_Assisi for the 2013 spring/summer calendar will be dedicated to the couple Armando Moriconi – Andrea Pinchi, both Foligno’s guy very close to Assisi. Moriconi is a sculptor, a lover of marble, Carrara white and black of Belgium, the second painter, of historical organara family that in the paintings returns life to old materials from its tradition of craftsmanship. The exhibition will be curated by Francesca Briganti and will be open from March 23rd until April 7th, 2013.
For more information on showings planned, check out our article 2013 Minigallery_Assisi Spring-Summer Exhibitions.

In Spoleto for 2013 Eccellenti, interviews and lectures of the Accademia Spoletina, the conference hall of the Biblioteca Comunale Friday, March 29th, 2013, starting at 16:30, Alfonso Marchese will interview Alberto Zuccari, an aeronautical engineer of the QFP.

Remaining in the city of the Festival of the 2 Worlds, we report 3 exhibitions that can be visited at Palazzo Collicola, all curated by Gianluca Marziani: the anthology of Gastone Biggi; Biologia dell’Inorganico of the contemporary photographer Carlo D’Orta; the mix of painting, sound and color by Max Ciogli in Nuova Memoria. From March 16th to May 26th, 2013.
For further information palazzocollicola.it.

At the Archaeological Museum of Amelia from March 30th to May 12th Bronzi Preziosi (Precious Bronzes), solo show of Anna and Massimo Ranalli. The exposisition is inserted into the series of events known as 1963 – 2013: Cinquantant’anni dalla Scoperta del Germanico. The artists, master goldsmiths, will create works inspired by the bronze statue of the Roman warlord.

Until May 4th, 2013 the Palazzo Mazzancolli, site of the Terni’s Statal Archive, will host the photo & documentary exhibition Le Lettere di Frate Gabriel (The Letters by Frate Gabriel). 150 years after the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 March 1863) letters, telegrams, autograph notes, photographs and newspapers fruit of the correspondence (and admiration) among 3 persons, the Commander, the Ternano Elia Rossi Passavanti (one of only 2 Italians to receive the Gold Medal of Valor both in the First and the Second World War; was then a politician and also Podestà and historian of Terni. And just to his city he left, before he died, his huge archive of documents) and the wife of the latter, the Piedmont noblewoman Margherita D’Incisa di Camerana. Exposition divided into 2 parts: Fiume, from November 1919 to May 1920; the Vittoriale, from July 1922 to September 1930.

Always in the city of St. Valentine, halls of the Palazzo di Primavera, Istanti al femminile (Women’s Instants), photo exhibit. This one will be divided into 2 sections, too: the first dedicated to the unpublished snapshots of the National Photographic Competition organized in 2012 by the Orneore Metelli Municipal Art Gallery Istanti al femminile – Attualità in immagini; the second, called La città delle Donne (The Women’s City), will be a journey into the twentieth century Terni women’s told through photos collected by the BCT, Terni Municipal Library. From March 8th to April 14th, 2013, 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, Monday closed.
For more information bct.comune.terni.it.

In Perugia, precisely at Cerp, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Centre, from March 21st to April 7th the exhibition Tra Sogni e Realtà (Between Dreams and Reality), paintings by Federico Marchesini. Can be visited from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30, closed on Mondays.

CELEBRATIONS FOR THE HOLY WEEK

We’ll going to list the most famous and important religious events of the Umbrian Easter. Lion’s share, of course, Assisi, the town best known for the same, considering the charm of the place, the intensity of the performances and the deep-rooted spirituality that characterizes this land. But even in Gubbio, Norcia and Cascia and surrounding areas Easter is deeply felt, with liturgies, processions and representations:

  • path of Holy Thursday in Assisi;

  • Good Friday in Assisi, with the 2 processions of the statues of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows, from the Cathedral of St. Rufino to the Basilica of St. Francis and return through, in the morning procession, the cloistered monasteries;

  • Great Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi;

  • the other ways of the Cross on Good Friday. In Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Montefalco, Terni, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and other towns is relived the Christ’s martyrdom in the “Via Crucis” with a path to the Calvary, as for example in the borgo of Sigillo and Fossato di Vico, or the representation of the passion and death of Jesus through real tableaux as happens in Cascia, Norcia and in all the villages of the Valnerina;

  • the Messa del Crisma at the Cathedral of St. Rufino, Assisi;

  • the Scavigliazione, fourteenth century Ceremony. Also this one at the Cathedral of St. Rufino;

  • the Ora Santa in Bastia Umbra, at the Church of St. Rocco;

  • ancient rite of the Rinchinata in Cannara. At the Church of St. Matthew of Cannara, in the province of Perugia, be held the ancient rite of Rinchinata which resumed the meeting of the risen Christ with the Virgin Mary. From 2 churches begin 2 processions, one with a statue of Jesus, the other the Our Lady. When the 2 processions meet themselves a few meters of each other the  sculptures are made bow;

  • Vespertina Mass and procession of the Rinchinata in Bastia Umbra;

  • the Quadri Viventi (Tableaux) of Città della Pieve. The charming basement of Palazzo Orca, on March 31st and April 1st, 2013, will host the play, with about 40 walkers on, of the Quadri Viventi, the scenes of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Quadri, 6, will be The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Ecce Homo, The Flagellation, The Pity on the Dead Christ and The Resurrection. Taking a cue from the Italian painting tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries;
  •  Sacred Representation of “The Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus” in Baschi, loc. Pantanelli. At the shrine of St. Angelo in Pantanelli every year on the evening of Easter Sunday, starting at 21:00, is staged a touring theatrical play, with 12 moving Quadri, which recall the last days related to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 105 actors of the artistic staff divided the show between the striking portico in front of the sanctuary and the woods below. In the cave where S. Francis of Assisi lived is represented the scene of the Resurrection;

  • Easter Monday of Assisi.

There’s something for everyone, is not it? And you have to read this sentence, too? What are you waiting for to visit us? Take a look at our offers to spend 2013 Easter in Umbria.
In the meanwhile, the entire Bella Umbria staff wishes you a Happy Easter!

Fabrizio Galeazzi

The 2013 Easter Time, March 31st, and the good weather and mild temperatures (hopefully! Ed), are approaching with great strides. Also for the Green Heart of Italy: the days are longer, the landscapes are filled with different shades of colors. You can go hiking, walking, climbing, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking… Then we want to talk about the history, art and spirituality that you can breathe deeply in Umbria, thanks also for its unique monuments and sites?
What you know already. Or should you try it.
>>Discover our offers for the 2013 Easter Holidays in Umbria!

In this special, however, we will speak of the events in this green region for 2013 Easter, considering the period from March 25th to April 1st. Starting from civil events then move on to the most famous Umbrian Celebrations for the Holy Week.

MUSIC

For quite some years, now, the week leading up to Easter in Umbria can not begin without the RAI 1 Concerto di Pasqua (Easter Concert), promoted by Progetto Omaggio all’Umbria and first appointment of the 2013 Assisi nel Mondo Festival, dedicated to UNICEF Italy for the collection of funds for the children of the world. On March 25th, 2013 at 18:00 (broadcast network on Good Friday, March 29th, 2013), Duomo of Orvieto, will perform the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Giuseppe Verdi Preludes I and III act of the opera “La Traviata”; L. V. Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major, opera 68 “Pastorale”.
For more information assisinelmondo.it.

Still in Orvieto, but from March 23rd to May 19th, the 2013 Orvieto Musica e Cultura Festival, 3rd edition. The event’s programme brings to the fore a selection of songs of the great composers of classical music tradition performed, in some cases, following the review of contemporary masters. 2nd concert on March 30th, 2013 starting at 17:00, also this one at the Duomo, with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Camille Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila; Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48 – Pie Jesus, for Soprano and Orchestra – In Paradisum, for Choir and Orchestra.
For further information opsm.it and operaroma.it.

In Cascia, at the Sala della Pace located in Viale di Santa Rita, on April 2nd, 2013 at 21:00 concert by the S. Rita of Cascia HS Symphonic Band, from Chicago. Admission is free.
For further information mail infobasilica@santaritadacascia.org, Ph. (+39) 0743 75091.

FOOD & WINE

The Sant’Agostino’s Chiostro, in the center of Montefalco, will host from March 30th to April 1st, 2013, the 13th edition of Terre del Sagrantino (Lands of the Sagrantino), an event that focuses on the Montefalco wines, Rosso and Sagrantino. But there will also be other food excellences of the territory as olive oil, legumes, grains, honey, cakes, cold cuts and quality craftsmanship with the presentation of textile works. In addition, there will be exhibitions, Easter markets, concerts and much more.

In Orvieto from March 28th to April 1st the Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano (Orvieto Easter Pizzas Festival), 11th edition. Public competition dedicated to one of the symbols of the Umbrian tradition: the Pizza or Torta di Pasqua (Easter Pizza or Cake), do not confuse with the normal pizza, that, even today, is made with recipe variations, both by famiglie, both by the ovens and pastry chefs throughout the Orvieto country. The Festival awards the “best Orvieto’s Easter Pizza”, focusing attention on the pizzas as symbolic and real food of the Easter time. In addition, Gourmet Competition with “professionals” and “amateurs” sectiones, “Pizza Dolce” (Sweet Pizza) and “Pizza Salata” (Savory Pizza).
With free tasting from March 29th (10:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00) at Il Palazzo del Gusto, paired with the wines of the Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria.
Alongside the 2013 Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano Rules & Programme. For further information please check ilpalazzodelgusto.it.

In Vallo di Nera starting at 10:00 on the morning of Easter Colazione di Pasqua in Piazza (Easter Breakfast in the Square). In the enchanting Piazza di San Giovanni is consumed the rich Vallana Easter Breakfast. Among cured meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, omelettes, chocolate eggs, pizze di pasqua dolci & salate.

ART & CULTURE

25th edition for the Mostra Concorso Nazionale Ovo Pinto (Ovo Pinto National Contest-Show), in Civitella del Lago, Baschi. From March 31st to May 1st, 2013 exhibition of paintings and works, free theme, on the eggs. The painting of the eggs during Easter Time is an ancient custom that dates back to the Romans and still common in Europe, especially in Central Italy where it is a tradition deeply felt.
For more information and to enter the contest, please consult the official website ovopinto.it.

The first exhibit scheduled at Minigallery_Assisi for the 2013 spring/summer calendar will be dedicated to the couple Armando Moriconi – Andrea Pinchi, both Foligno’s guy very close to Assisi. Moriconi is a sculptor, a lover of marble, Carrara white and black of Belgium, the second painter, of historical organara family that in the paintings returns life to old materials from its tradition of craftsmanship. The exhibition will be curated by Francesca Briganti and will be open from March 23rd until April 7th, 2013.
For more information on showings planned, check out our article 2013 Minigallery_Assisi Spring-Summer Exhibitions.

In Spoleto for 2013 Eccellenti, interviews and lectures of the Accademia Spoletina, the conference hall of the Biblioteca Comunale Friday, March 29th, 2013, starting at 16:30, Alfonso Marchese will interview Alberto Zuccari, an aeronautical engineer of the QFP.

Remaining in the city of the Festival of the 2 Worlds, we report 3 exhibitions that can be visited at Palazzo Collicola, all curated by Gianluca Marziani: the anthology of Gastone Biaggi; Biocities of the contemporary photographer Carlo D’Orta, the mix of painting, sound and color by Max Ciogli in Nuova Memoria. From March 16th to May 26th, 2013.
For further information palazzocollicola.it.

At the Archaeological Museum of Amelia from March 30th to May 12th Bronzi Preziosi (Precious Bronzes), solo show of Anna and Massimo Ranalli. The exposisition is inserted into the series of events known as 1963 – 2013: Cinquantant’anni dalla Scoperta del Germanico. The artists, master goldsmiths, will create works inspired by the bronze statue of the Roman warlord.

Until May 4th, 2013 the Palazzo Mazzancolli, site of the Terni’s Statal Archive, will host the photo & documentary exhibition Le Lettere di Frate Gabriel (The Letters by Frate Gabriel). 150 years after the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 March 1863) letters, telegrams, autograph notes, photographs and newspapers fruit of the correspondence (and admiration) among 3 persons, the Commander, the Ternano Elia Rossi Passavanti (one of only 2 Italians to receive the Gold Medal of Valor both in the First and the Second World War; was then a politician and also Podestà and historian of Terni. And just to his city he left, before he died, his huge archive of documents) and the wife of the latter, the Piedmont noblewoman Margherita D’Incisa di Camerana. Exposition divided into 2 parts: Fiume, from November 1919 to May 1920; the Vittoriale, from July 1922 to September 1930.

Always in the city of St. Valentine, halls of the Palazzo di Primavera, Istanti al femminile (Women’s Instants), photo exhibit. This one will be divided into 2 sections, too: the first dedicated to the unpublished snapshots of the National Photographic Competition organized in 2012 by the Orneore Metelli Municipal Art Gallery Istanti al femminile – Attualità in immagini; the second, called La città delle Donne (The Women’s City), will be a journey into the twentieth century Terni women’s told through photos collected by the BCT, Terni Municipal Library. From March 8th to April 14th, 2013, 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, Monday closed.
For more information bct.comune.terni.it.

In Perugia, precisely at Cerp, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Centre, from March 21st to April 7th the exhibition Tra Sogni e Realtà (Between Dreams and Reality), paintings by Federico Marchesini. Can be visited from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30, closed on Mondays.

CELEBRATIONS FOR THE HOLY WEEK

We’ll going to list the most famous and important religious events of the Umbrian Easter. Lion’s share, of course, Assisi, the town best known for the same, considering the charm of the place, the intensity of the performances and the deep-rooted spirituality that characterizes this land. But even in Gubbio, Norcia and Cascia and surrounding areas Easter is deeply felt, with liturgies, processions and representations:

  • path of Holy Thursday in Assisi;

  • Good Friday in Assisi, with the 2 processions of the statues of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows, from the Cathedral of St. Rufino to the Basilica of St. Francis and return through, in the morning procession, the cloistered monasteries;

  • Great Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi;

  • the other ways of the Cross on Good Friday. In Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Montefalco, Terni, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and other towns is relived the Christ’s martyrdom in the “Via Crucis” with a path to the Calvary, as for example in the borgo of Sigillo and Fossato di Vico, or the representation of the passion and death of Jesus through real tableaux as happens in Cascia, Norcia and in all the villages of the Valnerina;

  • the Messa del Crisma at the Cathedral of St. Rufino, Assisi;

  • the Scavigliazione, fourteenth century Ceremony. Also this one at the Cathedral of St. Rufino;

  • the Ora Santa in Bastia Umbra, at the Church of St. Rocco;

  • ancient rite of the Rinchinata in Cannara. At the Church of St. Matthew of Cannara, in the province of Perugia, be held the ancient rite of Rinchinata which resumed the meeting of the risen Christ with the Virgin Mary. From two churches begin two processions, one with a statue of Jesus, the other the Madonna. When the two processions meet a few meters of each other, the two statues are made bow;

  • Vespertina Mass and procession of the Rinchinata in Bastia Umbra;

  • the Quadri Viventi (Tableaux) of Città della Pieve. The charming basement of Palazzo Orca, on March 31st and April 1st, 2013, will host the play, with about 40 walkers on, of the Quadri Viventi, the scenes of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Quadri, 6, will be The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Ecce Homo, The Flagellation, The Pity on the Dead Christ and The Resurrection. Taking a cue from the Italian painting tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries;
  •  Sacred Representation of “The Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus” in Baschi, loc. Pantanelli. At the shrine of St. Angelo in Pantanelli every year on the evening of Easter Sunday, starting at 21:00, is staged a touring theatrical play, with 12 moving Quadri, which recall the last days related to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 105 actors of the artistic staff divided the show between the striking portico in front of the sanctuary and the woods below. In the cave where S. Francis of Assisi lived is represented the scene of the Resurrection;

  • Easter Monday of Assisi.

There’s something for everyone, is not it? And you have to read this sentence, too? What are you waiting for to visit us? Take a look at our offers to spend 2013 Easter in Umbria.
In the meanwhile, the entire Bella Umbria staff wishes you a Happy Easter!

Fabrizio Galeazzi

The 2013 Easter Time, March 31st, and the good weather and mild temperatures (hopefully! Ed), are approaching with great strides. Also for the Green Heart of Italy: the days are longer, the landscapes are filled with different shades of colors. You can go hiking, walking, climbing, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking… Then we want to talk about the history, art and spirituality that you can breathe deeply in Umbria, thanks also for its unique monuments and sites?
What you know already. Or should you try it.
>>Discover our offers for the 2013 Easter Holidays in Umbria!

In this special, however, we will speak of the events in this green region for 2013 Easter, considering the period from March 25th to April 1st. Starting from civil events then move on to the most famous Umbrian Celebrations for the Holy Week.

MUSIC

For quite some years, now, the week leading up to Easter in Umbria can not begin without the RAI 1 Concerto di Pasqua (Easter Concert), promoted by Progetto Omaggio all’Umbria and first appointment of the 2013 Assisi nel Mondo Festival, dedicated to UNICEF Italy for the collection of funds for the children of the world. On March 25th, 2013 at 18:00 (broadcast network on Good Friday, March 29th, 2013), Duomo of Orvieto, will perform the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Giuseppe Verdi Preludes I and III act of the opera “La Traviata”; L. V. Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major, opera 68 “Pastorale”.
For more information assisinelmondo.it.

Still in Orvieto, but from March 23rd to May 19th, the 2013 Orvieto Musica e Cultura Festival, 3rd edition. The event’s programme brings to the fore a selection of songs of the great composers of classical music tradition performed, in some cases, following the review of contemporary masters. 2nd concert on March 30th, 2013 starting at 17:00, also this one at the Duomo, with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Camille Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila; Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48 – Pie Jesus, for Soprano and Orchestra – In Paradisum, for Choir and Orchestra.
For further information opsm.it and operaroma.it.

In Cascia, at the Sala della Pace located in Viale di Santa Rita, on April 2nd, 2013 at 21:00 concert by the S. Rita of Cascia HS Symphonic Band, from Chicago. Admission is free.
For further information mail infobasilica@santaritadacascia.org, Ph. (+39) 0743 75091.

FOOD & WINE

The Sant’Agostino’s Chiostro, in the center of Montefalco, will host from March 30th to April 1st, 2013, the 13th edition of Terre del Sagrantino (Lands of the Sagrantino), an event that focuses on the Montefalco wines, Rosso and Sagrantino. But there will also be other food excellences of the territory as olive oil, legumes, grains, honey, cakes, cold cuts and quality craftsmanship with the presentation of textile works. In addition, there will be exhibitions, Easter markets, concerts and much more.

In Orvieto from March 28th to April 1st the Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano (Orvieto Easter Pizzas Festival), 11th edition. Public competition dedicated to one of the symbols of the Umbrian tradition: the Pizza or Torta di Pasqua (Easter Pizza or Cake), do not confuse with the normal pizza, that, even today, is made with recipe variations, both by famiglie, both by the ovens and pastry chefs throughout the Orvieto country. The Festival awards the “best Orvieto’s Easter Pizza”, focusing attention on the pizzas as symbolic and real food of the Easter time. In addition, Gourmet Competition with “professionals” and “amateurs” sectiones, “Pizza Dolce” (Sweet Pizza) and “Pizza Salata” (Savory Pizza). With free tasting paired with the wines of the Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria.
For further information please check ilpalazzodelgusto.it.

In Vallo di Nera starting at 10:00 on the morning of Easter Colazione di Pasqua in Piazza (Easter Breakfast in the Square). In the enchanting Piazza di San Giovanni is consumed the rich Vallana Easter Breakfast. Among cured meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, omelettes, chocolate eggs, pizze di pasqua dolci & salate.

ART & CULTURE

25th edition for the Mostra Concorso Nazionale Ovo Pinto (Ovo Pinto National Contest-Show), in Civitella del Lago, Baschi. From March 31st to May 1st, 2013 exhibition of paintings and works, free theme, on the eggs. The painting of the eggs during Easter Time is an ancient custom that dates back to the Romans and still common in Europe, especially in Central Italy where it is a tradition deeply felt.
For more information and to enter the contest, please consult the official website ovopinto.it.

The first exhibit scheduled at Minigallery_Assisi for the 2013 spring/summer calendar will be dedicated to the couple Armando Moriconi – Andrea Pinchi, both Foligno’s guy very close to Assisi. Moriconi is a sculptor, a lover of marble, Carrara white and black of Belgium, the second painter, of historical organara family that in the paintings returns life to old materials from its tradition of craftsmanship. The exhibition will be curated by Francesca Briganti and will be open from March 23rd until April 7th, 2013.
For more information on showings planned, check out our article 2013 Minigallery_Assisi Spring-Summer Exhibitions.

In Spoleto for 2013 Eccellenti, interviews and lectures of the Accademia Spoletina, the conference hall of the Biblioteca Comunale Friday, March 29th, 2013, starting at 16:30, Alfonso Marchese will interview Alberto Zuccari, an aeronautical engineer of the QFP.

Remaining in the city of the Festival of the 2 Worlds, we report 3 exhibitions that can be visited at Palazzo Collicola, all curated by Gianluca Marziani: the anthology of Gastone Biaggi; Biocities of the contemporary photographer Carlo D’Orta, the mix of painting, sound and color by Max Ciogli in Nuova Memoria. From March 16th to May 26th, 2013.
For further information palazzocollicola.it.

At the Archaeological Museum of Amelia from March 30th to May 12th Bronzi Preziosi (Precious Bronzes), solo show of Anna and Massimo Ranalli. The exposisition is inserted into the series of events known as 1963 – 2013: Cinquantant’anni dalla Scoperta del Germanico. The artists, master goldsmiths, will create works inspired by the bronze statue of the Roman warlord.

Until May 4th, 2013 the Palazzo Mazzancolli, site of the Terni’s Statal Archive, will host the photo & documentary exhibition Le Lettere di Frate Gabriel (The Letters by Frate Gabriel). 150 years after the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 March 1863) letters, telegrams, autograph notes, photographs and newspapers fruit of the correspondence (and admiration) among 3 persons, the Commander, the Ternano Elia Rossi Passavanti (one of only 2 Italians to receive the Gold Medal of Valor both in the First and the Second World War; was then a politician and also Podestà and historian of Terni. And just to his city he left, before he died, his huge archive of documents) and the wife of the latter, the Piedmont noblewoman Margherita D’Incisa di Camerana. Exposition divided into 2 parts: Fiume, from November 1919 to May 1920; the Vittoriale, from July 1922 to September 1930.

Always in the city of St. Valentine, halls of the Palazzo di Primavera, Istanti al femminile (Women’s Instants), photo exhibit. This one will be divided into 2 sections, too: the first dedicated to the unpublished snapshots of the National Photographic Competition organized in 2012 by the Orneore Metelli Municipal Art Gallery Istanti al femminile – Attualità in immagini; the second, called La città delle Donne (The Women’s City), will be a journey into the twentieth century Terni women’s told through photos collected by the BCT, Terni Municipal Library. From March 8th to April 14th, 2013, 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, Monday closed.
For more information bct.comune.terni.it.

In Perugia, precisely at Cerp, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Centre, from March 21st to April 7th the exhibition Tra Sogni e Realtà (Between Dreams and Reality), paintings by Federico Marchesini. Can be visited from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30, closed on Mondays.

CELEBRATIONS FOR THE HOLY WEEK

We’ll going to list the most famous and important religious events of the Umbrian Easter. Lion’s share, of course, Assisi, the town best known for the same, considering the charm of the place, the intensity of the performances and the deep-rooted spirituality that characterizes this land. But even in Gubbio, Norcia and Cascia and surrounding areas Easter is deeply felt, with liturgies, processions and representations:

  • path of the Holy Thursday in Assisi;

  • Good Friday in Assisi, with the 2 processions of the statues of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows, from the Cathedral of St. Rufino to the Basilica of St. Francis and return through, in the morning procession, the cloistered monasteries;

  • Great Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi;

  • the other ways of the Cross on Good Friday. In Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Montefalco, Terni, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and other towns is relived the Christ’s martyrdom in the “Via Crucis” with a path to the Calvary, as for example in the borgo of Sigillo and Fossato di Vico, or the representation of the passion and death of Jesus through real tableaux as happens in Cascia, Norcia and in all the villages of the Valnerina;

  • the Messa del Crisma at the Cathedral of St. Rufino, Assisi;

  • the Scavigliazione, fourteenth century Ceremony. Also this one at the Cathedral of St. Rufino;

  • the Ora Santa in Bastia Umbra, at the Church of St. Rocco;

  • ancient rite of the Rinchinata in Cannara. At the Church of St. Matthew of Cannara, in the province of Perugia, be held the ancient rite of Rinchinata which resumed the meeting of the risen Christ with the Virgin Mary. From two churches begin two processions, one with a statue of Jesus, the other the Madonna. When the two processions meet a few meters of each other, the two statues are made bow;

  • Vespertina Mass and procession of the Rinchinata in Bastia Umbra;

  • the Quadri Viventi (Tableaux) of Città della Pieve. The charming basement of Palazzo Orca, on March 31st and April 1st, 2013, will host the play, with about 40 walkers on, of the Quadri Viventi, the scenes of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Quadri, 6, will be The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Ecce Homo, The Flagellation, The Pity on the Dead Christ and The Resurrection. Taking a cue from the Italian painting tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries;

  • Sacred Representation of “The Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus” in Baschi, loc. Pantanelli. At the shrine of St. Angelo in Pantanelli every year on the evening of Easter Sunday, starting at 21:00, is staged a touring theatrical play, with 12 moving Quadri, which recall the last days related to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 105 actors of the artistic staff divided the show between the striking portico in front of the sanctuary and the woods below. In the cave where S. Francis of Assisi lived is represented the scene of the Resurrection;

  • Easter Monday of Assisi.

There’s something for everyone, is not it? And you have to read this sentence, too? What are you waiting for to visit us? Take a look at our offers to spend 2013 Easter in Umbria.
In the meanwhile, the entire Bella Umbria staff wishes you a Happy Easter!

Fabrizio Galeazzi

The 2013 Easter Time, March 31st, and the good weather and mild temperatures (hopefully! Ed), are approaching with great strides. Also for the Green Heart of Italy: the days are longer, the landscapes are filled with different shades of colors. You can go hiking, walking, climbing, horse riding, fishing, mountain biking… Then we want to talk about the history, art and spirituality that you can breathe deeply in Umbria, thanks also for its unique monuments and sites?
What you know already. Or should you try it.
>>Discover our offers for the 2013 Easter Holidays in Umbria!

In this special, however, we will speak of the events in this green region for 2013 Easter, considering the period from March 25th to April 1st. Starting from civil events then move on to the most famous Umbrian Celebrations for the Holy Week.

MUSIC

For quite some years, now, the week leading up to Easter in Umbria can not begin without the RAI 1 Concerto di Pasqua (Easter Concert), promoted by Progetto Omaggio all’Umbria and first appointment of the 2013 Assisi nel Mondo Festival, dedicated to UNICEF Italy for the collection of funds for the children of the world. On March 25th, 2013 at 18:00 (broadcast network on Good Friday, March 29th, 2013), Duomo of Orvieto, will perform the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Giuseppe Verdi Preludes I and III act of the opera “La Traviata”; L. V. Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 in F major, opera 68 “Pastorale”.
For more information assisinelmondo.it.

Still in Orvieto, but from March 23rd to May 19th, the 2013 Orvieto Musica e Cultura Festival, 3rd edition. The event’s programme brings to the fore a selection of songs of the great composers of classical music tradition performed, in some cases, following the review of contemporary masters. 2nd concert on March 30th, 2013 starting at 17:00, also this one at the Duomo, with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Camille Saint-Saens – Samson et Dalila; Gabriel Fauré – Requiem, Op. 48 – Pie Jesus, for Soprano and Orchestra – In Paradisum, for Choir and Orchestra.
For further information opsm.it and operaroma.it.

In Cascia, at the Sala della Pace located in Viale di Santa Rita, on April 2nd, 2013 at 21:00 concert by the S. Rita of Cascia HS Symphonic Band, from Chicago. Admission is free.
For further information mail infobasilica@santaritadacascia.org, Ph. (+39) 0743 75091.

FOOD & WINE

The Sant’Agostino’s Chiostro, in the center of Montefalco, will host from March 30th to April 1st, 2013, the 13th edition of Terre del Sagrantino (Lands of the Sagrantino), an event that focuses on the Montefalco wines, Rosso and Sagrantino. But there will also be other food excellences of the territory as olive oil, legumes, grains, honey, cakes, cold cuts and quality craftsmanship with the presentation of textile works. In addition, there will be exhibitions, Easter markets, concerts and much more.

In Orvieto from March 28th to April 1st the Rassegna delle Pizze di Pasqua dell’Orvietano (Orvieto Easter Pizzas Festival), 11th edition. Public competition dedicated to one of the symbols of the Umbrian tradition: the Pizza or Torta di Pasqua (Easter Pizza or Cake), do not confuse with the normal pizza, that, even today, is made with recipe variations, both by famiglie, both by the ovens and pastry chefs throughout the Orvieto country. The Festival awards the “best Orvieto’s Easter Pizza”, focusing attention on the pizzas as symbolic and real food of the Easter time. In addition, Gourmet Competition with “professionals” and “amateurs” sectiones, “Pizza Dolce” (Sweet Pizza) and “Pizza Salata” (Savory Pizza). With free tasting paired with the wines of the Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria.
For further information please check ilpalazzodelgusto.it.

In Vallo di Nera starting at 10:00 on the morning of Easter Colazione di Pasqua in Piazza (Easter Breakfast in the Square). In the enchanting Piazza di San Giovanni is consumed the rich Vallana Easter Breakfast. Among cured meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, omelettes, chocolate eggs, pizze di pasqua dolci & salate.

ART & CULTURE

25th edition for the Mostra Concorso Nazionale Ovo Pinto (Ovo Pinto National Contest-Show), in Civitella del Lago, Baschi. From March 31st to May 1st, 2013 exhibition of paintings and works, free theme, on the eggs. The painting of the eggs during Easter Time is an ancient custom that dates back to the Romans and still common in Europe, especially in Central Italy where it is a tradition deeply felt.
For more information and to enter the contest, please consult the official website ovopinto.it.

The first exhibit scheduled at Minigallery_Assisi for the 2013 spring/summer calendar will be dedicated to the couple Armando Moriconi – Andrea Pinchi, both Foligno’s guy very close to Assisi. Moriconi is a sculptor, a lover of marble, Carrara white and black of Belgium, the second painter, of historical organara family that in the paintings returns life to old materials from its tradition of craftsmanship. The exhibition will be curated by Francesca Briganti and will be open from March 23rd until April 7th, 2013.
For more information on showings planned, check out our article 2013 Minigallery_Assisi Spring-Summer Exhibitions.

In Spoleto for 2013 Eccellenti, interviews and lectures of the Accademia Spoletina, the conference hall of the Biblioteca Comunale Friday, March 29th, 2013, starting at 16:30, Alfonso Marchese will interview Alberto Zuccari, an aeronautical engineer of the QFP.

Remaining in the city of the Festival of the 2 Worlds, we report 3 exhibitions that can be visited at Palazzo Collicola, all curated by Gianluca Marziani: the anthology of Gastone Biaggi; Biocities of the contemporary photographer Carlo D’Orta, the mix of painting, sound and color by Max Ciogli in Nuova Memoria. From March 16th to May 26th, 2013.
For further information palazzocollicola.it.

At the Archaeological Museum of Amelia from March 30th to May 12th Bronzi Preziosi (Precious Bronzes), solo show of Anna and Massimo Ranalli. The exposisition is inserted into the series of events known as 1963 – 2013: Cinquantant’anni dalla Scoperta del Germanico. The artists, master goldsmiths, will create works inspired by the bronze statue of the Roman warlord.

Until May 4th, 2013 the Palazzo Mazzancolli, site of the Terni’s Statal Archive, will host the photo & documentary exhibition Le Lettere di Frate Gabriel (The Letters by Frate Gabriel). 150 years after the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio (12 March 1863) letters, telegrams, autograph notes, photographs and newspapers fruit of the correspondence (and admiration) among 3 persons, the Commander, the Ternano Elia Rossi Passavanti (one of only 2 Italians to receive the Gold Medal of Valor both in the First and the Second World War; was then a politician and also Podestà and historian of Terni. And just to his city he left, before he died, his huge archive of documents) and the wife of the latter, the Piedmont noblewoman Margherita D’Incisa di Camerana. Exposition divided into 2 parts: Fiume, from November 1919 to May 1920; the Vittoriale, from July 1922 to September 1930.

Always in the city of St. Valentine, halls of the Palazzo di Primavera, Istanti al femminile (Women’s Instants), photo exhibit. This one will be divided into 2 sections, too: the first dedicated to the unpublished snapshots of the National Photographic Competition organized in 2012 by the Orneore Metelli Municipal Art Gallery Istanti al femminile – Attualità in immagini; the second, called La città delle Donne (The Women’s City), will be a journey into the twentieth century Terni women’s told through photos collected by the BCT, Terni Municipal Library. From March 8th to April 14th, 2013, 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00, Monday closed.
For more information bct.comune.terni.it.

In Perugia, precisely at Cerp, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Centre, from March 21st to April 7th the exhibition Tra Sogni e Realtà (Between Dreams and Reality), paintings by Federico Marchesini. Can be visited from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30, closed on Mondays.

CELEBRATIONS FOR THE HOLY WEEK

We’ll going to list the most famous and important religious events of the Umbrian Easter. Lion’s share, of course, Assisi, the town best known for the same, considering the charm of the place, the intensity of the performances and the deep-rooted spirituality that characterizes this land. But even in Gubbio, Norcia and Cascia and surrounding areas Easter is deeply felt, with liturgies, processions and representations:

  • path of Holy Thursday in Assisi;

  • Good Friday in Assisi, with the 2 processions of the statues of the dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows, from the Cathedral of St. Rufino to the Basilica of St. Francis and return through, in the morning procession, the cloistered monasteries;

  • Great Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi;

  • the other ways of the Cross on Good Friday. In Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Montefalco, Terni, Perugia, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto and other towns is relived the Christ’s martyrdom in the “Via Crucis” with a path to the Calvary, as for example in the borgo of Sigillo and Fossato di Vico, or the representation of the passion and death of Jesus through real tableaux as happens in Cascia, Norcia and in all the villages of the Valnerina;

  • the Messa del Crisma at the Cathedral of St. Rufino, Assisi;

  • the Scavigliazione, fourteenth century Ceremony. Also this one at the Cathedral of St. Rufino;

  • the Ora Santa in Bastia Umbra, at the Church of St. Rocco;

  • ancient rite of the Rinchinata in Cannara. At the Church of St. Matthew of Cannara, in the province of Perugia, be held the ancient rite of Rinchinata which resumed the meeting of the risen Christ with the Virgin Mary. From two churches begin two processions, one with a statue of Jesus, the other the Madonna. When the two processions meet a few meters of each other, the two statues are made bow;

  • Vespertina Mass and procession of the Rinchinata in Bastia Umbra;

  • the Quadri Viventi (Tableaux) of Città della Pieve. The charming basement of Palazzo Orca, on March 31st and April 1st, 2013, will host the play, with about 40 walkers on, of the Quadri Viventi, the scenes of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ. The Quadri, 6, will be The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Ecce Homo, The Flagellation, The Pity on the Dead Christ and The Resurrection. Taking a cue from the Italian painting tradition of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries;
  • Sacred Representation of “The Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus” in Baschi, loc. Pantanelli. At the shrine of St. Angelo in Pantanelli every year on the evening of Easter Sunday, starting at 21:00, is staged a touring theatrical play, with 12 moving Quadri, which recall the last days related to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The 105 actors of the artistic staff divided the show between the striking portico in front of the sanctuary and the woods below. In the cave where S. Francis of Assisi lived is represented the scene of the Resurrection;

  • Easter Monday of Assisi.

There’s something for everyone, is not it? And you have to read this sentence, too? What are you waiting for to visit us? Take a look at our offers to spend 2013 Easter in Umbria.
In the meanwhile, the entire Bella Umbria staff wishes you a Happy Easter!

Fabrizio Galeazzi