Events in Umbria
The small size of Umbria belies its importance as a region filled with cultural and historical treasures. All the cities of interest are within a few hours of each other, so a weeklong holiday here bids plenty of time to sample the best the region has to offer. In fact, virtually every Umbrian villa is situated perfectly for venturing into other regions as well. Rome, Siena and Florence are all less than two hours away– easy daytrips for most.
July and August are high festival and concert season; given the popularity of these events, it pays to purchase tickets ahead of time. Villas in Umbria are also in demand during the festival season so start by reserving your villa then organizing your festival tickets.
Vini nel Mondo
A 3-day festival where hundreds of wineries in the region present that year’s vintage. The village is brought alive by all the wine, food, and music.
Tournament of the Quintana
Representatives from the four regions of Foligno compete in a jousting tournament; instead of knocking a rider off his horse these knights have to use their lance to pick up a small ring off of a stand, with the ring shrinking in size every time they pick it up.
Umbria Jazz Festival
In Perugia one of the worlds largest and most important jazz festivals is held every year. This festival has ten day of great jazz music; with past performances by legends such as B.B. King and Miles Davis.
Fuga del Bove
On the 3rd Sunday of the month the village of Montefalco hosts its own version of the running of the bulls. In this town’s version each neighborhood is given a bull and the neighbor hoods race the bulls though the city, using whatever mean necessary to get the bull to run across the finish line first.
San Elana di Marsciano hosts what is reported to be the oldest wine festival in the world. It is a weeklong celebration and thousands come from all over the world each year for the event.