#ARTMOMENT: Calendimaggio is Coming

Sotto and Sopra

Looking forward to #Calendimaggio, the equivalent to May Day. Historical background to the festival is the long-standing rivalry between the “Upper” and the “Lower” parts of Assisi and bloody feuds for supremacy between the Nepis and the Fiumi families who were the leaders of the two warring factions. The feuding began in the 14 Century and continued unchecked for over 200 years.

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#ARTMOMENT: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Day

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, medals of honor were given to the families of Henry Fiorucci and Marsilio Traversini for the suffering they received during WWII. The ceremony was held in Assisi’s “Museum of Memory” Palace.

During World War II, including approximately 300 Jews were hidden in the city’s convents, monasteries and private homes. Not one Jewish person — protected in Assisi through a network managed by the local bishop — was deported to a concentration camp.

You can read more here, “Following Francis’ Footsteps: How Assisi Protected Jews During World War II.”

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#ARTMOMENT: Lago Trasimeno

Lago Trasimeno

Sunset over Lake Trasimeno, known as the “Lake of Perugia.” In prehistoric times, this lake extended almost to Perugia.

In 217 B.C., Hannibal won a major victory over the Roman army at the Lake. In the prelude to the battle, Hannibal also achieved the earliest known example of a strategic turning movement.

Around 1211, St Francis of Assisi lived 40 days on the major island in the middle of the Lake as a hermit during Lent.

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#ARTMOMENT: L’Olio Nuovo

Olio Nuovo

During the month of November, many cities like #Assisi celebrate the arrival of the “New Oil,” the first gentle press of the olive fruit. This first batch has a deep, pungent odor and leaves a sharp aftertaste in the back of your throat. The flavor is exquisite and can be used to complement pasta, mozzarella, and of course just simply poured over bread. #olionuovo

#ARTMOMENT: Durante il mese di Novembre, molti paesi come #Assisi festeggiano l’arrivo dell’olio nuovo; la prima pressattura del frutto dell’olivo. L’olio è pungente e lascia un retrogusto di piccante nella gola. Il sapore è così distinto che può essere utilizzato anche solo per condire la pasta, la mozzarella, oppure semplicemente per fare la bruschetta. #olionuovo

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#ARTMOMENT: La Rocca Maggiore

La Rocca

#RoccaMaggiore has loomed over Assisi for almost 1,000 years, constituting the most viable fortification for their defense.  In 1198, a 16-year-old St. Francis once participated in storming the fortress during a battle between the citizens and the nobility. It was eventually rebuilt but never to its former glory.

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