Oh dear it is that time of year again, the shops are becoming gaudy and gaily lit up, supermarkets piled high with Panettone and beer, hunky workmen are in the streets hanging soon to be lit strings of soon to be twinkly lights, and people are already beginning to stress over what to buy for ‘auntie Maud’ and the rest of the clan and cope with a multitude of faddy diets and food allergies as they organise feasts.
The excitement reached my local town of Gubbio some months ago. At a tourism committee meeting we learnt that the town is to erect a 40 metre panoramic wheel in the main piazza, it opened last weekend, coloured lights and views over the medieval city. On 7th December the “World’s Largest Christmas Tree” starting from the city walls and rising the slopes of Monte Ingino to a star on the summit will be lit in an evening of fireworks and party.
Check the website here: Albero di Gubbio
The guys who are behind this spectacle have been stringing kilometres of cables all over the hillside and attaching hundreds of huge lights to trees and poles, it is a massive undertaking, all done by volunteers. Bellaugello Gay Guest House got in early and we sponsored one of the lights, I just like to be part of the town and also to say thank you to all you guys that stay with us and support Bellaugello.
Come visit and stay at Bellaugello for the weekend of 7th – 10th December. I have kept two suites open and as the services offered are more informal I am offering a special reduced winter rate. Check the “Deals” page on the website for the offer and get booking.
Assisi, Bevagna, Montone and Perugia all have large Christmas markets. The market in Perugia is held in the Rocca Paolina the underground medieval city beneath the now city centre. Walk ancient streets and filled with artisan stalls, from crafts to cheese, baubles to bottles, ceramics to chocolate, a gift for everyone.