Gale force winds, rain, hail it has been a blustery few days here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria. I guess it was inevitable after an ever long warm autumn that winter arrived, and by golly it has! I have spent countless hours clearing ditches, hoiking leaves out of the swimming pool and picking up broken tree branches from around the garden and policies.
However, to turn this post on its head (blown away being the link) I move on to March and the 24th to be precise which is when Bellaugello re-opens for the 2016 season, just in time for Easter. The Easter weekend is important throughout Italy and especially huge here in Gubbio starting on the Friday before Easter (in Italian ‘Venerdì Santo’) the day when the passion of Christ is remembered and in Gubbio starting at 18:00 there is the most magical and haunting procession throughout the centro storico. A short YouTube video well shows some of the beauty of the procession.
By tradition we at Bellaugello head into town to watch part of the procession, the chanting mesmerising, the atmosphere intense and reverent, and then we all head to a local restaurant for dinner of good Umbrian food. The procession continues, and passes by later the restaurant later in the evening.
On Easter Sunday again by tradition we are invited over to a neighbouring farm for a lunch party. My neighbours very kindly host this party, it is of course optional and no cost but we ask that any guest wishing to join in brings some food from their own country to share as a contribution to the lunch, (wine and chocolates as a gift to our hosts are also welcome too!). As well as we ‘adopted locals’ there are friends from the area and always some from overseas, so making the event really multinational. We roll painted eggs down the hillside above the farm and weather permitting eat lunch in the courtyard.
Both events show a different but very important part of life here in springtime and combine tradition and friendship, the ethos of Bellaugello.
I know it is early, but suites are already getting booked up for this last week in March, so to be able to join us hit that ‘Book Now’ button on the website…