It’s always hard when waking early, but getting up is not a problem especially when the day begins warmly and magnificently. Then to be greeted with an enormous full bloodied sunrise through the window at Bellaugello Gay Guest House I just know the day is off to a good start. So it was this morning;
The suns rays streamed through the window bathing the bedroom in a golden light. The shadows cast playing with movement in the room, golden rays bouncing off the mirror and splashing the stone walls. Sometimes it is good to lie back and enjoy.
In moments like these I occasionally think of the people whose lives have been part of the history of this ancient Umbrian farmhouse. Were they like me blown away by the energy and beauty, or were some oblivious? When St Francis of Assisi walked these hills passing Bellaugello on the way to Gubbio surely he and his followers revelled in the beauty, they walked slowly they must have. I wonder did the soldiers fighting in the last war dug in on both sides of the valley whilst firing shells over the house and hard worked land have time to admire the beauty? I guess rarely. Bellaugello is a fixture, it has been a farm for over four hundred years, and parts of the house date way back then. Through history the house has been home to many families. I know some members of the last of the ‘Mezzadri’ as happily some including an amazing woman now over ninety still return and share wondrous stories. Reading between the lines they recount of their lives, they were anything but easy. Did they have time in their hard lives to pause and be amazed by such sunrises? I know their work days were ruled by daylight, so I guess they probably did pause and get blown away. From their return visits and my experience I know the pull of this place is strong.
Now like the times, the use of the house has changed. We concentrate less on agriculture instead our focus is on welcoming guests from all over the world. Mind you we do still produce dazzlingly delicious extra virgin olive oil. Bellaugello is the leading Gay Guest House in Italy. Where two families once lived there are now five luxury suites for you guys to enjoy. Here I know guys find a huge level of peace and pleasure, they find time to breathe and enjoy nature. Bellaugello is an utterly magical spot and many guys capture its beauty in their holiday snaps that they choose to share with me. You too can come and stay, take your own photos and experience the magic.
Enough of the lyrical melancholy! I spent yesterday in front of the computer correcting errors on the Bellaugello website. It seems that the ‘experts’ had made a mess of things on some of the Dutch and Italian pages (for which mijn verontschuldigingen) and having worked hard eventually I discovered how to correct them. It was a very satisfying day. I had to write some new copy and took time to add some new Spring Offers to our ‘Deals’ page. If only I could translate that page into other languages I would be a veritable star!
The amazing sunrises are not the only reason to visit Bellaugello. Continuing the red theme, Spring in Umbria is a time when there is lots going on not forgetting the stunning “Festa dei Ceri” the Race of the Candles on 15th of May. The planning for this historic tradition commences on 16th of May each year. At large autumnal dinners the teams, each named after saints there are three, start to choose their ‘Capodieci’ or captain who responsible for the strategy for his saint’s team. Wearing golden yellow shirts is the team of S Ubaldo the patron saint of Gubbio. The merchants follow S Giorgio and wear blue shirts, and the farmers and countryfolk support S Antonio, their shirts are black. Each team has white pants and a red bandanna.
Early on 15th of May the teams assemble and head to the Piazza Grande, the large open space standing on huge arches half way up the hill in the ancient town centre. The ceremony really gets underway when to the sound of trumpeters the Ceri are carried out of the town hall and fixed to their supports and then raised. Each wooden ‘candle’ weighs 300kg and is carried in relays by team members round the historic centre. After a long lunch – this is Italy after all, the race proper up the hill to the basilica begins. S Ubaldo is always first, after all he is the patron saint, the distance between the three ‘ceri’ is the important element. The town is full to capacity, the atmosphere electric, and we at Bellaugello are mere spectators, but what a spectacle! Here, soak up the atmosphere, watch a clip for yourselves…
To help you guys come and enjoy a spring break at Bellaugello Gay Guest House I have reduced the price of two of our suites. Special Offer prices for a suite throughout April and May now start at €155,00 for double occupancy and our delicious daily breakfast. In addition we have a four night mid week break also applicable in October Simply book four nights arrival Sunday or Monday, pay for three and we will give you the fourth night for free.. For further details and to book your spring break click here you will be taken to the page of our website. Or simply book your room now: click here you will be redirected to our online booking service.
As if that isn’t enough, as I seem to be writing this post backwards I finish with a photograph of the equally impressive red sunset over the farm at Bellaugello Gay Guest House last night: