After the success of last year's edition - on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee 2013-2014 and making the 750th anniversary of the Eicharistic Miracle of Bolsena (1263) and Pope Urban IV's papal
bull Transiturus (1264), emanated from Orvieto and establishing the feast of Corpus Christi - the event THE CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI new appointment dedicated to spirituality are being planned, in a unique and spell-binding setting that takes us back to the splendor of the great medieval festivities...


Two great events will take place with the splendid Cathedral as backdrop: the MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL with the LIVING CHESS GAME cheap nike air max  with figures in period costum between the cities of Marostica and Orvieto.
The Flag Throwers (Sbandieratori) of the Florentine Villages and Districts will participate in the festivities.

The MIRACLE PLAY "MIracle of the Holy Corporal", a free adaptation of a 14th Century text, will be reenacted on the parvis of the Cathedral, a particularly evocative performance thanks to the modern visual and acoustic technologies employes...

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Today Orvieto is divided into four quarters (or districts). 
The main intersection, where via Duomo crosses Corso Cavour... is where the four quarters of the city meet.  During the middle ages, this was important because the four quarters engaged in a decades-long civil war between the Guelphs (supporters Moncler Outlet  of the Holy Roman Empire) and the Ghibellines (supporters of the pope). The conflict decimated the population of the city.  The Ghibellines finally prevailed, and Umbria became one of the first Papal States. Fast-forward a few hundred years to 1527. 
The Holy Roman Empire under Charles V sacks Rome and chases Pope Clement VII out of the Vatican. 

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Pope Clement flees to Orvieto for refuge.  He fears the Emperor’s army will follow and lay siege to the city.  replica watches Since Orvieto sits high on a bluff, any siege would cut off the city’s water supply.  His solution:  dig a hole down to the water table, and create a well to help the city withstand a siege....

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The best way to understand the history of Orvieto, is starting from the ancient origin of the town…
And to better understand the reason for the presence of the caves under the surface of Orvieto, we should go back to the Etruscans who settled on the cliff around the 8th Century BC.
In fact, on the cliff the Etruscans found a natural stronghold that protected them from the enemy attacks, underground they found the way to collect the rainwater from the drainage of the houses to be conveyed to the tunnels.
You’ll be able to visit the oldest cistern discovered among the 440 underground tunnels discovered (but about 1.200  recorded!) in an area completely submerged by the water of the sea more then 2.000.000 years ago, before the beginning of the volcanic activity, which is derived from the eruption of the volcano of Bolsena, dating to 2-3 million years ago…
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From the top of the 13th Century tower (47 meters high), the most representative public building of the medieval period, you will be able to see the best panoramic view of the town and over the vast territory subject to the city of Orvieto.

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A few steps from the beautiful Cathedral of cheap nike air max 95  Orvieto, you will be able to visit this amazing laboratory of iconography and meet the artist, Fabrizio, a young man graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in both Italy and foreign Countries.
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The market comes to Orvieto on Thursday and Saturday mornings in the attractive Piazza del Popolo.  There’s something for everybody: vegetables, fruit, plants, and flowers, beans, nuts, and grains, fresh fish, lots of cured meats  and porchetta, cheese, a honey department and much more!
Plenty of time for a coffee break, too. You wouldn’t mind shopping at home if there is a bar like this on your way home...
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For those who wish to couple tourism and good food, it is a unique occasion to learn about the civilization of olive oil and enjoy the typical delicacies, just in the center of Orvieto
Try with us a fine olive oil tasting quick cheap nike and easy, or have a seat and take your time, to taste fine extra virgin olive oil and special D.O.P. top quality, in oil products and black and green olives. The owner will toast a few pieces of great Italian bread in front of you and drizzled olive oil and balsamic cream (not vinegar): so delicious!!
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A few steps from the Cathedral, there is a local cantina with an amazing variety of wines, where you can have a nice wine tasting . A cozy ambience, simple and rustic, where you can taste Umbrian wines accompanied by  local cheeses and cured meats of our tradition.

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"Blessed" Mother Speranza

Mother Esperanza de Jesus Alhama Valera was born in Santomera (Murcia, Spain), on 30 September 1893.
On 15 October 1915, she became a nun in the monastery of the “Daughters of Calvary,” in Villena (Spain). This Congregation was incorporated into the “Claretian Missionaries” in 1920.
On Christmas Eve 1930, she left this institute to found, in Madrid, the Congregation of the Handmaids of Merciful Love.
On 15 August 1951, she founded the Congregation of the Sons of Merciful Love, in Rome.
She consecrated and dedicated her entire life to the Lord and to the mission of making Him known to all people as Father and gentle Mother.
After a life of commitment in the service of God, the priests and the neediest, she died in Collevalenza (Italy), on 8 February 1983.

On 23 April 2002, the Church, after proclaiming her heroic virtues, declared her venerable. The process of canonization is progressing.

The Sanctuary of Collevalenza is in the center of the Italian peninsula, very close to the town of Todi, in the region of Umbria. Many pilgrims every year come to visit the Sanctuary and the

Mother Esperanza’s Spiritual Testament can be assumed in one phrase: "All for Love"

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Season of Artichoke!

How to Eat an Artichoke
One of the oldest-known foods, Artichokes have delighted and nourished people for several thousand years. Today, Artichokes are enjoyed in every corner of the globe...

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Many people have never experienced the joy of eating an Artichoke because they never learned how to eat one. The good news is that eating an Artichoke is easy, and definitely something to be savored slowly and sumptuously.

Start by pulling off one of moncler online  the outermost petals.  Dip the base of the petal into your favorite sauce. Many people prefer melted butter or mayonnaise, but there is no limit to the types of dips or sauces that can be used.
Pull the petal through your slightly clenched teeth to remove the soft, tender flesh at the bottom of the petal. Discard remainder (you'll want to have an empty bowl ready in which to drop them).

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Continue until all petals have been removed. You will now have arrived at one of the great culinary rewards: the Heart! If the fuzzy choke guarding the Heart hasn’t been removed, scoop it out with a spoon.

Cut the remaining Artichoke Heart into bite-sized pieces, dip and enjoy!

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Do you want to buy a house in Orvieto?

Do you want to buy a house in Umbria - Italy? Do you need help to restore and manage it after purchase?

If you have these questions in mind, you should click on our new BLOG (TODAY IS OUR FIRST EDITION), and you should let us introduce you to Red Oaks Partners, s.r.l., an Italian registered fully independent company. We are NOT Real Estate Agents. But we CAN help you find the right ones. Instead, our objective and our MISSION is to provide the answer to all the property management needs that will arise after the purchase of your country home or  historic town house in UMBRIA - and especially if it is in beautiful ORVIETO  or its surrounding towns and countryside.
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This, for us, means being your locally based, constantly available representative to help out with the property selection process, and with restructuring, maintenance, cleaning, gardening and many ongoing administrative needs. We want to ensure that a non resident owner can count on her/his home being ready to enjoy whenever she/he gets the chance to make a brief visit or to arrive for a longer stay.

To learn more about us, our services, and especially about the lovely town and area where we are based, we invite you to visit our web site (www.redoakspartners.com), or to contact us at adrian@redoakspartners.com or +39 3357113634.

And finally, don't forget periodically to check out this BLOG where, at least twice a month, you will find useful info on upcoming ORVIETO area events, or useful suggestions for the restructuring or care of your Umbrian home away from home!!

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Black Truffle Festival of Norcia

Nero Norcia, also known as Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Nero Pregiato di Norcia e dei Prodotti Tipici

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is one of Italy’s most important black truffle markets. As well as stands selling black truffles and other culinary specialties of central Italy, many gastronomic scarpe nike outlet events and demonstrations are held throughout the fair including guided tastings of typical products such as wines, salamis and cheeses.

A full-on festival pays homage to the black truffle in this annual food feast. Held at the end of February (21-23), it's a winter rite that praises the excellence of the product that is important in this part of Umbria. For three days, there are food stands that serve truffles in all its possible forms and concoctions, along with a mountain of sausages outlet nike produced by the famed Norcia butchers, and giant wheels of delectable cheese, all washed down with hearty Umbrian red wine. There are also art exhibits, music, and shows to be enjoyed between the culinary experiences.

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Valentines Day

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

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On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine."

For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February." One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Umbria, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr's name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine's Day. 
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Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
(text by www.history.com)

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On days 26 , 28, 29 December 2013 and 1, 4 , 5 and January 6, 2014 in Civita di Bagnoregio is renewed the extraordinary event of the Living Nativity .

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The organization is managed for the fourth consecutive year by a Non-profit association that organizes over a hundred years the Good Friday procession .
The atmosphere is similar to that which St. Francis, about eight centuries ago , he wanted to play for the first time in Greccio and still represents the tradition of Christian families from all over the world: Christmas with his crib.
A group of traders of spices and fabrics introduces visitors in an environment similar to a Middle Eastern souk,the censor , inside a military settlement of Roman soldiers on foot and horseback records the population at the time, shepherds with flocks of sheep , carpenters, Funari , blacksmiths, bakers , weavers, masons and form the unique decor of a country that carries visitors ideally in that village that over 2000 years ago gave birth to baby Jesus, and that still bears the name of Bethlehem .

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In the central square of Civita are traditional characters in the Nativity all gathered around the hut where  they found the place Holy Family ox and the donkey , not far away are the Three Kings with their precious cargoes of gold, silver and myrrh from lead to the presence of the Son of God , the alternation of fires and torches makes every scene particularly striking enhancing colors, materials, costumes and objects of a world of light and shadow that we are not used to seeing and that we can find in the beautiful glimpses of the old village of Civita .

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An amazing outdoor lighting colors the volcanic outcrop of the dying city and the country makes it seem even more alone and suspended in the void of a beautiful landscape and unreal. The sounds and smells that accompany the journey of tourists in the Living Nativity are designed to stimulate the senses of the visitor who suddenly finds herself wandering around in a habitat at a time and still a few centuries ago . The images of the Nativity and the wise scenic reconstruction of that time, fallen into a reality which is unique and incomparable to Civita di Bagnoregio, create an indispensable opportunity to live an extraordinary event and absolutely UNIQUE...

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As everybody know, winter season, is the best period to start making chocolate…
In Orvieto we had an amazing exposition of chocolate on the Cathedral square only a few weeks ago. A real exhibition of all types of chocolate you can find in Italy!
Because of this, I have decided to read more about the origin, the different types and the effects of this "black gold"...

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Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world, and a vast number of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created: pure, unsweetened chocolate contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions. Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining chocolate with sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk.

Reading some articles about chocolate, I assumed the main three types of chocolate we produce today are:

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WHITE CHOCOLATE: isformed from a mixture of sugar, cocoa butter and milk solids). Although its texture is similar to milk and dark chocolate, it does not contain any cocoa solids. Because of this, many countries do not consider white chocolate as chocolate at all…)

DARK CHOCOLATE: is produced by adding fat and sugar to the cacao mixture

UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE: pure chocolate liquor, also known as bitter or baking chocolate. It is unadulterated chocolate: the pure, ground, roasted chocolate beans impart a strong, deep chocolate flavor.

It’s well known that chocolate also had incredible HEALTH EFFECTS!
The most popular information is that Cocoa (or dark chocolate) may positively affect the circulatory system and may lower cholesterol levels in adults
In fact several studies have suggested that eating chocolate can help reduce the risk of certain cardiovascular problems  and also reduce blood pressure in both overweight and normal adults
Also, Chocolate may boost cognitive abilities, it’s an anticancer, brain stimulator and cough preventor… Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one third. In fact it contains a lot of antioxidants that help the cardiovascular system by reducing blood pressure
We don't have to forget that chocolate is one of the most popular holiday gifts!
Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and eggs are popular on Easter, snowmen and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and chocolate hearts or chocolate in heart-shaped boxes on Valentine's Day.

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Well, Christmas time is coming...are you ready to taste?

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Beautiful jazz in beautiful places in Orvieto

After the big success of the last 20 editions of Umbria Jazz Winter, Orvieto is ready to host the Festival # 21!

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The central Italian town of Orvieto (about an hour’s drive north of Rome) is getting ready to launch the 21st edition of Umbria Jazz Winter, which runs from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1

But it’s not just the musicians who make this festival special....
Among the Duomo, the Teatro Mancinelli, the Palazzo del Popolo, the Palazzo dei Sette, the Sala del Carmine, the Emilio Greco Museum and the "Al San Francesco" restaurant you can listen to the great protagonists of Jazz (and not only) Christian McBride, two yopung but already internationally famous girls, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana, Ken Peplowski, Evan Christopher and Anat Cohen, together with a special project, Joe Locke with Warren Wolf.

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Dr. Bobby Jones and The Singletons will be the protagonist of another fixture of Umbria Jazz Winter: Messa della Pace & Gospel (Mass of the Peace & Gospel), January 1st 2014, at 5 p.m., Duomo of Orvieto.
Not to mention the street parade through the streets of the inner city with the Funk Off. The marching band, from December 29th until the end of the event, will open the days of the Festival.

Will close the festival on January 1st...

Complete programme, with information on tickets and pre-sales, in the annex. For more information, please consult the website umbriajazz.com

Allora … let the good times roll!

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Extraordinary Jubilee in Orvieto

Most of you probably knows that Umbria region, in the center of Italy, has many Etruscan sites and medieval hill towns.

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Well known as "Italy's green heart" for its nature parks, also has one of Italy's largest lakes, spectacular waterfalls and numerous amazing small "Medieval borghi" that makes Umbria becoming more popular as a tourist destination.
But there something more about one of the most representative town of Umbria: the Jubilee that involves the amazing Duomo of Orvieto for the next two years...

A Jubilee is a special year that is celebrated with exultation in the Catholic Church.
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It is a joyful celebration with early origins in Sacred History.
Normally the Jubilee is celebrated every twenty five years by decree of Pope Clement VI.

In occasion of the 750th anniversary of the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, which took place in 1263, Pope Benedetto XXVI proclamed a special Jubilee which began in January 2013 to last until November 2014.electric self-balancing scooter
The event will focus mainly on the cathedral of Orvieto and Bolsena: it will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of the Orvieto Cathedral and the Door of Cathedral of Santa Cristina in Bolsena, and the Jubilee will end with their closure.

During the special Jubilee, as happens in every jubilee year, the faithful and pilgrims will be able to obtain the Plenary Indulgence. The Diocese of the two cities and surrounding municipalities are moving to set up a comprehensive program of

liturgical, spiritual, pastoral, artistic, cultural, civil and religious initiatives, which will have as reference points Orvieto and Bolsena, which are the places where the historical events that will be remembered occurred..

For the extraordinary celebration of the Eucharistic Miracle and the opening of the Holy Doors from January 2013, Umbria in Tour organises special itinerary to join foreign pilgrims that wish to live an extraordinary experience in our beautiful land of Umbria!

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