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2/27/2011

Umbria and Ape Car: another inseparable binomial

Dear friends and readers, in this blog we have discussed about many symbols of Umbria connected to its history, art, food and traditions.
This time we would like introducing another “must-see” in Umbria: the Ape Car.

Although Ape Car was not conceived here, but in the famous scooter factory Piaggio near Pisa, this very special vehicle has always had great success in our region.

Old people&Ape in Todi


Ape (whose name actually means “Honey-Bee”) was created in 1948, thanks to Corradino D’Ascanio, aircraft designer and inventor of the famous scooter Vespa.
At the end of the Second Word infact, most Italians lacked modes of transport and the financial means to acquire full-sized four-wheeled vehicles but at the same time they needed a commercial car to power Italy's economical reconstruction.
D’Ascanio with the favour of Enrico Piaggio, came up with the idea of building a light three wheeled vehicle, based on the former project of the Vespa with two wheels added to the rear and a flat-bed structure on top.

An Ape in front of us, on the way to Bevagna...so "lucky" we are!!

Given that in the past the economy of Umbria was totally based on agriculture, the Ape Car has always played a very important role here in the region.
Even if we -Umbrians- drive “standard” four wheeled cars today, Ape (affectionately called by the locals “Apetto”=Little Bee) is still quite common especially among old people who own of a piece of land.
For these people the "Apetto" is very important: they can carry their vegetables on it, their tools to work the soil or to prune the olive trees, the boxes full of olives for the oil mill and the ones of grapes to make their home-made wine.
In addition, according to the Rules of the Road, Ape is not consider a real car, but more a scooter, so that a different driving license - easier to get - is required.

My secret dream: owning an Apetto!

If you’ll have the chance to drive on our beautiful winding roads in a wonderful sunny day under the Umbrian sky, be aware of the fact that you'll have a very high possibility to stumble on an "Apetto" driving at the incredible cruise speed of 20 km per hour.... and your road will be so twisting that you couldn’t overtake this cute “Little Bee” in front of you…..
…...so there’ll be nothing to do in this case…just taking your time...

...slow down friends: you are in Umbria!


Very funny video with Super Ape Car. Do not imitate the stuntmen!

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2/03/2011

CittàSlow in Festival Jazz&Food in Orvieto and Todi



Starting from next 12th February the Città Slow of Orvieto and Todi are hosting the 13th Edition of "Città Slow in Festival Dinner Music".

Città Slow is an international association -whose headquarters are in Orvieto- of municipalities "respectful of citizens and their health, authenticity of products and good food, rich of fascinating craft traditions of valuable works of art, squares, theaters, shops, cafés, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes, characterized by spontaneity of religious rites, respect of traditions through the joy of a slow and quiet living".


From the 12th February to the 16th April 2011 in Orvieto and in Todi many Italian Città Slow will celebrate their "slow values" offering their food and local specialities.
Every dinner will be followed by a Jazz Concert.

"Città Slow in Festival Dinner Music" is a fabulous opportunity to taste great food and wines from different Italian regions and to listen to good Jazz!!

In our city, Todi, the event (dinner+concert) will be organized in the amazing Medieval Hall "Sala dell'Arengo" located in the Palazzo del Comune, in Piazza del Popolo.

Video from the last Edition Dinner&Jazz in Todi

PROGRAMME:

12/02/2011 Jazz: NICK THE NIGHTFLY + CITTASLOW: TODI e ORVIETO
@Ristorante Al San Francesco - Orvieto

19/02/2011 Jazz: RENATO SELLANI TRIO + CITTASLOW: ALTOMONTE (CS)
@Ristorante Al San Francesco - Orvieto

26/02/2011 FABRIZIO BOSSO/ROSARIO BONACCORSO “BOBO DUO” + CITTASLOW CASTELNUOVO NE’ MONTI(RE)
@Ristorante Al San Francesco - Orvieto

5/03/2011 SIMONA BENCINI & LMG QUARTET +CITTASLOW SANGEMINI(TR)
@Sala dell'Arengo - Todi

12/03/2011 DANILO REA piano solo + CITTASLOW BRA
@Sala dell'Arengo - Todi

19/03/2011 TONY ESPOSITO e LA BANDA DEL SOLE + CITTASLOW CAIAZZO(CE)
@Sala dell'Arengo - Todi

26/03/2011 GEGE’ TELESFORO + CITTASLOW CHIAVENNA(SO)
@Sala dell'Arengo - Todi

2/04/2011 RITA MARCOTULLI/JAVIER GIROTTO/LUCIANO BIONDINI+ CITTASLOW SAN MINIATO (PI)
@La Penisola Restaurant – Orvieto-Baschi

9/04//2011FRANCESCO CAFISO QUARTET+ CITTASLOW CITTA’ SANT’ANGELO (PE)
@La Penisola Restaurant – Orvieto-Baschi

16/04/2011 GIOVANNI GUIDI QUARTET+ CITTASLOW ABBIATEGRASSO
@La Penisola Restaurant - Orvieto-Baschi

INFO:
The dinner starts at 20.30.
The Jazz Concert at 22.00

Price per person Dinner+Jazz Concert EUR 40.-
Discounts for Slow Food Members.

For booking and information:
info@cittaslowinfestival.it

phone: 0763343302

Website (in Italian)
www.cittaslowinfestival.it

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