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My gift is everywhere.

There's a movie I like very much and this is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". This movie, as you probably know, tells about the story of this funny creature the Grinch who, hating Christmas, intents on "stealing it".
I love this film as concerning blog posts I am similar to the Grinch. I don't like very much sugary posts on Christmas...or maybe, like him, this is simply because I am not able to write on this topic...

Therefore it's a big, enormous problem when Rebecca, and I'm talking about the one known as Rebecca Brigolante reminds you that the deadline of the Italy Blogging Roundtable’s invitation to post on the topic "gifts" is coming....

However I think to have my "un-Christmassy&Christmassy" post as there's Italy, a story, gifts, love.

As you all know, Umbria is a very small region situated in the centre of Italy. It's very green, colour that means nature, beautiful landscapes and campagna (=country). Yes c.o.u.n.t.r.y, all around you, everywhere.

When I was a teen I really hated all this green as it was very "un-cool" at that time. Grown up, as all the Italians born in the 70s, with tv series like Charlie's Angels, Fame and Miami Vice and charmed (incredible, isn't it??) by the very first fast food chains that in the 80s tried to change the culinary habits of an entire generation, all my dreams for the future were based on just one plan: excaping from here.

I remember very well my fantasies on living in a big metropolis, better abroad, but in a very big one, yes abroad, as far as possible from this annoying, rural, boring green.
I'm not joking: I choose to study Foreign Languages for this reason: running away.
I also did it : I lived in another country for a while as soon as I got my degree. My very first job, my first agreement I signed, my first bank account was open abroad.

But. When we are far from the things and the places we suppose we don't appreciate, far from our habits, the "doors of the perception" start slowly opening and we are able to see these things under a very... different light.

When I think to the young girl I was, sometimes it seems that I'm talking about another person. Maybe even the friends and the collegues who know me as a fanatic supporter of Umbria, now they're thinking I'm joking. For the first 25 years of my life I hated this place.

Then I don't know what happened and why, maybe, as in many situations of our existence, hate and anger can turn into deep love and devotion with the same intensity.

The best gift is now the opportunity that I have every day to admire these stunning landscapes, walking in the silent narrow streets, relaxing under an olive tree, enjoying a glass of wine with the people I love, my family, my friends and all the nice people I'm so lucky to meet here during their travels.

The best gift I've ever received is definitely living here.

The Roundtable blogs:


At Home in Tuscany

WhyGo Italy





Christmas is coming! Events in Todi

It's been a very busy year here at Discovering Umbria and thinking that in less than 20 days we'll be again under our trees unwrapping gifs, eating and drinking with our families... it sounds a bit strange.

However, giving that also this year I will spend my Christmas holidays here in Todi, it's very important to know which activities, festa and concerts the local municipality is going to organize.

Well, first of all, do not miss the ice rink on Piazza del Popolo which will open on the 7th December at 4pm.

The 8th will be full of activities and events like the tours to the historical centre and the "Painted House" guided by our friends Todiguide (reservation&booking call 389424662 or email and the switch on of the lights and at 6.45pm "Garibaldi's cypress" in Piazza Garibaldi, the tallest living Christmas tree in Europe.

Saturday 17th the Christmas Market will open in Via Abdon Menecali, close to the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione (every day from 10am to 7pm).

Sunday 18th December don't miss the "Concerto di Natale" in the Cathedral in Piazza del Popolo at 6pm. Music by Alessandro Scarlatti

Friday 23rd the Teatro Comunale at 9.15pm is hosting the "Concerto degli Auguri" by Howard Gospel Choir (Ticket EUR 10,- info tel. 0758956700-701 / 0758956227)

To celebrate the New Year under the vaults of the Palazzi Comunali in Piazza del Popolo there's....a party starting from 10.30pm on the 31st December.

On the 5th January the Cathedral in Piazza del Popolo is hosting another concert by "Canto Ergo Sum" at 6pm. while on the 6th Festa della Befana, at 5pm La Befana herself will descend on the Piazza bringing sweets and candies to the children.
At 9pm at Teatro Comunale "Concerto di Capodanno Vienna! Vienna!" (free entrance, reservation required tel. 0758956700-701 / 0758956227)

More detailed info (in Italian) on Comune di Todi website.


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