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Eurochocolate International Chocolate Exhibition is one of the sweetest events in Italy. The annual chocolate festival takes place in Perugia, the Capital of Umbria. The festival was first held in 1993 and its events are located in the historic city centre of Perugia.

Eurochocolate offers a variety of activities including chocolate art displays, experimental chocolate tastings, street performances, and chocolate sculpting. In recent years, an igloo has been constructed out of 3,600 kilograms of chocolate bricks. In 2003, the largest chocolate bar in the world was constructed (more than 7 meters in length, two meters high and made with 5980 kilograms of dark chocolate and thousands of hazelnuts).

This year Eurochocolate will be held from Friday 16th to Sunday 25th October 2015.

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Narnia Arts Academy

Is the famous pianist and composer Cristiana Pegoraro that founded Narnia Arts Academy. It was born with the aim to increase the visibility and make more understandable the coffer of arts and history that is Umbria.

The program is rich of initiatives and events and is able to conjugate master class, concerts, exhibitions and guided tour in the most fascinating places of Narni.

From the joint work of the academy and the City of Narni, this year, from 15th of July to 2nd of August will take place the 4th edition of “Narnia Festival” and of “Campus Internazionale di Alto perfezionamento Artistico”, the events are dedicated to dancers, singers, instrumentalists that come from the best international schools, but also to lovers.

Furthermore, the City of Narni and Narnia Arts Academy in collaboration with the Italian Committee on Education, organize summer courses of italian language and culture for foreigners at all linguistic levels.

Umbria Jazz 15

Umbria Jazz 2015

The 42nd edition of Umbria Jazz will take place from 10 to 19 July 2015 in Perugia.

The annual festival was first held in 1973 and since then has become one of the most important international jazz events in the world. As every year also in 2015 the capital city of Umbria will host 10 days of various music events.

This years on the stage will be international artists such as Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga, Paolo Conte, Subsonica, Cassandra Wilson and many more.



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Sensational Umbria

Sensational Umbria – Steve McCurry

Sensational Umbria is the exhibition of the international artist Steve McCurry which can be visited in Spello until 15th July 2015.

The famous American photographer McCurry shows his best works taken during numberous journeys in Umbria.

The exhibition leads the visitor through art, flavors, handicraft, modern art, religious sites and events of the region.

Through his eyes McCurry creates impressive images and strong emotions combining the present and the history of this region.


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Rome is only a stone’s throw away…

Torre Palombara is located at a relatively short distance from the centre of Rome and its main airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. By car, the trip can be easily done in one hour and fifteen minutes. From Narni train station you can get to Rome central station (Roma Termini) in one hour by train.

Some of our guests enjoy spending a day in Rome and in the evening return to the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere of Torre Palombara. The possibility of taking the train is a very easy and stress-free option. Torre Palombara is also very convenient for those who want to escape from Rome for a weekend break, or those who are en-route to Tuscany and want to spend a few days in Umbria before heading North.

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La Fiorita di Castelluccio

La Fiorita di Castelluccio

Summer is one of the best seasons to enjoy the vivid colors of the Umbrian landscape. Castelluccio di Norcia with its “Fiorita” is the perfect place to do so.

The plateau around Castelluccio di Norcia is worth a visit anytime of the year, but between the end of May and July you will remain speechless while looking at the colorful fields in bloom. You will see many different kinds of flowers, such as poppies, violets and narcissus drawing banners of red, yellow, lilac and white on this plateau which create an incredibly beautiful scenery.


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Narni Sotterranea

Narni Sotterranea

Siamo lieti di consigliarvi, soggiornando a Torre Palombara, una sosta alla vicina città medievale di Narni e vivere l’esperienza unica di una visita a Narni Sotterranea.

Per chi ama l’arte e la storia, Narni Sotterranea offre un’importante varietà di ambienti da visitare.
Il principale è Narni Sotterranea stessa, con la visita guidata nei locali dell’antico convento di San Domenico. Qui potrete scoprire una chiesa affrescata del XII secolo, sarete catapultati indietro di 2000 anni per ammirare una profonda cisterna e accompagnati virtualmente nell’acquedotto romano dell’antica Narnia. Riuscirete ad emozionarvi di fronte alle segrete dell’inquisizione ed ai graffiti lasciati in una cella dai prigionieri. Per proseguire nell’ex cattedrale di San Domenico, dove sarete rapiti dall’ultima splendida scoperta, un mosaico bizantino del VI sec.

La visita nei Sotterranei non è una visita convenzionale, la storia di cui parliamo è iniziata secoli fà con l’istituzione del Sant’Uffizio, ma continua ancora oggi ad intrecciarsi con il presente.

Lo Speco di San Francesco

The Speco of Saint Francis

While staying at Torre Palombara, you should also follow the paths of San Francesco (Saint Francis) of Assisi. San Francesco, patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena) is certainly one of the most famous sons of Umbria.

The Speco Francescano is located only a few kilometers away from Narni and it is one of the most authentic and well preserved sanctuaries of San Francesco. It was founded by him in 1213 and it  perfectly represents the spirit and characteristics of this saint: mystic, peaceful and loving.

It is immersed in a green valley, with a small cloister (“chiostro”) dating back to the 13th century, when San Bernardino of Siena built the dormitory. The beautiful chapel of San Silvestro can be found in the cloister, with wonderful frescos from the twelfth century. Near the church you can find the big crevice in the rock, “the Speco”, which was San Francesco’s favorite place to pray and medidate.


Umbrian Dinner in the Borgo

Umbrian cuisine is famous for its fresh and genuine ingredients and rich in simple and delicious recipes. At Torre Palombara we know many “hidden gems” among the local restaurants.

We highly recommend a dinner in a cosy family-run restaurant Taverna di Porta Nova in Stroncone, a lovely Medieval town located on top of a hill. You will get the opportunity to dine within the walls of a former monastery dating back to the 13th century.

The excellent chef will make you try seasonal local dishes as well as his own recipes. The dinner will be based on typical local products and you will receive a special treatment.

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Cashmere Itineraries

You can visit a small family-run cashmere factory, specialized in the manufacturing of luxurious designs in this precious material. You will be able to see the manufacturing process and learn what makes Umbrian cashmere so special and luxurious. If you want to, you will also be able to purchase cashmere designs directly from the factory at a very special price for their exceptional quality!

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