Hotel GubbioAnother beautiful Umbrian town is Gubbio, which is famous for its annual Festa dei Ceri, a centuriesold celebration which takes place on May 15, the eve of the Day of St. Ubaldo, patron saint of Gubbio. (www.festadeiceri.it).
The Ceri are three enormous wooden structures weighing nearly 400 kg each, capped with statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony. They are carried on the shoulders of runners from the old streets of the city center to the summit of Mt. Ingino, where the basilica of St. Ubaldo is located. The route is run at breakneck pace by the “ceraioli”, who are followed by a large crowd moved by profound emotion and enthusiasm. The celebration, which lasts the entire day, is one of the most unique expressions of popular religiosity in the world. It is pervaded by a strongly mystical emotive force capable of drawing in all who participate. The Ceri of Gubbio have become part of the coat of arms of the Umbria Region. On the last Sunday of May the Palio della Balestra takes place. It is a crossbow shooting contest which can be traced all the way back to a document from 1410 and its participants include the Società Balestrieri Gubbio and the Società Balestrieri San Sepolcro (www.balestrierigubbio.com).
For 25 years Gubbio has hosted the Gubbio Summer Festival, a international cultural gathering which every years hosts wellknown musicians, lecturers and performers, as well as innumerable young talents from around the world.
Gubbio is also represented by its cuisine, such as truffles, local bread and olive oil; its handicrafts, such as ceramics and the crafting of stringed instruments; its history, art and monuments (Palazzo dei Consoli, Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo, Teatro Romano).