as "a stern old town under
the steep slopes of Monte Serra Santa" in the guidebook Tuscany,
Umbrian and The Marches, Gualdo Tadino has survived some
days. Conquered by Hannibal, then by Ceasar, and then sacked and
by the Goths, the town was rebuilt in 1160 with the name Gualdum.
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devasting earthquakes in 1751
and 1997, the town has retained much of its medieval character. During
the 13th century, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel was heartily
in the town and to perpetuate this tradition each year Gualdo Tadino
its ritual "games".
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has preserved four 13th-century
gates, and in the last week of September the townspeople from the four
quarters, or "gates," of Gualdo don their medieval glad rags to play
Giochi de la Porte -- archery and
slingshot competitions and pell-mell
donkey races around town," authors Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls
Umbrian and The Marches .
festival's climaxing event is the
burning of the witch "Bastola," an enemy of the town.
Umbria & the Marches
Dana Facaros and
This well-used guide,
now in its ninth edition, directs travelers to the natural beauties and
enchanting histories of three regions in central Italy.
In addition to descriptions
of over 1,200 restaurants, bars, cafes and accommodations, this book
the people, culture, foods and customs of Tuscany, Umbria and the
The authors detail nine special interest travel itineraries, including
"Two Weeks of Wine" visiting Tuscan and Umbrian wineries, and "Ten Days
of Curiosities" ranging from the leaning tower in Piza to Napoleon's
mask at Elba.
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