March festivals and events in Umbria: dance and spirituality

March events in Umbria

Of all the events held in Umbria in March, the International Dance Festival in Spoleto and the celebrations in honour of Saint Benedict in Norcia truly stand out. The two international events, although very different from one another, are both held in the third week of the month.

Dance in Spoleto

From 17 to 23 March, Spoleto will host one of the most important dance festivals in Italy, drawing dancers and dance critics from all over the world. The programme includes ballet, meetings and debates, but also photography exhibitions and a gala evening in the presence of Carla Fracci, the great Italian dancer at La Scala Theatre Ballet, on Saturday 23 March.

It’s a great opportunity to visit a magnificent city and breathe in the artistic, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Spoleto, home of the Two Worlds Festival.

Over the same period, Norcia pays homage to Saint Benedict who was born here in 480 A.D.

St. Bendict of Norcia Celebrations

The celebrations begin on 20 March with the rite of the Benedictine torch, which after a long pilgrimage around the world returns to Norcia bringing its symbolic message of dialogue and solidarity between peoples.

On the 21st a solemn mass will be held in the basilica, followed by musical performances and a highly evocative crossbow tournament.

During the last week of March, Umbria prepares to celebrate Easter and every town offers its visitors a rich programme of events: from the processions of Assisi to the cultural events of Spello, the gourmet exhibitions of Montefalco such as “Terre del Sagrantino” which every year pays homage to the excellence of Umbrian gastronomy and crafts, and the Easter Breakfast in Vallo di Nera, an invitation to celebrate Easter alongside the town’s inhabitants in a spirit of sharing and conviviality that is typically Umbrian. 

One of the most evocative rites of Holy Week in Assisi is certainly a visit to the Sanctuary of Rivotorto, a stone’s throw from Villa Rosy, where from Thursday to Sunday you can relive the crucial events of the Passion of Christ, from the Washing of the Feet on Maundy Thursday to the Procession marking the death of Christ on Good Friday, followed by the Easter Vigil and the Solemn Easter Mass on 30 March and Easter Sunday respectively.

Finally, you are reminded that 23 and 24 March are the FAI (Italian Environmental Fund) days when otherwise inaccessible locations are open to the public, with the possibility of guided tours.

The first Spring Weekend in Umbria

We would like to dedicate the first Spring weekend to all nature lovers out there.

There is no better place than Villa Rosy where to enjoy the beautiful nature awakening with the purple peonies or the bright yellow flowers of the mimosa tree.

If you are lucky, you will see paragliders flying down from the top of Mount Subasio and landing just in Rivotorto...

The Villa can accommodate from 2 to 13 people.

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