Every year during three weekends in June and July, the idyllic town Castelnuovo di Assisi invites you to the Festa della Lavanda, the lavender festival.
The festival, spread over 5 hectares of delightfully scented fields, allows visitors admire not only the blossoming lavender, but a huge variety of other violet herbs and plants, such as blooming rosemary, lemon thyme, purple basil, sage and many more. It is a paradise of scents.
The visitors also have the option to participate actively, e.g. participating in one of the workshops where they will learn how to distil essential oils and produce other lavender products. Furthermore, you will learn how to use lavender in the kitchen. Horseback riding and painting classes are also part of the program.
In order to be well prepared for the Festa della Lavanda, we will give you a short introduction to the star of the festival:
There are approximately 25 different types of lavender, which are part of labiates (Lamiaceae). The colour varies from type to type, from white to pink and purple. Lavender not only smells and looks nice, but also has many medical uses. Lavender oils have a soothing effect on the psyche and are often used against insomnia, headache, nervousness and states of panic.
Lavender has a great variety of uses. As perfume essence, it is used for the manufacture of soaps, candles and other products; in the kitchen, it can be used for baking and cooking. Even health care products can contain lavender.
Where exactly will the Festa della Lavanda take place?
The small medieval city of Assisi, which sits opulently on a hilltop in southern Umbria, is one of the most important pilgrim cities in Italy and a very popular tourist destination, its mere 29.000 inhabitants attracting over 4 million tourists per year.
Assisi is famous as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order and known as a symbol of peace. While strolling through the alleys, passing by the roman monuments and historic buildings, a feeling of peace and calm will take hold of you.
Where to stay:
In the San Crispino Residence you can spend the night in one of seven apartments in the midst of Assisi. Like no other accommodation, this historical residence reflects the charm and character Assisi.
A bit further south, the owners of the L’Orto degli Angeli, which is more of an ancient family home than a hotel, will welcome you to spend a day in their mansion and to experience the way of life of a great Umbrian family.