In Foligno, “in the centre of the world” with the Lions
Foligno, Montefalco, the museums, the wineries, the gastronomy, the
Umbrian cloths … a Sunday spent with the members of the Lions Club di Foligno and Montalcino La Fortezza.
Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
For the Sienese Umbria is close by but culturally distant. The boundary line which divided the Grand Duchy from the State of the Church up until 150 years ago is an invisible barrier which however makes even those places that are relatively near seem far away.
That is why visiting Foligno seems a discovery, an adventure. This makes it editing, then there is the pleasure of being welcomed by the friends of the Lions Club headed by Salvatore Zaiti and of course spending together a day full of new experiences.
The historic centre of Foligno surprises us all. Not because of the “lo centru du mundu” (centre of the world) crossroads in the centre of the city, which is in
the centre of Umbria, which is in the centre of Italy and consequently of the world. Foligno permits you to stroll through medieval times, so wonderful! The cathedral with its splendid portals and decors that seem lace, Palazzo Trinci with its frescoed halls by Gentile da Fabriano where one relives the good life of the rich and cultured merchants of Foligno. After a while we too feel like dames and knights from the 15th century
Then the Caprai winery, where we are welcomed by the head of the family Arnaldo, a genial industrial from the textile sector who has given his son Marco the means to revive the Sagrantino di Montefalco.
And it is in fact thanks to the courage and intelligence of these two men that the Sagrantino grape variety, once not greatly appreciated, is now being studied and chosen so as to become a star of the wine world. The Caprai wine cellars have been the pacemakers of this International success which has transformed the territory into a wine network of primary importance.
WE continue towards Villa Panbuffetti in Montefalco for a delicious lunch: “coratella di Agnello”, “tagliatelline con sugo d’oca”, “agnello al forno con erbette di campo” … After lunch an interesting report by the dietician and TV personality Anna D’Eugenio regarding wine, food and health.
Then its time for the exchanging of the gifts, and we pull out a present which
enthuse our Umbrian friends: bottles of Rosso di Montalcino with a special label designed for the occasion by the Corriere della Sera cartoonist Emilio Giannelli. Emilio is Ernesta’s brother, she is member of the Lions Club Montalcino La Fortezza and he has designed so many lions to form the word Foligno. To the ladies we give biscuits and honey, another product of which Montalcino is quite rightly proud. There are presents also for the Montalcino club members and for me a wonderful piece of lace representing the decor in the dome in Foligno.
A nice walk through Montefalco with some shopping for Umbrian cloths conclude the day. We set off for Montalcino feeling the need to come back soon.
Sweet Umbria, land of saints and old legends, you have bewitched us!