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The fun ac­tiv­i­ties in Umbria are ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­ter­twined with the spirit of con­tem­pla­tion. The fount of Clitunno, lo­cated be­tween Spo­leto and Foligno along the Via Flaminia, is a place of beauty and ecstasy with­out equal. Poets and writ­ers such as Vir­gil, Pliny the Younger and Byron drew their in­spi­ra­tion from the Um­brian springs, to the point of in­cor­po­rat­ing them in their writ­ings. Car­ducci, in par­tic­u­lar, made the springs’ char­ac­ters of one of his most fa­mous “Odi Bar­bare” (Bar­bar­ian Odes). By those wa­ters stands a me­mo­rial of the of the Ital­ian poets’ visit to the Fonti. The nat­u­ral park that ex­tends for about 10,000 square me­ters, guards the source of the river Clitunno. The river is the master in a game of hues, gen­er­ated by the cerulean and emer­ald back­drops, and in the tri­umph of life ex­pressed by the in­cred­i­ble number of an­i­mal and plant species that in­habit the har­mo­nious and placid pools of wa­ter. In Rasiglia, a mag­nif­i­cent me­dieval moun­tain vil­lage, a sub­di­vi­sion of Foligno, the sources of wa­ter are mag­nif­i­cent cen­tral char­ac­ters. Vis­it­ing the mag­i­cal streets of the town cen­ter, it’s im­pos­si­ble not be enchanted by the wa­ter­ways that run through the town. Daily life in this extraordinary vil­lage is af­fected by the flow and rhythm of the wa­ter. This vi­tal ele­ment sat­u­rates the char­ac­ter of Rasiglia, and helps trades and an­cient tra­di­tions, dat­ing back to the 1200s, such as weav­ing, wool pro­cess­ing and dye­ing, flour­ish again.

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