FONTI DEL CLITUNNO AND THE SPRINGS OF RASIGLIA: MYSTICAL WATERS
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.