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The living crib of the Lovers during St. Valentine’s Day
December 29, 2008

  • The living crib of St. Valentine’s Day – in Terni – is really a special crib. It is the lover for God, celebrated with the Nativity, and it is love between two people, important for all the human being. 24 milieu, 8.000 metre square, 169 people, 50 animals, the shepherd, the Three Wise Men, the forester, the joiner, the stonecutter…they were there, near the relics of the Saint, protector of the lovers. St. Valentine, Patron of Terni, is near the crib in the cathedral that take his name. Many legends born to his name, spread all over the world, from Japan to the USA , from Latin America to Asia and Oceania. But to the patron of Terni, martyr on 14th February 273 under the Roman emperor Aureliano tells an extraordinary legend: Sabina and Serapia were fallen in love, he was a roman soldier (pagan), she was from Terni (Christian) and Valentino – in that time bishop of Terni who marry them. The living crib and St. Valentine, an occasion for visiting Marmore Falls and reach the cathedral in few minutes by car. “ it was last year when the parents of the elementary school’s children – tells Fabio Matteucci, who organizes also the crib with the municipality of Terni -. This year other people help us to do it”. Jesus is a child born months ago, Mary and Joseph with his parents. The fire lights the milieu, the objects made with wood. Free entrance from 4.30p.m. to 8.30p.m. on 26th, 27th, 28th December 2008, the first and the 6th January 2009. A very interesting thing to do waiting the St. Valentine events, the feast of lovers, celebrated in all over the world on 4th February, the day of St. Valentine. Information: IAT (Local Tourism Service) of Terni
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Christmas in the Falls: the living crib of Arrone
December 23, 2008

  • For Arrone is the event. But not only for Arrone: the living crib exhibited in the ancient village, not far from Marmore Falls, is an event for all Umbria; a lot of beauties and the suggestion of the representation. It was born 15 years ago from an initiative of the Tourist Local Service and had a lot of success. Thanks to the success the inhabitants decided to create an association, symbol of the medieval centre: “ committee of the castle”. More than 100 walks on, public local transformed for Eucharist and the Last Supper, civic tower with body guards for the census, the little square of St. John used for the Annunciation. In the local offered by the inhabitants of the castle the representation of the ancient works, in particular the scene of the wheat, so the oil press, the flour, the work of bread. And then the set of the pastoral in the rock below the tower, the market (where Joseph and Mary looked for a inn) along the main road and the bell made by the missing artist Luciano Tomassucci, loved in Arrone. This is the living crib in Arrone, the traditional meeting, the attraction of the town both for the citizens and the public administration. The dates for the representation – from 5.00p.m. – are the 26th December, the first and the 6th January, and maybe the 4th January if it rains. The entrance and the guided visits are free. We thank the fascinating castle of Arroni (the location of the crib). Also the TV programme of Channel 5 play some places for the production of the film about the life of Padre Pio. Information: the Municipality of Arrone Tel. telephone: +39.0744.387611
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Christmas in the Falls:” the route of the cribs”
December 23, 2008

  • the ancient connection road towards Spoleto where shepherds, artisans and coalmen passed through; an ancient mule-track becomes “the route of the cribs” and people have the possibility to admire the Nativity in the night in a natural cave, the Annunciation in a Romanic church, the Last Supper in an aedicule and so on. The artistic representations made by the students of Montefranco and Ferentillo together with bys of the youth centre and therapeutic communities. A beautiful area of the Nerina Valley not far from Marmore Falls, along the opened trekking route Gabbio-Nicciano. The kermes will be on 6th January 2009: from 10.30a.m. in the church of Santa Maria in Ferentillo to arrive in Nicciano after one hour by walk. The mass in the church of the village, then come back along the mule-track transformed in “the route of the cribs”. It is possible to see also the works of the boys made by natural materials, above all wood and cardboard. In the afternoon guided visits to the religious aedicule of San Rocco and Santa Lucia, the town of Gabbio with the church of San Vincenzo (of Romanic origin, inside frescos of the XVI century made by Francesco da Lugnano), the church of San Michele Arcangelo in Nicciano dated back to the XVI century. At 3.00p.m. there will be the exhibition of the singers of the Nerina Valley in Ferentillo and then… the descend of the “Befana” (the photo above) from the tower bell of the St. Mary’s church. A very beautiful Christmas day also with the guide of CAI ( the Italian alpine club).
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Christmas in the Falls: the living crib of Porzano
December 23, 2008

  • Before, the name was Terre Arnolfe, from the name of imperial dignitary. Today, the name is Valserra because it is between the Serra river. Here the past is strong. There were ere the Roman origin, the castles, the walls and the settlements. The living cribs of Porzano tells about the Nativity and the history of the valley and of the village along the spoletina road able to preserve the original medieval settlement. More than 100 people involved, more than 300 visitors since 1982, the date of the first representation. The volunteers work hard. Since October they start to build the village and prepare the dresses. A community involved to do a romantic and religious spectacle at the same time. The ancient and forgotten professions – the man of the mill, the blacksmith, the clobber and the basket-maker – the women knead the bread near the domestic fire and also the joiner, stonecutter, the grinder, the roman soldiers with the armours… it seems that the time doesn’t go on. An hidden valley between beauties of the south Umbrian, the living crib renovated for 26 years… the meeting is in the town of Porzano – few minutes by auto and not far from Marmore Falls – the 24th December at 10.00p.m., the 26th December at 5.00p.m., the 1st January and the 6th January 2009 at 5.00p.m. . For information: IAT( the Local Tourism Information) of Terni tel. +39.0744.423047 www.valserra.com
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The cartoon of the Falls in the bookshop, boom of sales
December 23, 2008

  • “I excited to see all these children in front of the shop window” says Carlo Malatesta after the launch of the book in the library of the cartoon that tells about the enchanted story of the Falls. Carlo is the animator of the enchanted walk, the visit for children (usually did in the area of the Falls). he is also the author of the cartoon. The promotion of the book was in the bookshop located in the centre Terni: the bookshop Alterocca. There was also the “urban” version of the enchanted story able to fascinate not only the children but also parents and grandparents. Great success and satisfaction for Marmore Falls editor, the society that manages the tourist services of Marmore Falls. Until yesterday the cartoon was only in the Lower and Upper Outlook ticket-office: a book, rich of images. 1000 copies sold since April. It tells about the legend of the shepherd Velino and the nymph Nera. Thanks to their love the Falls was born. A project full of success and for this reason distributed in the local bookshops to reach in the future also the roman market. The roman market will be important when we speak about tourism of Terni “The re-evocation of myths and natural places – says Malatesta – attract the imagination, and the legend of the Falls has been cited in different books. I elaborate it adding new elements like the ring gave from the shepherd Velino to the nymph Nera”.
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The “Enchanted Story” of the Falls in the bookshop
December 17, 2008

  • The meeting is in Terni on Wednesday, the 17th December at 4.30p.m. in front of Alterocca library (Corso Tacito). It will be the representation of the “Enchanted Story of the Falls”. The personnel of Marmore Falls who manages the tourist services of the area is ready: during the afternoon there will the “Enchanted Walk” the animated visits for children, very famous in the Falls last season. The animators represented the legend of the shepherd Velino with the Nymph Nera to promote the book in the library of the enchanted story of the Falls. Until yesterday the book has been sold only in the two ticket offices of the Lower and Upper Outlook. A cartoon book, rich of images, born thanks to the fantasy of the operators. The book has been sold almost 1000 copies in the two ticket offices of the area from April until today. A very success and a very important project: to distribute it in the local bookshops ( Alterocca) to reach also the future Roman market. This is the purpose of the operation because the book is not only a good to sell but also a marketing instrument to promote the territory. It is possible to buy the book in the library. The cost of the book is 5 €. The promotion in the school has already started also thanks to the distribution of the invitations to the animated representation. .
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New competition field for canoeing and kayak along the Nera river
December 11, 2008

  • A very suggestive competition route thanks to the difficulties, realized changing the course of the Nera river with rocks of great dimension able to create rapids, eddy and dead zones. The arrangements of the bank to favourite the entrance and the exit of the river, the creation of the stairs and other intervention are important to improve the pedestrian crossing that links the earth to help the umpire judges, the spectators, the journalists, the technicians and the service personnel. Without obstructing the navigability of the river. They represents some interventions made by the Province of Terni to improve the competition field for canoeing and kayak along the Nera river, in the tract between the bridge of Papigno and the hydroelectric power plants of Galleto. The project costs 290.000 euro that interests the bed of the river for 500 metres situated at the bottom of the Falls. All these things “in the respect of the environmental rules and in harmony with the surrounded landscape that will be safeguarded and evaluated” said the Assessor to the environment of the Province of Terni Fabio Paparelli. We confirm the vocation of this territory to the outdoor sports and the activities in contact with nature. This tract of the river is already field of national competition. A very good thing for the lover of Marmore Falls because “ the sporting tourism – said the Assessor to the sport of the Municipality of Terni Giuseppe Boccolini – is a resource for our territory thanks to the canoeing that affirms its importance to the national niveau”.
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Around the Falls: Christmas in the ancient village
December 05, 2008

  • You can find the living crib – one of the most beautiful in all Umbria -, but there are also other events organized by the Municipality of Arrone in collaboration with the local associations. A very beautiful Christmas 2008, near Marmore Falls. In our website, you can find all the information about the events. A rich programme and free, in the medieval village of Arrone: from the living crib, to the Feast of Coming, the concerts, the Christmas songs and so on. The municipal administration gives good wishes for Christmas. The programme for Christmas 2008:
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Around the Falls: the Feast of Coming
December 04, 2008

  • In accordance with the popular tradition the Holy House where Lady Mary received the Annunciation of the Angel has been moved from Palestina to Loreto – Marche – in 1924. The angels made the miracle. When they flow over the Nerina Valley, in the countryside, people did fires and in the churches sounded for the glorification of the passage. It is the “Feast of Coming”, celebrated in the medieval village of Arrone (6 km far from Marmore Falls) on Monday, the 8th December at 6.30p.m. in S. Maria Assunta church and the “Tubilustrum ensemble” do a concert directed by the professor Andrea di Mario. The appointment is at 8.00p.m.: As the tradition wants, they make fires with the possibility to taste bruschetta, sausages, wine and new oils, all without payment. On Tuesday, the 9th December at 11.00p.m. the bells of San Giovanni church will ring. They ring since years, it is an ancient work for them, born 11 years ago. Photo below: the group of Arrone
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December in the Falls, full of feasts and events
December 03, 2008

  • A lot of people during the summer. But also during the winter the landscape is beautiful, with their colours – in December prevails the red. In this season the Falls are wonderful. And it justifies the visit but there is more. The Christmas time is coming, then the New Year and the Epiphany and also a lot of events around the Falls. No limits to the fantasy: from the artistic cribs to the living ones along the medieval villages and in the routes of Nerina Valley. There is torchlight procession (very suggestive during the Epiphany and canoeing along the Nera river) the concerts, the exhibitions and so on. We will provide, in our website, programmes, dates, timetables, and photographic documentation. In the centre of Terni will be “little events” in different parts of the city. The artists involve people. The dates will be the 13th , the 19th , the 20th and the 27th December. The 8th December will be a torchlight procession in Miranda near Terni that switch on the Christmas star at the top of the mountain, close to the Upper Outlook of the Falls. Then the artistic and living cribs around Marmore Falls. Many things to do and to chiose: that in Arrone (living crib) is between the most beautiful crib in Umbria, that in Cesi (artistic crib) on the lake. Then also Torreorsina (artistic crib) and Porzano (living crib) without forget the ancient mill-track that links Nicciano to Gabbio, now opened again for trekking. There you can find many artistic cribs. At the end concerts and feats like “La Festa della Venuta” in Arrone, the 8th December. In according with the popular opinion the Holy House where the Virgin Mary received the Announciation by the angel has been moved from Palestina to Loreto – Marche . in 1294. The angel made the miracle. When they flow over the Nerina Valley, many fires have made in the countryside and the churches sounded to glorify the passing. The association in Arrone repeats the event with the fire and the sound of the bells during the night. Bruschetta, new oil, wines and typical dishes. A very good idea! Information: Marmore Falls ticket office, tel. +39.0744.62982 IAT del Ternano (Local Tourist Office), tel +39.0744.423047
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