Gubbio, Italy

Travel tips for visiting Gubbio

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Travel tips

Visitors to Italy are wowed by many things including its architecture, food and paintings, but to experience the heart and soul of country you need to attend a traditional festival. One such festival is the Corsa dei Ceri or the candle race. The hillside town of Gubbio in Umbria swells to capacity every year on May 15th for this event.

This day marks the anniversary of the death of Saint Ubaldo and is celebrated with a parade, and a race between teams representing three saints, Saint Ubaldo who is the patron saint and the protector of the town, St. Antonio the protector of farmers and St Giorgio the protector of merchants.

Whether you are religious or not, this is an exciting event to witness. Attracting large crowds of approximately 100,000 people, they come to join in the festivities and watch the three teams challenge each other in a test of endurance and faith.