Rasiglia: village of streams
Streams of clear water among the houses of a small village
Did you know that Rasiglia is the village of streams? In Rasiglia, a small hamlet of Foligno, several streams flow right next to the old houses of the small village, creating a unique spectacle that seems to immerse visitors in a fairy tale.
Rasiglia looks like something out of a fairy tale, one of those places described in the words of a writer or depicted on the cover of a children's book. But Rasiglia exists, it is immersed in the green Umbrian mountains, and it is as beautiful as you would imagine reading a fairy tale.
Rasiglia is defined "the little Venice of Umbria" even if this definition in my opinion is not exactly correct. Venice is beautiful but Rasiglia is something else, the fraction of Foligno is crossed by streams of spring water interspersed with small waterfalls that make the sound of flowing water, a constant sound that characterizes the village.
"Miracle Rasiglia" is another definition attributed to the village of streams to indicate the fact that a tiny mountain hamlet attracts hundreds of tourists every day despite the 1997 earthquake putting a strain on the territory by risking to make this small reality of about 50 inhabitants fall into oblivion.
Fortunately, local institutions have managed to cope with the constant rise in the number of visitors by improving the viability and tourist offer of the area.
The beauty of Rasiglia comes from the Capovena spring that flows clear and disruptive all year round from a cave located right in the upper part of the village. A few meters from the source, the spring water is branched into the town through artificial canals that lap the houses.
The water is directed through the village and then flows into a pool known as "peschiera", a sort of crystal-clear swimming pool where you feel like throwing yourself into the hottest days. This large pool, in a context like that of Rasiglia, is comparable to the classic town square!
From Peschiera, the water continues its descent ending in the Menotre river which flows right at the base of the Umbrian village! Other springs also converge inside the river such as Alzabove and Venarella which are all within a short distance.
Rasiglia is a beautiful tourist destination but in the past it was an important textile processing center thanks to the considerable water supply that allowed its production. Even today there are several mills and wash houses where water plays a fundamental role in the works that have allowed the village to flourish.
In Rasiglia every year in the period of June there is the "Penelope a Rasiglia", an important event in which textile activities, the main source of the local economy over the centuries, are recalled.
"Rasiglia paese presepe" is another important event that takes place during the Christmas period and features various characters who, in a sort of living nativity scene, reproduce the typical local crafts.
I'am honest, I did not know Rasiglia and it has never been between the stops of my various visits to Umbria. It was recommended to me during my last trip to the green heart of Italy and it was a very welcome surprise. An unexpected stop, where I found myself almost by chance but which left me speechless!
If you want to visit a fairytale place, surrounded by nature and easy to access, Rasiglia is the perfect place. A small village but with an added value given by the crystalline water that runs through it and the green of the surrounding mountains, a mix that I am sure will make you fall in love!
Must see places in Rasiglia:
- Castle of Moro
The ruins of the Castle of Moro is what remains of the fortress of Trinci where to admire the village from above
- Stone mill
The stone mill is one of the symbols of how water was fundamental for the village
- Antique textile loom
The ancient loom is inside a structure once used as a wool mill
Must see places near Rasiglia:
- Altolina Park (14,2 Km/8,8 mi)
In the Altolina Park it is possible to admire the Menotre waterfalls, the Abbadessa caves and the hermitage of Santa Maria Giacobbe
- Foligno (20 Km/12,4 mi)
Foligno is a city with an interesting historic center
- Spello (24 Km/14,9 mi)
Spello is the village of flowers
Rasiglia where to eat: