The origin of the name "TASSINAIE"


The origin of the name "Tassinaie" is most probably due to the badger (il tasso) which is indigenous to the area, and in the local dialect it can be interpreted as "the badgers lair". It is for this reason that we have made the badger our mascot and logo.
Alternatively, the name could originate from the Yew tree,( a small growing, dark-leaved, evergreen coniferous tree of the genus Taxus, in Italian, Tasso).We have planted several near the front entrance. There is a third possibility, much more fascinating, that the word "tassinaie" could derive from the Etruscan word that means supulchre. This version remains an hypothesis as we have not yet found proof of this, eventhough the area is rich in Etruscan archeology.


Vernazzano and the Leaning Tower

Vernazzano is a small village divided in an lower part and in an upper part in the heights with a group of houses and the church of "Santa Lucia" with the cemetery and the amazing leaning tower ("la Torre Torta"), wich is leaning even more than the one from Pisa. From "Le Tassinaie" you can reach it in a 30 minutes walk - it's worth a visit !

 


TUORO SUL TRASIMENO - Annibale 

The centre, founded in the late Middle Ages, stands in an area which was the setting of one of the most disastrous and legendary battles of ancient times, in which 16,000 Roman soldiers, were annihilated (in 217 BC) by the Cartaginese army of Hannibal.
Its name apparently derives from the so-called "tuoro" fishing which was once practiced on Lake Trasimeno. A short distance from the town lies the parish church of Confine, a Romanesque building of the early 12C.
The Maggiore Island lies within the district, it is the second largest of the three islands of Trasimeno. 


PROFILES OF SOME IMPORTANT UMBRIAN TOWNS

Perugia

The majestic capital city of Umbria. The Acropolis, which includes the city's centre is Etruscan, and later, of Roman origin.The architecture and art blends harmoniously in the urban web, built in the past milleniums.

Take the sliding scale across the underground town „Rocca Paolina“.

Orvieto

Assisi

The city of orvieto is an exceptional example of integration between nature and man's work. To visit this city is like crossing the history, because they are stratified and concentrated in a preconstructed physical space, the traces of three millenia: the Etruscan age, the medioevale age and the modern age.  The town resembles a terrace on the side of Mount Subasio and is the heart of christian spiritualism. The Basilica of San Francesco, situated in the historical centre, gives the town a fascinating and extraordinary character. The feast of Calendimaggio (from the 1st to the 15th pf May) is a date worth remembering.
Gubbio Città di Castello
Extraordinary medieval architecture intergrated in an urban system that seems to be sculptured in the living rocks. It's chromatic uniformity expresses the antique character of the town at first sight. The attractions of traditions like the "Corsa dei Ceri" (2nd sunday of May) fits well into the vitality of centuries of artisan activities such as ceramics, wrought iron and antique furniture.

It's noble renaissance aura is due to its revival promoted by the "Signoria dei Vitelli". The town was an important crossroad of art, thanks to the long journeys of artists like Luca Signorelli, Raffaello, Giorgio Vasari, il Rosso Fiorentino. It has great traditions in weaving and printing.