The actual flying place is called “La Bandita” on Monte Morcia in Marche. For some unknown reasons, modellers refer to it as Monte Catria in Umbria (even Monte Catria is in Marche). Interesting piece of trivia.
Needle take off
I enjoyed two days of excellent flying conditions. This is the best place for alpine model RC soaring I know.
Starting the Needle DSL for Dynamic Soaring.
Flying field in the background…
A beautiful town of Spoleto, with the hilltop fortress, an impressive medieval bridge “Ponte delle Torri” built on a Roman aqueduct, and tasty focaccia…
A 6-km walk, Giro dei Conotti, with a view of the bridge and Spoleto hilltop, gave us a good overview of this charming town.
Sitting in an italian style at the squre
Beautiful patterns inside the cathedral
A flight of steps down to the stone cathedral
To the cathedral
Duomo di Spoleto (cathedral)
Fortress and bridge
A 6-km walk, Giro dei Conotti, with a view of the bridge and Spoleto hilltop
Some kind of Bobsleigh competition on the street on the day of our arrival at Spoleto…
A charming dwelling lost in the valley behind Spello.
Assisi is an amazing medieval town in terms of its sheer size and grandness. The town sits on the hill-top and one can see its fortress and its massive Basilica of St. Francis from very far.
Going up to the fortress of Rocca Maggiore which is located at the top of the town, spoiled us with fantastic views.
We wandered around small alleys, looked at beautifully maintained stone-wall houses, peaked into delightful gardens and were amazed about those impressive churches and their interiors full of intricate frescos.
We also ate wonderful gelati, frequented our favorite focaccia shop in the Piazza Rufino for lunch and discovered those fantastic black smoked gnocchi with parmesan, asparagus and truffle at the Osteria Piazzetta dell’Erba, a truly memorable dish, according to Philippe.
Armenzano – a very quaint and very small dwelling on the way from Assisi to our hotel (Le Silve di Armenzano). The UNESCO site is likely home to many more cats than humans (40) …
A fantastic small hotel and former pilgrimage waypoint in the middle of nowhere. Absolutely worth the 20-minute drive from Assisi.
Le Silve di Armenzano di Assisi
We spent two nights at Caroline and Marius’s place in Umbria. The “place” is a piece of a marvellously renovated, beautifully lost and fantastically located, remote hamlet called “Borgo di Santa Giuliana” solely reachable through a 30 minutes gravel-road drive from Umbertide.
Marius joked, we thought, that they would close the gate to prevent wild boars from getting in. It wasn’t a joke. I sighted a small group of boars searching for food right down the castle walls.
@ Borgo di Santa Giuliana
One evening, we had a fantastic diner at beautiful Montone. This was the view from the restaurant:
The view from the restaurant L’Antica Osteria in Montone…
Our first stop in Italy, Malcesine at the Gardasee (Lake Garda), with a charming old town at the lakeside. We loved our walk, some nice meals and our wonderful B&B on the hill with a friendly Dutch host.
Walking down to the lakeside
A beautiful stone path to the town
The town comes into view
Malcesine smelled wonderfully due to this flowers!
Charming houses in the old town
Gnocco fritto @ Vidoc in Malcesine
At the port
Evening lakeside walk
In the eveing
A view from our hotel
Getting up to the Monte Baldo (1752m) from the lake side is easy. The Funivie (Cabin) brings me up to the top and another 10 minutes of walking to the flying spot “Colma di Malcesine”. A huge mountain shoulder with enough space to land even the biggest models.
Colma di Malcesine
A fellow model glider pilot told me that he was able to fly DS with speeds up to 350km/h at one end of the shoulder. But as it is easy to get up, the many day tourists make safe dynamic soaring possible only after the last cabin has gone down.
For me it was pleasant thermal flying and safe landing against the slope with a Shinto J and a Thermik XXXL.