Castello di Regnano is one of those small towns perched on a ridge above a river in the Lunigiana. The village puts on a pretty good medieval festival each year. If you’ve never been to one, It’s a great way to spend time, morning or night, taste some traditional and some recreated medieval food, and watch the sword play in the little courtyards.
Here’s a view of the village tucked into a valley and surrounded by mountains, quiet even on a festival morning.
Inside the little village of Regnano you’ll meet many characters, many of whom are on hand to demonstrate the ancient crafts, taking a moment to introduce their offspring to the villagers.
Food is inexpensive. Here’s Martha with of 5 Euro worth of festival food:
Any little piazza might feature sword play.
Oh how I wish I were in rural Italy right now. Its wonders are still mostly untapped.