The 25th April marks Liberation Day in Italy when the end of World War II is celebrated. For the little town of Umbertide near the Tiber river however, the same date is also a Memorial Day for the saddest episode in it's history. On 25th April 1944 a "strategic" bombing went horribly wrong and wiped out an entire district. Learn more about the end of the Second World War in central Italy and see how memory has not been lost. At 11am, we will witness the restricted ceremony presided by the Mayor of Umbertide.
Patrizia’s our archaeologist-turned-tour guide, who’s had so much fun guiding visitors around the green heart of Italy. Perugia's always ready to throw a surprise. Although the city's not very famous, it doesn't shy away from entertaining its visitors with its stories and breathtaking views. "Perugia during the Umbria Jazz festival is magical! Every day at noon, a New Orleans band marches up and down the main street to get people to dance and follow them to the different free concert venues. Lovely music, and magical atmosphere through the night!" she says. On her tours, you might catch a smatter of different languages - she's a polyglot who speaks 5 languages. "A funny incident was that on a very busy day, I was halfway through my tour in Perugia before it hit me that I was doing it in the wrong language and nobody had dared to interrupt me!" she laughs. “I always try to convey some typical Italian word or proverb ready to be used immediately. Normally by the end of the tour, everyone remembers it and who knows...continues to use it at home!” Her goal as a professional guide is still to surprise the visitors. She almost stumbled into the exciting space of guiding visitors around her city. When she was working as an archaeologist on excavation sites and museums, she enjoyed showing Perugia's beautiful landscape. "And then I got the chance to accompany groups throughout Europe, and decided being a guide was the profession where I could combine my different interests: history, languages and meeting people from all over the world," she quips. As Marcel Proust said: you don't always have to travel to new destinations but you have to look at them with new eyes.
Patrizia has been guiding since Mar 2001
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Umbria with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Umbria. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
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26 April 2021
Another very interesting tour with Patrizia on Italy's special day. Patrizia had timed it perfectly so that we could see the Liberation Day ceremony in the historic piazza bombed during World War 2. She told of the disaster that befell the town and also a true War story from her own family. A very different tour and very well presented. Thank Patrizia.
25 April 2021
A lovely tour, my wi fi went off before the end, such a nuisance.
25 April 2021
Fabulous and poignant tour. I really enjoyed it. Thanks very much.
25 April 2021
Again an excellent tour with Patrizia. Really interesting to see the ceremony of the memorial day of the bombing and the celebration of the Liberation Day of this small Italian town.
25 April 2021
Liberation Day in Umbertide was a very special tour today. Patrizia shared a wealth of her own family history. The account of her Grandfather's life over 10 years together with the picture of her Grandmother's written testament were poignant and moving reminders of the fortitude shown by her family. Thank you Patrizia for sharing these special memories.