is happening this week in San Leo Bastia, one of our local villages. Fried, dried, sliced, pickled, battered, spiced and a few other ways I can’t remember, this lively festival, the 33rd, is now famous throughout central Italy and draws in hundreds of tourists to this sleepy little town nestled on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany, between Citta’ di Castello and Cortona on the old pilgrim route over the hills. In days gone by some of these religious travellers would have taken refuge at La Preghiera, and the small church annex still has a sloping floor which could be washed down after the pilgrims had left, as they weren’t necessarily of the cleanest. Today La Preghiera offers the traveller the highest standards of comfort in an exceptionally beautiful setting. Will you make the pilgrimage?