The tunic of Faroaldo II (Medieval history and local traditions in Umbria)

Meeting Place:

Abbey of San Pietro in Valle,
via dell'Abbazia, Ferentillo


9.30 am - 12.30 am
3.00 pm - 6.00 pm



How we move:

By car (responsibility
of the client) and on foot

Artès Veronica

Art Historian, Lover of Umbria


Love for Medieval history and local traditions and customs, folklore and ancient culinary traditions of Umbria. Art and history of the Longobardic people: the village of Sant'Anatolia di Narco, l'abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Abbey of Saint Peter, founded by the very Duke Faroaldo II in the VIIIth century. Hemp artisan weaving and hemp-based dinner will take place, immerging you completely in a suggestive medieval atmosphere.


The Tunic of Faroaldo II is a story aimed at adults, lovers of Umbria and equipped with their own car, interested in Langobardic history, wishing to rediscover ancient traditions, curious to test their abilities in the usage of original Langobardic loom to study the ancient processing of hemp.


  • Meeting Veronica in front of the entrance of the Abbey of Saint Peter, and a guided visit to the Abbey to enter the historical context of Duke Faroaldo II
  • Transfer with your own transport to Sant'Anatolia di Narco
  • Entrance to the Hemp Museum, which is part of the ecomuseum of the Umbrian Apennine Ridge, visit to different places of the ecomuseum for a trip between Langobard texture and ancient weaving traditions 
  • Demonstration of Langobard weaving at a laboratory where samples will be made by means of ancient weaving techniques on bars
  • Editing the historical dossier to send to the University for the European project participation and giving of attendance certificates
  • Tasting of typical local products to feast the work done at a typical restaurant of the area
  • Photos and videos of the event can be shared on socials supported by Artés organisation.


Veronica is a scholar of Medieval Art at the University of Perugia. For a while she has been looking for funding her research to prove that the textile abilities of the artisans of Sant' Anatolia of Narco go back as far as the VIIIth century, the times of Duke Faroaldo II, when ancient artisans prepared the special tunic for the consecration of the Duke who wanted to become a monk. But now Veronica is in a hurry, few days are missing to the deadline participation to a European project that could finance her future research and she is asking for help her University colleagues.

Would you like to help Veronica unveil the mystery? Come tomorrow at the Abbey of Saint Peter in Valle, Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, and bring your notes on Medieval history, they would be quite useful!

Veronica, in the shoes of a PhD Doctoral student in Medieval Art, will introduce you to the origins of the Abbey of Saint Peter, a very famous Lombard abbey in Umbria, which conserves the breathtakingly beautiful Bear Plate, Lastra di Orso, and the most important pre-Giotto frescoes cycle in Umbria.
You will enhance your knowledge on Valnerina’s traditions and, in particular, of Sant’ Anatolia di Narco, picturesque Umbrian village, famous for the “Canapine” (hemp fields).
In this very village exists the particular and curious Museo della Canapa (Hemp Museum), which testifies how hemp processing, in use from early Middle ages onwards, was a full ‘right’ of this territory. You could listen to the story of Faroaldo II, narrated by local people, understanding and vividly experimenting how hemp was processed, learning how to weave on an ancient loom of those times and, in the end , will round up the venture with tasting typical local products.


  • Essential to have your own car.
  • The course is easy to follow without clear obstacles on the way.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


An expert on the territory and local traditions, the Guide of the Abbey, entrance to the museum (visit and demonstration), tasting of local products at a typical restaurant, certificates on Weaving techniques acquisition.


everything that is not clearly included
The weaving kit to be bought at the museum is not included in the price