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  • 1.5 kg of freshwater shrimp
  • A few leaves of mint
  • fresh marjoram
  • parsley
  • garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons of extravirgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper




Put a pot with salt water on the stove and, when it boils, add the prawns. Cook for 7-8 minutes, until they have turned red; drain and let it cool. In the meantime, chop mint, parsley, marjoram and garlic, mix with oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove the shell, then the intestines; place them in a bowl, season with the sauce and serve.


This recipe belongs  from the area of Terni, where there is Piediluco lake. In Norcia and in Foligno, people made fried shrimps instead: tails, once clean, are fried in hot oil, salt and pepper. In areas where water offered shrimp, those who fished them put them in large buckets and then passed through the streets of the city to sell them.



Courtesy of Calzetti-Mariucci Editore.

«After becoming part of the Albo d’oro of the City of Perugia, I want the grifo symbol of Perugia, to accompany me in my climbing. I want to bring the spirit of Perugia through Italy and beyond».

With these words Luca Panichi, born in Magione 49 years ago, he proudly explains the importance of the recognition received. He is a sportsman, a cyclist, a climber. A person who has never surrendered, not only after the incident in 1994 when he was 25 years old: he was doing what he loved most, the time trial of the International Amateur Tour of Umbria, when a car ran over him. Today with his wheelchair – tailor – made for him – he climbs mountains and he brings around Italy the message that the limits can be overcome. He presides over associations and is the vice president of the Paralympic Committee of Umbria. But above all he managed not to abandon his passion: cycling. Passion that is perceived chatting with him, so much that he asks me: «Do you have a passion for cycling?» I admit that I do not know much about it, but that I prepared to interview him. The first question is almost obvious…


Luca Panichi

How did you think of climbing the mountains with the wheelchair?

Good question! Immediately after the accident I went to a rehabilitation clinic in Germany, where I used to go up to the near village – which was on the hillside of the clinic – pushing the wheelchair with my arms. In this way I realized that I could continue to be a cyclist even if sitting in a wheelchair. When I lived in Florence, I went around the whole city and I went back to Careggi without ever taking a vehicle. The same situation in Perugia: I attended the university and never parked in the reserved places, I used to park the car in via Ruggero D’Andreotto – near the Giò hotel – and I reached the Headquarters of University. I have trained a lot until it  has become a sport for me.

What was your first climb?

In 2009 I climbed the rise of the Blockouse in Abruzzo, arrival of one of the stages in the Giro d’Italia: few meters from the arrival I was intercepted by Cassani and Bulbarelli, who made live the chronicle of the last meters. From this episode, every year, I organize a cycling stage with the arrival to climb. In this way I can continue to live my passion, cycling and bring my message: «Breaking the sense of limit».

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Zoncolan, Stelvio and Gavia: there is a mountain that you would like to climb, but that you have not climbed yet?

La Marmolada and Passo del Mortirolo, but also the Colle di Portet-d’Aspet, which is a stage of the Tour de France. At that place, Fabio Casartelli died in 1995, just a year after my accident. I am very close to the Casartelli Foundation and every year I participate in the Grand Prix of Capodarco, a community that has helped me in my rehabilitation process, delivering the prize to the most combative athlete of the day.

What is your feeling?

I still feel like a cyclist when I climb up the hills. For me there was not a rift, it is a continuity of my previous sport.

What do you think when you are there and things get hard?

When I train I often say: “But who made me do it!” But then I think of the people who follow me, they are always an incitement. Honestly, for me it would be a sacrifice not to do what I do. It is a true passion!

Next goal?

In August I will take part in the Grand Prix of Capodarco, then in October I will try again the climbing of the Zoncolan, but in different climatic conditions compared to the first time.

Let’s talk about Umbria: what is your link with this region?

I am really in love with this region. Thanks to the bicycle I have known many villages and experienced many landscapes. It is wonderful to know other communities and discover places that you might not never visit. There is a bucolic environment that blends with the story, so as the characters who lived here. I think not only to St. Francis, but also to Fra Giovanni from Pian del Carpine, who was born in Magione just like me, a forerunner in the field of travels and Marco Polo too. Few people know them.

Walking around Perugia or Umbria – for a disabled person – is not like climbing a mountain?

Definitely. The Umbrian villages have their own configuration, but over time, some improvements have been done, in order to make these towns more accessible, such as Perugia itself. However, there is still a lot to do. The disabled people should maketheir own contribution, explaining what  has to be improved.

Why is it so difficult, in your opinion, to make everything accessible?

It is a cultural problem, but I think that a more balanced approach is necessary: the obstacles must be removed but the disabled people should help to improve the situation. The public institutions should be involved too, and, above all, the general attitude should be changed thorough dedicated projects, starting from the world of Education.

How would you describe Umbria in three words?

Romantic, charming and peaceful.

The first thing that comes to your mind thinking of this region…


Mayor of Perugia for 16 years, he made some of the city’s most famous squares and palaces.

As the son of Counts Vincenzo and Giacinta Oddi Baglioni, he received his primary education at the Collegio della Sapienza and then completed his studies graduating in law from the local university, where he also attended an archaeology course. His love for the arts and his painting skills allowed him to be nominated first for an Academic merit and later as President of the Academy of Fine Arts, a high position that he was offered for life by the governing Board.
Held in high esteem by the Liberal party, on 21st July 1848 he was appointed as rapporteur of the review board that were to judge the Perugians accused of treason for having deserted after the fighting of Cornuda, Treviso and Vicenza. With «sensible and subtle judgement», he welcomed his fellow citizens in his relation considering that the «legions that were united, due to the clamour of factions or to other political reasons that only time and history will reveal, were dissolved, even dispersed and removed from the places of action»[1].



Love for Perugia

His love for Perugia, that someone defined real «idolatry», [2] led him to get personally involved as an administrator: He was city councillor and provincial councillor until his health condition allowed him, he was President of the Provincial Council several times and a member of several city, provincial and state committees. He was a member of the Boards of Directors of the Sodalizio di San Martino, the kindergarten and other numerous city institutions. He was the mayor of Perugia for 16 years. He has been compared to another personality of his time, Peruzzi, the mayor of Florence, because they both shared the desire to turn their city into a magnificent centre of arts and learning. In fact, Reginaldo Ansidei’s commitment is remembered above all for having given considerable impetus to educational institutions, for having enriched the city’s art gallery with magnificent pieces and for having increased the relations between Perugia and other Italian and foreign cities[3]. During his tenure as mayor – begun in 1862 – he built the foundations of the destroyed Rocca Paolina of Palazzo Arienti, seat of the Prefecture and the Province, cleaned the gardens in the area behind the Palace, created the hanging road that allowed the construction of Palazzo Calderini and the Banca d’Italia and he also built Piazza d’Armi for military exercises and the Fontivegge Station[4].

Religious faith and monarchical faith

The newspapers of the time described him as a great orator with an «insinuating and effective» voice[5]. «His words ran […] smoothly and lively on his lips, full of great ideas and form; and, even when occasionally he was not able to generate persuasion, the impression and the memory of his ideas, the nobility of his intentions, did always leave a mark on the souls of those who listened to him»[6].
Reginaldo Ansidei never hid his religious faith and his democratic political ideas and «to remain faithful to his belief», he did not withdraw his candidacy during the elections of 1876 in exchange for a secure job as a senator[7]. Because of his strong support to monarchy (he long served as President of the Monarchical‑Constitutional Association), he was awarded Commander of the Order of Saint Maurice and Knight Grand Cross of the Kingdom of Italy. At his death, after three years of illness, even his political adversaries acknowledged him as a man «of rare genius and delicate empathy, with a great heart and by nature brought to do good» who had loved «his city as a faith»[8].


[1] G. degli Azzi, s.v., in Dizionario del Risorgimento nazionale, v. 2, Milano, Vallardi 1930, p. 81.

[2] Reginaldo Ansidei, «La Provincia», 11/2/1892.

[3] «L’Unione liberale», 8/2/1892.

[4]  Per il conte Reginaldo Ansidei, «L’Unione liberale», 9-10/2/1892.

[5] «Il Paese. Rivista settimanale dell’Umbria», 10/2/1892.

[6] Per il conte Reginaldo Ansidei, «L’Unione liberale», 9-10/2/1892.

[7] «L’Unione liberale», 8/2/1892.

[8] «Il Paese. Rivista settimanale dell’Umbria», 10/2/1892.