UMBRIA BETWEEN BURGS AND NATURE
Itinerary through central Italy, which runs from northern to southern Umbria, from Città di Castello to Terni, then back up to Todi. A route full of history and tradition, art, food and wine: from the city of St. Francis to the one of St. Valentines, from the handicrafts of Gubbio to the magnificent Waterfall Marmore, a dip in the green heart of Italy.
Category: Culture, Food and Wine
Length: 243 km
Means of transport: motorbike or car
Best on: Spring/Summer/Autumn
Information Heart of Italy, Umbria region hosts on its hills a myriad of small town and villages that preserve amazing marks of its Etrurian and medieval origins, such as Orvieto, Spello, Todi, Gubbio and Assisi, famous pilgrimage destination. Also worthy of a visit the major cities Perugia and Terni (there was born St Valentine and not far there is the spectacular Marmore Waterfall) but also the Appennino area and Trasimeno Lake.
Black truffle of Norcia, Brustengolo, Corallina, Fichi girotti, Zuppa imbrecciata.
Wines: Montefalco Sagrantino, Torgiano rosso riserva.
CITTÀ DI CASTELLO
Strategically situated in the Upper Valtiberina, Città di Castello borders with the provinces of Pesaro, Urbino and Arezzo. The Civic Tower, called by the inhabitants "Bishop's Tower", now pending, had a twin, located a few meters away, demolished long ago. Many events animate the city-life during the year.
Don’t miss: Civic Tower, Cathedral.
Founded by the Romans, the city of Gubbio is related to the history of St. Francis of Assisi. Beside excellent examples of medieval times, you can find an unspoilt environment. The artistic handcraft reflects a centuries-old skill. Here history, culture and landscape come together in a harmonic symbiosis. Don’t miss: Palace of the Consuls
Church of St. Francis.
Capital city, it is a cultural and economic hub of the region. With Etruscan origins, it became a free commune in the XII century. The archaeological sites with Etruscan ruins are very interesting, as well as the monumental Palace of Priors and the entire old town. The Fontana Maggiore is outstanding, made of marble and bronze, a valuable piece of the whole medieval sculpture. Don’t miss: Major Fountain, Archaeological Areas, Palace of the Priors.
ASSISI AND SPELLO
Set on the western side of Mount Subasio, Assisi is strongly linked to the patron saint of Italy St. Francis who was born and lived there. Some religious buildings are spectacular examples of XII century art. Spello, celebrated for the extra virgin olive oil produced there, is a small village near Mount Subasio, ranked among the "most beautiful villages in Italy". Don’t miss: The Basilica of St. Francis,
The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli,
Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Spello.
Founded in Roman times, it became duchy with the arrival of the Longobards; sought-after by Empire and the Papacy, Spoleto was later part of the Papal States. Spoleto is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Umbria, thanks to the richness and variety of its architectural and cultural displays. Don’t miss: the Duomo, Fortress Albornoz.
TERNI Known also as the "City of Lovers": St. Valentine was bishop, and his remains are kept there. Among the historic and religious buildings, like the beautiful church of St. Francis, you can find several monuments of industrial archeology. Few kilometers far from there, the amazing view of the Marmore Falls, a hydraulic work of the Roman era. Don’t miss: The archaeological ruins, Church of St. Francis.
This charming town is situated on the top of a hill overlooking the middle valley of the River Tevere. It is an ancient Etruscan city, but during the Middle Ages it was a free commune and then 'signoria'. Some religious and civic valuable buildings embellish the historic center, particularly those overlooking Piazza del Popolo. Don’t miss: Piazza del Popolo and the Cathedral of Annunziata, Fortress (remains).