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Via del Bosco
Loc. Montesanto 9, 9/a, 9/b
Castel San Felice
This church is another little gem of the Umbrian Romanic architecture (it dates from 1194!), close to the loop outlined by river Nera in the neighbourhood of Castel S. Felice, a wonderful small village near S. Anatolia di Narco. According to a legend, in that valley tormented by a dragon (the symbol of the malaria once infesting the area) some Syrian monks settled, and one of them, Felice, killed the monster and worked wonders like the resurrection of the only child of a widow. These legendary events are admirably represented on the fašade of the church.
Hermitage and Sanctuary
of Santa Maria Giacobbe
Madonna delle Grazie
On the road from Colfiorito to Pievetorina and Visso, you get to the Santuario di Santa Maria in Plestia and to the excavations of the town of the same name. The sanctuary is visited by pilgrims every year and monthly markets are held around the church from May to September.
The Porziuncola is the place where Franciscanism developed, and where Saint Francis lived and died. The Porziuncola is situated now inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in the town of the same name few kms from Assisi.
Sanctuary of Rivotorto
The church of Santa Maria of Rivotorto, famous as the "Sanctuary of Rivotorto", is located in the homonymous village, a few kilometres south of the city of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
The Sassovivo Abbey stands on the declivity of Mt. Serrone (1000 mt). It is famous for its beautiful rectangular Roman cloister with its 128 pillars.
St. Eutizio Abbey
This wonderful abbey is considered the cradle of the Benedictine movement. It has been erected on the fifth century site where St Spes and other hermits had originally built a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Being a medieval town built on a plain, Foligno represents a real exception!
Perugia is the capital city of Umbria and it is a city born more than two thousand years ago, older even than Rome, still conserved within the city walls built by the Etruscans.
Family-run restaurant in a quite remote part of Umbria along the way to Pettino.
Osteria dei Carbonari
Fine restaurant located in Verchiano where you will savour a real taste of Umbria. Giovanni is very friendly and professional. Do not forget to order his "Crema" for dessert, just delicious.
Altolina Natural Park
The conformation of this area is the result of the geological changes that took place roughly 200 million years ago, during the formation of the Apennine range and before the Italian peninsula had emerged from the sea.
Park of Colfiorito
The Park is situated in the middle-western section of the Apennines, inside a huge tectonic plain between Umbria and Marche and it is called Altipiani di Colfiorito.
Park of Mount Subasio
The park has been established in 1995 with an extension of about 7,442 ha.
Sibillini National Park
The Park includes a natural territory between Umbria and Marche, of great naturalistic value and it presents very different landscapes and situations. The visitors can therefore carry out interesting naturalistic-historical guided excursions at the discovery of the four main sections into which the protected area is divided: the slope of the Alto Nera and of its "guaite" (Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Pievebovigliana, Pieve Torina, Ussita, Visso), the slope covered with flowers (Castelluccio), the magic slope and the sacred slope (Norcia and Preci).
Fonti del Clitunno
Situated near Trevi, the springs are immersed in an enchanting oasis of peace which has inspired generations of poets.
Ipogeo dei Volumni
This underground Etruscan chamber tomb of the Volumnia family dates back to II b.C. but has been discovered only in 1840. It contains also a series of urns, utensils and statues belonging to the close Necropoli of Palazzone of which the hypogeum was once part.
Isola Maggiore is one of the three island in Lake Trasimeno. It is the only inhabited one. The small fishing village, which reached its height in the 14th century, today has only around thirty residents. Most of the buildings, including the ruins of a Franciscan monastery, date from the 1300's.
Lake Trasimeno is immersed in a lovely environment, surrounded by green rolling hills. The Etruscan people settled around the lake and established their sophisticated culture there.
One of Europe's highest waterfalls. It is a scene of incomparable fascination and beauty, produced by the river Velino falling into the Nera from a height of 165m. Paths and routes help the visitors discover the heart of the park. Read about Rafting in the Marmore Park.
Surrounded by greenery, the Menotre waterfalls are the result of a 20-metre drop taken by the Menotre river after the village of Pale. After the waterfalls the river runs through Belfiore to then join the river Topino
Leaving Spoleto in the direction of Monteluco, on the right of the road you find the churh of S. Pietro (XII-XIII century). A few kilometres further up the hill can be found the church of S. Giuliano, which dates back to the twelfth century. Further on, you will arrive in Monteluco where it is possible to admire the monastery of S. Francesco (XV century).
Mount Vettore and Pilato Lake
The Sibillini National Park boasts some of the highest mountains in the Apennines and Monte Vettore is the highest in the park at 2,476m (8,124 ft).
If driving to Spoleto from Rasiglia, choose the way to Molini/Pettino (SP 459). Pettino will give you a wonderful view over the valley.
Rafting the Corno River
For the adventurous tourists this is a nice way to discover the beauty of our nature!
St. Emiliano Olive Tree
The olive tree dedicated to St. Emiliano (500m NE of St. Peter's in BOVARA) is probably about 1700 years old and is the oldest in Umbria. With little foliage its circumference measures about 9m. It is at present 'protected' with catalogue no. 102. As it is to be found on a relatively low slope, and therefore subject to severe frosts, it is to be considered a botanical rarity as the surrounding olive trees rarely survive more than 30 years.
Tempio sul Clitunno
The little temple of the Clitunno, located in the territory of Trevi, has still maintained the classical name of the river having its source nearby.
No need to describe the beauty of the town of St. Francis, neither to list all the churches and the medieval buildings that are spread throught the town... The pin is marking the beginning of the St. Francis Path, 50km leading to Gubbio.
Deruta is known throughout the world for the production of precious majolica and ceramics, the decoration of which dates back to the Medieval ages, during the domination of the Church. The Grazia company is the oldest ceramics factory in town.
Located on the lower slopes of mount Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in central Italy.
Known for its fine wine (the Sagrantino), Montefalco is a town which dominates a truly unique panorama, for this reason it has been called the "Ringhiera dell'Umbria". Please note the Church Museum of St. Francis which consists of the church, the art gallery and lapidary. The church houses frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli (1452) and a nativity by Perugino (1503). Click below to read about the Strada del Sagrantino.
The town was built on top of a tufa rock reachable via a cable car. Of Etruscan foundation, it has extraordinary artistic jewels.
Visitors to Spoleto will find it hard to forget historical and artistic sites which are some of the regions most majestic such as the Bridge of Towers (il Ponte delle Torri) which links Spoleto with the mountain (Monteluco), a construction more than 200meters long for a height of 80 meters; the Church of St. Pietro, with its 13th century fašade, the Cathedral with its mosaics and the Church of St. Eufemia.
Beautiful town where Middle Ages and Renaissance live together. The visitor will most certainly be surprised to discover the beauty of the monuments of the Medieval era and the works of art of the Renaissance period. Amongst these, the Palazzo del Capitano, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Cathedral, the Church of St Fortunato, the city's patron saint and, finally, the Temple della Consolazione which houses numerous works of art. Todi is the birthplace of Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306), one of the first poets in Italy to compose in dialect. Nowadays the town organizes the TodiArteFestival (click link below for more information), a theatre, lyric, dance and music review.
Situated along the Roman Via Flaminia, the town is linked to the Roman era, as can be seen by its various Imperial ruins such as the Roman theatre dating back to the II century AD, and the remains of mosaics featuring marine animals, probably once part of spa buildings.
In the hills near Foligno, this tiny village has a history that goes back to the disciples of Jesus. Local legend says that apostles Paul and Peter came through the region to spread the gospel, and they were given hospitality by the original Mr. Cancelli, who suffered from rheumatism. In the morning, one of the apostles cured him and also taught him how to do hands-on healing. The technique has been passed down from father to son for two millennia, but if the healer moves from the village of Cancelli, the skill is lost.
Cascia is a small town in the south-eastern tip of Umbria, surrounded by beautiful mountains, where Saint Rita lived in the 15th century, first as a married woman and then as an Augustinian nun. The highlights of Cascia include the Basilica of Saint Rita and the Monastery of the Augustinian nuns, besides all the places linked to her life. A short distance from Cascia is Roccaporena, the birthplace of the Saint, where one can still see her house, her wedding church, the tiny garden, and the 'rock' where she used to recollect in prayer.
Castelluccio di Norcia
Between the end of May and the beginning of July the Fioritura, an event of extraordinary beauty, is held on the plateau of Castelluccio; the green of the pastures becomes a waving mosaic of colours varying from yellow to red to violet. This tableau is composed of innumerable species of flowers: narcissus, violets, poppies, buttercups, lentils.
Cerreto di Spoleto
This small town situated at 557 meters above sea level owes its name to the forests which are to be found in its vicinity.
The Lanini brothers together with their mother Sig.ra Franca run here a small farm producing a delicious local sheep's cheese, growing saffron and a rare kind of bean (le monichelle).
During the 15th Century Montesanto was an imposing castle on the border between the Duchy of Spoleto and the Dukedom of Camerino, and rests of this important history are still visible when admiring the walls surrounding the castle and the church.
The town is the heart of the Sibillini National Park's sacred slope. It is famous for its charming square with the church dedicated to St. Benedict, the Dome and other interesting historical buildings. Norcia is also one of Italy's great culinary capitals, it is renowned for its truffles, pork sausages, hams, cheeses and lentils. Many excursions leave from here, like the one leading to the water meadows (the so-called "marcite"), the original irrigation system existing since the time of the Benedictine Monks.
It is one of the smallest 'comuni' in Italy and standing 974mt above the sea level, it is the highest municipality of the Valnerina. The view over the valley is astonishing.
Preci is a pretty village situated on what used to be called the 'Valle Castoriana', so named due to the abundance of "castori" (otters), once found in the valley. With narrow winding roads and views over valley and mountains, you will enjoy a particularly attractive view.
Rasiglia is a small village built around the Trinci (Lords of Foligno) Castle between the XV-XVI century. Part of the castle walls have been restored according to my grandmother's will in the early '90s and are still there for the eyes of the villagers and visitors.
Scheggino is situated just along the river Nera which waters lap round the old houses and a man-made canal, dug to supply power to a mill, divides the town into two.
Spello is a very beautiful medieval village lying on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio right in the middle of the Valle Umbra (Umbrian valley) between Assisi and Spoleto. In the church of Santa Maria Maggiore can be found the beautiful chapel, Cappella Baglioni; painted with frescoes by Pinturicchio in the year 1500.
Trevi rises up on a hill dominating the plain between Foligno and Spoleto.
Vallo di Nera
On a high outcrop on the left bank of the Nera River, Vallo is one of the best preserved castles in the Valnerina area, if not of the whole Region.
This enchanting mountain village in the Marches region is situated just along the Umbrian border. It is called the Perla (pearl) of the Sibillini National Park and it boasts a past rich in history: the imposing city walls, the medieval balconies, the houses, the towers... but above all the magnificient piazza with its 15th- 16th century buildings.
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