Set in the heart of Monti Sibillini, Norcia is perched at 600 metres high and renowned holiday destination in every season.
Exploring the village can find interesting and valuable historical and artistic testimonies, unfortunately in some cases damaged by earthquakes, which often affected the area.
The beating heart of the city is definitely the central square; around it are the most handsome buildings of Norcia, many of them of Renaissance origin.
The Norcia tradition sees the countryside products and good food as protagonists. Here, the characteristics activities of the village of once are related to the processing of pork and to the collection of black truffles.
Among the prominent products there is the Norcia ham, awarded with the recognition of the IGP.
In Spello, we recommend a visit to the historical centre between the Doors erected in the Augustan and Medieval period. Among the most interesting monuments there are: the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, that has a 17th century facade and inside, in Baglioni Chapel, there are frescoes by Pinturicchio; Villa Fidelia of 16th century, built where once there were the Venus Temple, the theatre and baths; Palazzo dei Canonici, seat of Pinacoteca; the Church of Saint Andrew with a large table by Pinturicchio; the Church of San Lorenzo, the Porta Venere and the Properzio Towers of Augustan age. Spello offers outstanding delicacies: pecorino cheese, sausages, ham, wild asparagus, mushrooms, precious white truffle. Excellent is the olive oil, the wines made from Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Grechetto.Buy now
Trevi is arranged in a semicircle on a hill near the Umbria-Marche Apennines from which you can enjoy an unparalleled view, kilometers of hills that seem to shine thanks to the light that hits on his olive trees.
Even before arriving in town, is situated The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Tears, so called after a miraculous event, the lachrymation from a painting of the Madonna.
An inevitable stop is the Church of San Francesco, gothic style; the building includes the Antiquarium, the Museum of the City and of the Territory and the regional Museum of Oil Civilization, which allows a journey discovering history and traditions of oil civilization.
You can grant a break at one of the many restaurants to taste traditional local dishes like strangozzi with truffle, black celery, farro soups, grilled meat and yummy red wine.
The village of Castiglione del Lago, one of the most important tourist centers of Trasimeno area that also including Polvese Island, owes its medieval imprint to Lords della Corgna, become masters of the Lake in the sixteenth century. You can start right from Palazzo della Corgna, who was initially conceived as a small mansion and hosted illustrious personalities such as Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci, and which is currently the seat of the municipality. The Fortress and the Lion Castle are connected to Palazzo della Corgna through a suggestive and long passage, forming a typically feudal character complex. From Castiglione you can take ferries to Polvese Island, the largest of the three islands of Lake of great natural and environmental interest due to its rich vegetation. Some of specialties of the area are spaghetti with fish sauce, fried perch and roasted carp, i.e. a baked carp flavored with fennel, garlic, pepper and salt.Buy now
Located along the ancient via Flaminia between Foligno and Montefalco rises Bevagna, a town with a strong appeal to the medieval architecture.
Along the ancient walls are still present and perfectly preserved the four gates of the city, which give today the name to the neighborhoods, the so-called Gaite.
We recommend a visit to the Civic Museum with its archaeological finds and a rich historical collection; the Palazzo dei Consoli of 1200, inside is the 19th-century Francesco Torti theatre, characterized by elegant decorations, and the Church of S. Francesco; the Church of San Silvestro and the Spa building (testimony of everyday Roman) with mosaics of the first century a.d. At Bevagna you can taste: cheeses, meats, pasta dishes, legumes (lentils, barley), Extra Virgin olive oil and very good Sagrantino.
The enchanting geographical position where it is located, has brought to Montefalco the name of “Umbrian balcony”. From its belvedere it turns out a part of the region and all around Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Trevi, Spoleto, Bevagna; farther can be seen Appennine reliefs, but the hills covered with olive groves and vineyards are the most striking things. Once in town you can visit the San Francesco Church-Museum that represents a summary of history, culture and traditions of Montefalco. It was built between 1335 and 1338, and became in 1863 the property to the municipality that made it the Civic Museum seat. In the circular square overlooke the Town Hall, the former San Filippo Neri Church, today theatre, the Santa Maria oratory and significant examples of 16th-century mansions.
This city is also famous for producing the most important Umbrian red wine, the Sagrantino of Montefalco.
Located halfway between Perugia and Assisi, Foligno is a great destination to visit even in a half day. Unlike most Umbrian municipalities, Foligno is located in a flat area, making pleasant to walk on foot. The Cathedral, dedicated to San Feliciano, patron saint of the city, is in the Neoclassical- Baroque style. Not to be missed inside the Capitular Diocesan Museum and San Feliciano Crypt. Next to the Duomo overlooks Palazzo Trinci, Pinacoteca's home; inside, the Council Room with frescoed walls and a huge stone fireplace of '500.
The typical dishes are based on traditional Umbrian cuisine, tied to local products such as mushrooms, beans and truffle, together with those of the game meat, good wine and the unmissable Extra Virgin olive oil.