...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough,
what is enough? (Vincent van Gogh)
DURING YOUR STAY, START EXPLORING
Montefalco is well-known amongst wine lovers, and it is right on the slopes of this city that the best Umbrian wine is produced. Despite this, it remains an uncrowded destination, maintaining its small town charm. The landscapes surrounding it are among the most beautiful in Umbria, it is possible to view Trevi, Assisi and Spoleto. Here you will find numerous restaurants, wine bars and cafes where you can taste the delicious products of the region.
Enclosed within a vast plain, the city was built on the Sant’Elia hill and then was extended towards Monteluco then up to the banks of the Tessino. Ancient capital of the Lombard dukes, rich in art, events and nature, Spoleto will leave all those who go there breathless. Herman Hesse wrote: "Spoleto is the most beautiful discovery I made in Italy [...], there is such a wealth of beauty almost unknown, mountains, valleys, forests of oaks, monasteries, waterfalls! ".
Assisi is blessed with a magnificent location on the hill of Mount Subasio, in the green heart of Italy and Umbria. The city is located high above and it can be seen from afar. You will be awestruck by the rare beauty of the landscape. Assisi is the birthplace of the widely known and largely followed Saint Francis of Assisi; The Order of Saint Frances is the largest monastic order in the catholic community, accordingly Assisi is the destination for many pilgrims from all over the world.
Constructed on a hill, it is the perfect destination for history lovers. Its peculiar position on the top of a hill didn’t allow the for the city to expand, therefore it has remained the same in the course of the centuries. The walls of the old city are almost all intact. In the centre, Piazza del Popolo is so alluring that it has been the setting for many films over the last decades; also the famous film studios of Cinecittà are located nearby.
Perugia has a unique structure with its ancient Etruscan and Roman acropolis located at the top of the hill. Walking through its historic centre, you travel back through the centuries thanks to the architecture of its palaces. Moreover, the city boasts a considerable artistic fervour throughout the year: at the end of April it hosts the International Journalism Festival, in early July the Umbria Jazz Festival and in mid-October do not miss the annual Eurochocolate festival.
CASCATA DELLE MARMORE (55km)
The Marmore is a waterfall with controlled flow, located in a big natural park; it is one of the tallest in Europe. It is formed by the river Velino that, near the hamlet of Marmore, flows out of Lake Piediluco and plunges with a crash into the gorge below.
For info: Cascata delle Marmore
Gubbio is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns. Its history is rich in religious events and thus makes it an ideal destination for pilgrimages. The town is located on the upper side of Mount Igino and is one Umbria’s most ancient cities. Just outside the city you will find the remains of a 1st-century Roman theatre. In summer, various classical music concerts take place here. These are unique and distinctive events worth seeing more than once.
CASTIGLIONE DEL LAGO (94km)
Located on the western shore of Lake Trasimeno, it is a very pleasant place to experience. It is a medieval town, dating back to the 6th century, it is well preserved and with an intact centre. It is not very big, but it has a nice pedestrian area full of restaurants and shops.