This city can get a bit crowded. People from all over Italy and the world to bask in the views of the birth place of St. Francis, who was born in 1181. The Basilica of San Francesco is where he was buried. The religious structure is saturated with frescos by famous artists who were extremely influential in the field of painting. Among those are Cimabue, Simione Martini, and Giotto. It’s a very well known pilgrimage site also. However, aside from all the religious associations in this wildly Catholic country, the city itself is incredibly charming and well-worth the visit, even if it doesn’t resinate with your religious views or customs.
Gubbio hosts a festival every year that is definitely worth checking out if your vacation times are flexible. If you can make it here during the Festa dei Ceri, you won’t regret it! If not, there’s still plenty of aspects that make the city lovely to visit. Taking the cable car up to Mount Ingino is great for a wide view of the whole city and its surrounding panoramic views. Inside the city itself, you’re surrounded by the mountainous scenery and the Medieval structures and feeling that still lingers throughout the town.
The Spoleto Valley features this small town as one of 4 main cities in the valley. The historical city center is a blast from the past while the Civic Museum of San Francesco is a taste of religious education, following the life of St. Francis through a series of frescos from the Renaissance period. Additional to being surrounded my mountains in this valley, it is also known for a fantastic wine, Sagrantino di Montefalco. It’s obligatory to try while in town. If you have some freedom during your trip, check out the other three cities in the valley, Trevi, Bevagna, and Spello. The last we will mention here late so stay tuned!
Even the name is oddly similar to “nordic.” It’s an odd coincidence given its wildly mountainous environment. It is surrounded by the Sibillini mountain range and the Pian Grande which is a great place for mountain sports, hiking, and those who are adventurous in this kind of terrain. Also, this city is a spectacular spot for foodies! Certain cheeses, meats, and the particular truffles are some gastronomic gems of this lovely small mountain town.
The city of Orvieto has a very unique history for a variety of reasons. During complicated periods in Rome when the city and structure was more disordered, the Popes would reside here in this splendid town. Speaking of religious influences, even beforehand, it was particularly special. The well of St. Patrick is situated here and was even altered to be designed for defensive use in the occasion of a potential siege taking place. The fantastic cathedral is the main focus of the city, its external walls taking about 300 years to complete. Whether you were planning for this spot or not during your route, you may not be able to resist while you’re passing by.
This is one of the most lovely cities to visit in the central area of Italy. It is home to a beautiful center, full of historic Etruscan and Roman statues and artifacts. The Medieval style is present throughout as well, especially in the Palazzo dei Priori, a gothic style palace. The National Gallery of Umbria is also situated here, a fantastic gallery or art covering centuries of art history. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the capital city of Umbria.
CITTA’ DELLA Pieve
The city of Pieve is a unique combination of influence from Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio, although it is situated just on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. The center of the city has walls outlining the area, enclosing beautiful artistic paintings and markets. The Logge del Perugino is spectacularly painted and is a resort that many come from all over to see as one of the best attractions led by the Rainbow Trail from the historical city center. Sitting on a hill, it offers views of Lake Trasimeno.
Small town Spello is one of the four towns in the Spoleto Valley, in addition to the previously mentioned city of Montefalco. The best time to visit this town is during the Corpus Domini. This religious festival is an occasion in which all the citizens of the town, of all ages, genders, etc, toss flower petals over the streets. This ceremony is called the “Infiorata.” The following day, the flower petals are removed during part two of the religious ceremony. Additionally, apart from the festival, the city itself is incredibly intimate. The Medieval homes of the valley in general also spread through Spello, and add unique charm to its narrow streets.
Speleto also has a wonderful festival worth visiting if you happen to be there during that time. This celebration is recognized in Europe as one of the most important of the summer, called the “Festival dei Due Mondi,” meaning the festival of two worlds, in which the city is lit up in a spectacular site. The fortress in town is well equipped with picturesque views. Additionally, this is yet another great Italian town with valuable frescos of the Renaissance period in its main cathedral. Most important artistic artifacts are here for you to explore in this hilltop town.
You may have seen this town featured in some older vintage style movies. Its Medieval architecture, well-preserved in the town’s main piazza is a perfect backdrop for some films and also for your vacation! The town of Todi sits on a pyramid structured hilltop with its Medieval style and intimidated Duomo which faces one end of the town.