HOLIDAY in UMBRIA: WHERE TO GO

When travelling Umbria you must consider not being in a hurry. Nature, silences, place of prayer, sunrises and sunsets on the terraces of the villages are its peculiarity.

Umbria is appropriately known as “The green hearth of Italy” because with its serene landscape, lakes, mountains, small hill towns, waterfall is suitable for who enjoy getting away from crowds.
I live here and I want to introduce you the highlights of this Region in particular the Valle Umbra which extends from Torgiano to Spoleto. 

I would like you to discover some true gems which are considered “the most beautiful villages in Italy”. They offer a blend of art, history, food, wine, landscape and crafts that makes them worth a week or more to visit.

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Trevi landscape

It is a perfect tour for those looking to experience the unique and unspoiled region with its beauty and hospitality. It offers the right combination of art and nature.



DISCOVERING UMBRIA


Let’s star our tour from Foligno, the city where I live and where I’ll welcome you! Foligno is exactly in the middle of the Valle Umbra and is a perfect and strategic starting point for touring the Region or follow the itinerary suggested!

Foligno is one of the very few Umbrian cities built in the plain.  Has an ancient historic center, monuments of great importance, many streets to go on foot or by bicycle. In the main square, Piazza della Repubblica, you can see the unique architectural ensamble consisting of the Duomo, the Municipality and Trinci Palace which has a neoclassical façade and a magnificent Gotic stair. 

Around the city you can admire works of art made by Perugino and Gentile da Fabrian, famous Umbrian painters.  The city hosts important Festival such as “The Joust of Quintana” which is the joust with the rings most difficult of Italy and take place twice a year. 

The streets are crossed by the Historical Parade with hundreds of characters with magnificent baroque costume; “I Primi d’Italia” is a gastronomic event which highlights the queen of Italian cuisine: the pasta.   

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Who are the kind of travelers who will most enjoy Umbria?


Umbria is known for its small, quiet hill towns to get away from crowds. Is an ideal destination for lovers of art and architecture, nature, walking, hiking, cycling, rafting.


Umbria destinations


What to do during your stay in Umbria?


Try to find out some true gems like...

  • Assisi (19 km from Foligno), 
  • Spello (6,4 km), 
  • Bevagna (9,1), 
  • Montefalco (11 km), 
  • Trevi (13 km), 
  • Spoleto (34 km) which are considered “the most beautiful villages in Italy”: each has enough to keep you busy for a day or more and none is more than a few miles from the next, making Umbria manageable and straightforward to explore.

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Questa foto di Spoleto è offerta da TripAdvisor.

Bevagna is a medieval pretty village famous in the Roman times for the ceramics. Has preserved over the centuries a strong tradition of craftsmanship, in wrought iron and wicker. Good examples are available in the so-called “Mercato delle Gaite”: you will find residents wearing medieval costume along with traditional paper, iron and silk workshops.

Montefalco is a majestic hiltown. The hills surrounding are famous for the production of the excellent wines Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. and Sagrantino d.o.c.g. From top of the hill you can view the magnificent Umbria Valley and its olive groves and vineyards.

Trevi is a small picturesque hilltown, surrounded by olive trees. Is well known for the high quality of its olive oil. The Olive oil Museum is well worth a visit.

Spello is an hilltown which stands on a spur of Monte Subasio. Was a Roman settlement and keep the ancient walls intact. Hosts the famous Infiorata on the day of the Corpus Domini feast. People create carpets and pictures made of flowers along the town streets. It is special because the artists use flowers collected in the wild. Walking around the town it is possible to admire the works of art of the famous Umbrian painter: Pinturicchio.

Assisi: the city walk will take you among the most important monuments of the town which ar connected with the lives of the Saint Francis and Clare who were born here. For its artistic and spiritual message is considered a World Heritage Site.


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Assisi

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situated on a hill is surrounded by medieval walls and it has also preserved some parts of the ancient Etruscan walls. It is named “Etruscan balcony” from where you can have a beautiful view of Perugia, Assisi, Spello. You can admire a very interesting series of paintings by the Giotto school and Perugino that was considered by his contemporaries to be “the best artist in Italy” and one of the best of all the Italian Renaissance artist.

Torgiano surrounding by olive groves and vineyards, has the best luxurious extra-virgin olive oil and the famous red wine. There is a special museum: the Wine Museum which displays the history of wine dating back to the 3rd millennium b.c. up to today; there are tools used in the vineyards or winery, archeological artifacts, literary and poetic texts, religious simbols, glasses cup, bottles and other objects to demonstrate the significant role of wine on our culture.


When is the best time to go to Umbria?


During May/June and September/October the weather is cooler.
Visit Bevagna (9,1 km from Foligno) for the Mercato delle Gaite and you will find residents wearing medieval costume, along with traditional paper, iron and silk workshops.

Autumn is the best time to visit Umbria when the colour of the trees are turning red, orange and yellow.

The weather can be very good in October and you have the best products of the land: mushrooms, truffles and saffron.

In September and November there is the vendemmia (grape harvest) and great local festivals take place in Montefalco (11 km from Foligno)

Foligno has monuments of great historical and artistic importance such as the Duomo (the Cathedral) of San Feliciano that, with its altar and the canopy, recalls the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.

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Duomo di San Feliciano


Other interesting church is Santa Maria Infraportas which is the oldest church in Foligno (XIIth century). The interior is decorated with frescoes by masters of the Umbrian school of the XVth century).

In the same square the Church of San Domenico. With its attached convent, is certainly among the architecturally most significant monuments in Foligno. Today is the auditorium of the city.

Not miss the visit to the Oratorio of Crucified, (just behind the church of San Domenico) build in three different periods (1587, 1643, 1702) and recently (2015) restored.

A visit to Palazzo Trinci, that was the residence of the Trinci family who ruled over the city from 1305 to 1439, will allow you to know the important archaeological and numismatic collection, the Roman period documented by artefacts and sarcophagi,  the city's picture gallery, a multimedia museum of Tournaments and Jousts and the Civic Museum.

Questa foto di Palazzo Trinci è offerta da TripAdvisor.

Accessibility


The Palace is located within the LTZ, but for those provided with the disabled permit, it’s possible to reach the facility with one’s own vehicle that can be parked in front of the entrance.

Information

Sede: Palazzo Trinci
Orario; 10-13 e 15-19 (every days except mondays,  25th december and january 1° )

Where to stay in Foligno?


BENEFITS:

- the apartment is in a very quiet area, it is well served (supermarket, coffe shops, train station). Washing machine, towels and kitchen at your disposal.

-right in the city center, is an excellent starting point to explore most of the surrounding areas, from the medieval villages to the tallest waterfalls in Europe (165 mt)

-the accomodation is 38 km from the airport of Perugia.

-Foligno lies directly on the Roma/Ancona train line making it easily accessible by train. The train station is 6 minutes (350 mt) walking from the apartment.

-Parking is limited in the city centre: it is possible by private agreements.

I'll be happy to help you with my travel tips. 😉
Maria Vittoria apartment "da Rosa"

Written by Maria Vittoria Venturiello

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