Spoleto & Assisi


Spoleto


Aquaduct


Piazza del Duomo


Spoleto


Spoelto


Spoleto


Spoleto


Spoleto, Teatro Romano


Assisi


Assisi


Assisi


Umbria


Via di Roma Pilgrim path

UMBRIA

A visit to Umbria is as much about an encounter with a culture and a way of life as the observation of a beautiful place.

Umbrians are of course proud of their past and the buildings and monuments which are part of their world. Anyone who visits Umbria quickly absorbs the pride that Umbrians take in the routines of daily life; the time taken to be with families, the time tending the gardens, the time spent within their communities and of course the time taken over food.

Umbrians celebrate life at every opportunity. There are festivals celebrating:

Food: The harvests of truffles, olives, asparagus, celery, and many more, and of course the annual wine production.
Wine: The distinctive sagrantino grape is grown in the Montefalco area and the wine it makes rarely leaves Italy because it is enjoyed so much locally.
Faith: Patron Saints. Each village has a patron saint - not just St Francis of Assisi or St Benedict of Norcia – and there are annual festivals to honour their memory.
History: There are famous street events in Gubbio and Spello but also on a smaller scale, in small villages like Scheggino. Here, they pay respect to their women each August in memory of the defence and protection organised by the women, in the absence of the men, when Scheggino was raided.
Music is everywhere. Spoleto has a rolling programme of musical events throughout the year. Almost every church is used as a venue for performances in the summer.

There may be wonderful opportunities to share these celebrations in Umbria, so take time to check whether there are local festivals happening during your visit.

Your visit to Umbria is an opportunity to genuinely experience a life-style and to live life slowly as the Umbrians do, whether walking on Sundays for the weekly passiagiata or taking time each morning to visit a café for coffee.

Umbria

The region is mostly mountainous and hilly and presents a landscape rich in woods and water. It is crossed by the Apennines, which form numerous valleys.

Cities: Perugia is the regional capital. Other important cities are Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi, Spoleto,Terni.

Art

In Umbria, remarkable traces of Etruscan civilization can be seen in Todi, Bettona, Orvieto and Perugia. Both Spello and Spoleto have important Roman remains and other important Roman sites can be found in Assisi and Gubbio. Romanesque architecture thrived in this area at the beginning of the twelfth century: some beautiful examples are the Cathedrals of Spoleto and Assisi and St. Silvestro and St. Michele in Bevagna. The Gothic style reached very high levels, and imposing examples are present in almost every city. Renaissance buildings can be seen in magnificent monuments in Perugia, Gubbio and Todi.

Museums

In Perugia there is the National Gallery of Umbria, which has an important collection of Gothic Art. There are masterpieces by Duccio di Boninsegna, Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. The National Archaeological Museum of Umbria houses a splendid and very rich Etruscan collection. Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, one of the greatest figures of Christianity, has the superb Basilica of San Francesco with world famous frescoes by Giotto, showing in 28 splendid paintings the life of the Saint. Spoleto has the Gallery of Contemporary Art. The Civic Museum in Gubbio holds the famous “Eugubine tables” - seven bronze plates, from the second century B.C. Foligno offers the Archaeologic Museum and the Pinacoteca Civica.

To be visited

  • Umbria is rich in history and in nature and there is no shortage of outings:
  • The Marmore Falls in the Val de Nera are the highest in Italy and provide a spectacular sight.
  • The Fonti del Clitunno, the ancient Roman spring just north of Spoleto, is the source of the Clitunno River
  • Mount Subasio towers above Assisi with a National Park to explore.
  • The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli below Assisi is the burial place of Saint Clare who founded an order for women at the time of Saint Francis
  • Assisi and the Basilica of Saint Francis is full of interest for young and old
  • The ancient city of Spoleto, strategically situated on the ancient Via Flaminia from Rome to Ravenna, offers the Roman Theatre, Druso’s Arch, the late 4th century Church of San Salvatore and the Torre del Olio, from which the people are supposed to have poured boiling oil on Hannibal when he threatened the city
  • Near Perugia, it is possible to visit the Ipogeo del Volumni, an Etruscan tomb.
  • For spectacular scenery a visit to the Piano Grande at Castelucchio beyond Norcia is unforgettable.
  • The Via di Roma, one of the Pilgrim Paths from Canterbury to Rome, is clearly signed from Assisi to Spoleto and provides excellent walking through olive groves and easy hillsides

    Visit www.bellaumbria.it for further information on Umbria.
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