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Thanks to A. Angelucci (photographer in Assisi) for his bellissima photo

UMBRIA HILLTOWN GUIDED VISITS


Umbria, called "Italy's green heart" and set in the geographic center of Italy, is the perfect spot for exploration of some of Italy's most enchanting medieval hill towns. Assisi, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Spoleto, Narni, Cascia, Norcia, Todi, Orvieto, Perugia, Deruta, Lake Trasimeno: a few weeks of exploration won't do it! But aim for at least a taste of the splendors. Which ones to explore? Depends on you, your time available, your interests. Happy to guide you through the wonders! Do feel free to contact me with any queries.

Medieval Hilltowns of Umbria

(See MAP)

Assisi
The birthplace of St. Francis, most beloved of all saints for the Italians, Assisi is a synthesis of the splendor of the medieval hilltowns.
Spello
Built in the local pink limestone like Assisi, tiny Spello is a gem of the undiscovered medieval hilltowns, where every backstreet is a feast for the eye.

Perugia
Of Etruscan origin and called "city of the infinite view"by Henry James, Perugia perfectly embodies medieval elegance. Tours to Perugia can also include Deruta, Torgiano and Lake Trasimeno.
Gubbio
Dramatically perched on a hill overlooking the ruins of its Roman theater, here in Gubbio time seems to have quite literally stopped in the Middle Ages.
Deruta
Since at least the 13th century, Deruta has been one of the most significant production centers in Italy of maiolica (twice-fired pottery).
Spoleto
The Roman and Romanesque architecture of splendido Spoleto form a perfect backdrop for the "Festival of the Two Worlds". Tours to Spoleto can also include Bevagna and Montefalco.

Bevagna
Once a properous Roman town, Bevagna today offers an intimate view of quiet Umbrian daily life, unfolding in the midst of Roman ruins, Romanesque churches, characteristic arched backstreets.
Montefalco
Perched high on a hill and offering probably the best, all-encompassing view of Umbria, Montefalco is noted today for its fine textiles, superb Sagrantino wines, a 13th c. Franciscan church-now-art-museum - and not only!
Todi
Of pre-Roman origin, Todi sits perched on a hill overlooking the Tiber River. The main piazza of Todi is a synthesis of the Middle Ages, graced by the cathedral and stately civic buildings.
Orvieto
Constructed by the Etruscans on a volcanic tufo-rock plateau, Orvieto's cathedral is certainly one of the wonders of the medieval world. Tours in Orvieto can also include Todi and Cività di Bagnoregio.
Narni
One of my personal favorites, Narni - near the breathtaking Nera River Valley - is an unspoilt, untouched and - as yet! - undiscovered medieval hilltown where recent astounding archeological and architectural discoveries fascinate.

Thanks to Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi for all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)