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Monday, November 7th, 2016
castel petroia
  A beautiful view of Castel Petroia, today a luxurious hotel (wikimedia)   The Castello di Petroia is located on a soaring hill and is surrounded by defensive walls and the Umbrian mountains. The majestic medieval castle, which overlooks the beautiful Chiascio valley, is located near the historical town of Gubbio and has now been made into a luxurious hotel. The glorious castle can trace its roots to the 9th and 10th centuries and was built to be a fortified base of
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
   November 6th, 2016   It is utterly painful and sorrowful to write an introduction to this article, researched and written by one of our former writers about three years ago. Painful and sorrowful, because what the pictures below show is no more. Painful and sorrowful, because vestiges of a past embued with traditions, rooted in the very essence of our culture, have crumbled and remain only in our memory.  Painful and sorrowful, because even after reconstruction,
Monday, September 12th, 2016
A street in Assisi Ph. depositphotos/shippee   Assisi is a comune and town located in the Umbria region in Italy in the province of Perugia. The town is located on the west of Monte Subasio and is mainly famous as the birth place of St. Francis. St. Francis had started the Franciscan religious order in Assisi in 1208. St. Clare was also born in the town.   Around 1000BC several Umbrians settled in the Tiber Valley and in the region where Assisi is now located. These
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Spello. Ph.   Perched on the southern slope of Mount Subasio, Spello is withouth any doubt one of the most fascinating and peculiar sites in the Umbria region. It extends across the back of the mountain from North to South, climbing down almost until the plain, giving the impression of a river of roofs, walls and towers. The towns is sprinkled with churches of different periods, mostly from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, like the Church of St. Maria Maggiore,
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Umbria   Archeological data suggest that man has inhabited the region of Umbria since the Palaeolithic period, but it wasn't until the 6th century BC that the beginnings of Umbria as we know it now were formed. During this time the region was inhabited by a tribe known as the Umbri who spoke a language called Umbrian which was similar to Latin. Little is known about the Umbri till this day, but they had a definite presence in the region. The Umbri
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
piano grande castelluccio umbria
Breathtaking Views in Umbria   I'm listening to the car radio and on comes "Una Storia Importante" by Eros Ramazzotti. The first lines of the song "quante scuse ho inventato io" remind me of the many excuses I used to make for not having the time to get out there and experience the evocativeness of the Italian landscape in all its moods and colors.     Change Gradually everything changed. Personally, I wanted to see more of the places that friends had told me about and so
Monday, July 4th, 2016
  Terni. Ph. Roberto Taddeo on flickr (   Terni is located in the Umbria region of Italy. Situated in the plains of the Nera River, the town is quite ancient. It is believed that the city was first founded in 7th century BC by the Sabini. Terni was later conquered by the Romans in the 3rd century BC. There are still a few Roman ruins in the city; during their rule the Romans built quite a lot of buildings in the area including an amphitheater. Terni is
Friday, March 18th, 2016
città di castello
  Piazza Matteotti in Città di Castello. Ph. Anguskirk on flickr (   Città di Castello is a city located in north Umbria, in the province of Perugia. The town's location in the valley of the Tiber River, and surrounded by the Apennines, is picturesque to say the least. When visiting Città di Castello one can't help but imagine how the town of all-brick buildings would have looked at the time of the town's founding, which is thought to
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
Panorama of Assisi Ph. flickr/Roberto Ferrari   The town of Assisi will forever be associated with its most famous son, Saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order and patron of Italy. A town located in the Umbria region of Italy in the province of Perugia, Assisi is also the birthplace of Saint Clare and Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. The town's vast collection of medieval art and famous buildings, including the great Basilica di San Francesco, has ensured
Monday, September 7th, 2015
Postcard from Gubbio Ph. depositphotos/mtdozier23   Gubbio is a town located in the region of Umbria, in the province of Perugia. Peacefully set on the slopes of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is known for its medieval palaces, churches and cathedrals. There are plenty of Gothic style buildings, traditional in their designs and distinct rooftops. Most of these homes were built in the 14th and 15th centuries and were originally inhabited by
Friday, June 26th, 2015
spoleto festival
    If you're planning a trip to Italy next summer, and more specifically to Umbria, you might want to consider coming when the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds takes place, usually the first two weeks or seventeen days in July. The 58th edition takes place from June 26 through July 12 in 2015.   Founded in 1957 by composer and conductor Gian Carlo Menotti, this multi-faceted feast of cultural events has been copied in the United States, with the version in
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
cycling tuscany umbria
Cycling in the countryside   If you like cycling, you will definitely want to do a cycling tour of Tuscany and Umbria. These fantastic provinces have a lot to offer: the hills, towns and valleys of southern Tuscany and Umbria are a cyclist's dream. Beautiful scenery with rolling hills and waving wheat fields, ancient houses and churches, medieval architecture and awesome views will take your breath away. The charming towns sitting atop hills are a great place to enjoy a warm
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
la scarzuola
  La Scarzuola (   Think of the quaint Umbrian countryside: cookie-cutter-perfect and almost painfully stereotypical of what rural Italy is supposed to look like. Not a criticism, mind, just a matter-of-fact statement to remind ourselves sometimes too much exposure can, indeed, be detrimental. Yes, because we often become guilty of trivializing beauty when we see it too often, or limit its value to movie-and-cheap-novels ideals of it. Sometimes, I really get the
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Deruta and its Majolicas   Deruta is a small town located in Umbria, more precisely in the province of Perugia. Deruta is located on top of a hill and its origins are not very clear. However, it is believed that Deruta did have plenty of important links to Perugia since ancient times. It is known that, since the 13th century, the town had its own statutes and laws and various old documents dating back to that era have been found. The city walls, originallty from that
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
calendimaggio assisi
  Calendimaggio: May 6-9 2015   The origins of the festival of Calendimaggio which takes place in Assisi, are to be found among the ancient customs of many different peoples, but especially in the Roman celebrations known as the "Fasti di Maggio" and in the medieval tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring in early May (Kalende di Maggio) with groups of revelers serenading through the streets of the town.   Parade at the Calendimaggio, Assisi. Ph. flickr/la
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
  The imposing Cathedral of Orvieto Ph. depositphotos/Maugli   Orvieto is a  town located in the Umbria region of Italy, located on top of a flat butte  made of volcanic tuff stone. Orvieto is truly located in one of the most beautiful sites in Europe, as it rises on the top of a vertical cliff, and it is surrounded by beautiful medieval walls.   The city has been populated since pre-Roman times, and it was a major hub of
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Panorama of Perugia Ph. flickr/Tommy Clark   Perugia is a lovely medieval city located in Umbria. Rich in history and art, its surrounding are witness to both the Etruscan and the Roman civilizations. The modern part of town is identified by the presence of its prestigious university, home to thousands of Italian and International students. Because of this, Perugia has all the lively characteristics of a typical university hub, and it is full of interesting attractions,
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Todi, Panorama   Todi Castle is located in the town of Todi in the region of Umbria. The castle is also known as Capecchio and is located on top of a hill 10 miles from the town of Todi, close to Terni. The castle was originally built in the year 1100 AD as a watch tower, and over the centuries it evolved into a full sized castle.   History of Todi Castle Todi Castle was constructed to protect the southern boundary of the territory of Julia Colony. The watch tower
Monday, April 8th, 2013
 Off-the-beaten events: the corsa all'anello   If you appreciate and are really interested in the Middle Age tradition, Italy is rich in borghi, hamlets, and little villages celebrating their tradition in honor of this era. Several festivals and themed events are organized. La corsa dell'anello is an interesting occasion to see a traditional performance and visit an ancient place. The event takes place in Narni, in the region of Umbria, between April and May. It is renowned also on an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bettona perched on a hill Bettona is located in the Umbria region of Italy in the province of Perugia. The town is located close to Assisi and Torgiano. The history of Bettona goes back to the Etruscans. It is believed that the town was first set up when the Etruscans arrived in the region. The people of Bettona had been referred in Pliny and in various other ancient inscriptions as Etruscans. The town is quite small; it is spread over an area of 35 sq km and has a population of close to 3900
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Narni - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Croberto68/Wikimedia   The town of Narni is a part of the Umbria region and is located on a stunning limestone cliff overlooking the Black River. Rocca Albornoz is one of the town's most notable landmarks. Built in the 14th century the Rocca Albornoz was originally a military structure meant to protect the territory from invasions and is now used for various exhibitions and for various conferences.    History of the Castle The castle was built in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
albornoz orvieto
  Orvieto - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Taoute/Wikimedia   Those visiting the town of Orvieto will find the historical fortress of Rocca or Fortezza dell'Albornoz on the left side of the Piazza Cahen. The castle was founded by Spanish Cardinal Albornoz, under the orders of Pope Innocent VI and from the designs of Ugolino di Montemarte, at a site that once held an Etruscan temple and was meant to be a safe base for the Church in the area.   History of the Castle
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Bastia Umbra - Particular of the Town Center - Photo courtesy of Dippofab76/flickr   If you are visiting Perugia and have indulged in your share of chocolate and architecture you may want to make a trip to Bastia Umbra, a town of about 20,000. Here you will find ruins dating back to the Romans, beautiful churches, charming streets and more medieval architecture than you can shake a stick at.   Getting to Bastia Umbra Reaching Bastia Umbra is quite easy considering its proximity to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
rocca maggiore assisi
An old postcard of the Rocca Maggiore Ph. flickr/Miss Shari   The historic city of Assisi is dominated by two large medieval castles. The larger castle is known as Rocca Maggiore which is an imposing bastion that looms over the hill town, intimidating potential invaders. The castle as seen today is mainly the work of Cardinal Albornoz, with several later additions by Popes Pius II and Paul III.   Assisi's Rocca Maggiore dominates the entire skyline with its impressive
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Gualdo Tadino - Rocca Flea (Flea Fortress) - Photo courtesy of Simonecappellini/Wikimedia Rocca Flea, or the Flea Fortress, is a fortified castle located in the town of Gualdo Tadino in the region of Umbria in central Italy. The castle is located on the upper part of the same hill as the town itself. The castle dates back to the reconstruction of the town in 1237 and is thought to have been built during the Lombard times. In the year 1242 the castle was rebuilt by Frederick II and over
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Spoleto - Panorama. Ph. flickr/Giulio Capoccioni   Spoleto is an ancient town located in the Umbria region of Italy, in the province of Perugia. The town is located at the foot of the Apennine hills and is a perfect stop for people visiting nearby Trevi, Terni and Perugia. The earliest mention of Spoleto on record is the establishment of a colony in the area in 241 BC. In ancient times Spoleto was considered a strategic geographical location since it is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bicycle tours in Pisa Bike tours around the Central Italy regions of Tuscany and Umbria can be very exciting and adventurous way of exploring the scenic landscape this place is famous for. Moreover, it gives an opportunity to find interesting places on your own and even stop at some nice cafes and restaurants on the way to enjoy some amazing food.  Both Tuscany and Umbria have a fascinating history and culture and a cycling journey around these places can be very challenging and rewarding at
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trasimeno Lake Ph. depositphotos/posztos   I was fortunate enough to be invited on a trip with an Italian friend. It was autumn and he wanted to show me Isola Maggiore. The island is one of three islands inside Lago Trasimeno, Italy's fourth largest lake situated just inside Umbria close to Tuscany.   We parked the car and boarded a small ferry north of the lake at Tuoro Navaccia near Tuoro sul Trasimeno (visit for fares and timetables). It was a short
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Montefalco   Montefalco is a stunning town located in the heart of Umbria and offers some interesting attraction for tourists. Its ancient walls, cobbled streets and stone buildings, along with lovely examples of medieval architecture preserved in beautiful churches, are just some of the sights to see and treasure.   Just across the Spoleto valley, Montefalco provides some of the best scenic views of the Umbrian landscape. Lovely
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Lake Trasimeno and Castiglione del Lago Ph. depositphotos/wallaceweeks   Lake Trasimeno is also known as Lake Thrasimene or Trasimene. Located south of the River Po, the lake covers an area of 128 sq km which is only slightly less than Lake Como. The River Tiber flows a few kilometers away from Trasimeno, but the two are separated by hills. No other major lakes flow in or out of Trasimeno and the level of its water can fluctuate wildly depending on the amount of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Albornoz Fortress, Narni Ph. depositphotos/Milla74   Narni is one of the most fascinating cities of the Umbria region in Italy and offers a nice glimpse of the urban architecture from the Roman, medieval and Renaissance era. The peak of its glory started rising during the Middle Ages at the time when the Pope took refuge in Avignonne and from there onwards, it extended its boundaries upto Rieti. The churches and beautiful medieval structures seen here are some of the major
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Town of Torgiano, Umbria TorgianoTorgiano stands on the road to Perugia (it is distant 6 km from Bettona and 14 km from the chief town). It is a little medieval town as the rests of its old walls and the imposing tower that is detached from the urban agglomerate show. Above all, Torgiano is known for its wine production. In fact, a museum has been dedicated to it. The most famous and appreciated wines are Rubesco and Torre di Giano, the first red and the second white. They go back to a very
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castello del Leone Castello del Leone means the Fortress of Lion in Italian. The castle is located in the town of Castiglione del Lago and had been built by Emperor Frederick II. Castiglione del Lago is located in the Perugia province in the region of Umbria. The town is located on the southwestern side of Lake Trasimeno. The town is located 59 km from Orvieto, 21 km from Chiusi and 56 km from Arezzo while Crotona is 21 km and Perugia is located 47 km from the town.   History of the Castle
Friday, June 1st, 2012
If you're looking for some adventure, after all the sightseeing in the Rome you can visit the Cascate delle Marmore, about 100 km from Rome. These waterfalls situated in Umbria were artificially built by the Romans and are now a great tourist attraction. They consist of three major falls for a total leap of 165 metres. Here, not only you can stroll down the paths and climb up the hill towards the top of the waterfalls, inside a finely preserved and equipped park with beautiful belvederes
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Monti Sibillini - Big ValleyHike, climb and discover in this national park, located in the Le Marche region of Italy, which features the rugged group of mountains known as the Monti Sibillini. The highest peak in the chain belongs to Monte Vettore, which stands at 2,476 meters above sea level. Located in the ancient kingdom of Sibillia this park is rich in history and natural beauty, tradition and unique geography. Built with an eye to protecting the environment and promoting and developing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Assisi from the plains Ph. depositphotos/Kassandra2   The Basilica of St. Francis and the Sacro Convento The basilica complex is composed of two churches built one above the other, the lower one dating from 1228-1230 and the upper one from 1230-1253 and a crypt dug in 1818 which houses the Saint's tomb. The Lower Basilica was decorated by the greatest painters of the 13th and 14th centuries: Cimabue, Giotto, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini. The stained glass windows are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The City of Foligno, Italy Foligno Cathedral   Foligno is a city located along Central Italian region of Umbria and is renowned as an important commercial center and a vital railroad junction. Basically, this city is known for its manufacturing industry that produces paper, textiles, machinery and other transport and machinery items. It is among the rare cities in Umbria which is built across the plain and it rises until the banks of the River Topino. Lot of tourists come to this place due
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of the city of Perugia   If visiting Perugia be sure to visit Rocca Paolina, which may not be the first castle to be built in the city, but is certainly one of the most important. Built in 1373 after Cardinal Aegidius Albornoz wrested control of Umbria and Tuscia from Pope Innocent VI, it was meant as a testament to the cardinal's prowess and power. The plans for the original castle were drawn up by Gattapone Gubbio and it was the largest in the area at the time. Only three years after
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Collazzone   Collazzone is a town and comune located in the region of Umbria in Italy. Collazzone is located in the province of Perugia and is close to the capital of the province. The town is quite small, spread over an area of 55 sq km with a population close to 3108. Collazzone is mainly an agricultural commune and does not attract many tourists. However, due to the importance given to agritourism in the region in the past few years, several people now visit Collazzone to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Umbria - Horses Galloping Across the Piano Grande   Umbria is a small region in Italy, made up of mountains, valleys, and smaller towns rather than large cities. Picturesque and known for its rural beauty, the region--which boasts a population of less than 1 million--offers many small towns and villages to visit and shop in.   Typical Products Umbria is famous for its many good vineyards, which produce excellent quality wines like Rosso di Montefalco and Torgiano. Umbria is also known
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  View of Assisi Ph. depositphotos/klesz5   Assisi is between Rome and Florence, it is 30 miles north of Spoleto and 16 miles east of Perugia. This city began in the 7th Century and was conquered by the Romans 400 years later. It was Christianized in 238 by St. Rufino but is remembered for St. Francis. This city is another medieval themed city with its architecture and appearance. Most of this is due to neglect between the 16th Century and 1926, when the city was renovated