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Perugia
Thursday, August 23TH, 2012 by Glauco
Perugia     168,187 inhabitants. Right in Umbria, one of the regions in the center of Italy that is becoming a major stop for American tourists, Perugia is a couple of hours drive north of Rome. Perugia is a hill town about 400 meters above sea level and like most cities in central Italy, Perugia was an Etrurian settlement absorbed by the growing Roman Empire, making it a city that has diverse traditions and architectural styles. On this note, it is possible to visit the Etrurian Well that is not only an historical site, but is today still the main water source in the city. Besides the...
Isola Maggiore, Lake Trasimeno
Wednesday, April 21TH, 2010 by paolo
Trasimeno with Isola Maggiore 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 www.apmperugia.it for fares and timetables). It was a short crossing and we stepped off the ferry into a unique world which reminded us it was once a small medieval fishing village. The islanders...
Castello del Leone
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
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 Castello del Leone had been built on the orders of Emperor Frederick II for defense purposes. The...
Rocca Maggiore, Assisi
Thursday, January 28TH, 2010 by ancos
A view of the Assisi castle (Rocca Maggiore) 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 battlements and it is quite popular with visiting tourists. Spectacular views of the Spoleto valley and Assisi itself can be found at the...
Todi Castle, Todi
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
Todi, PanoramaThe 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 the Todi Castle The Todi Castle was constructed to protect the southern boundary of the territory of Julia Colony. The watch tower had originally been named as Torre d'Orlando and was built in a very strategic position so that it could look over the...
Rocca Paolina, Perugia
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
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 it was built the castle was destroyed by the local populace during an uprising. The only part of the...
Fortezza dell'Albornoz, Orvieto
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
  Orvieto - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Taoute/Wikimedia   Those visiting the town of Orvieto will find the historical fortress of Fontezza 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 Construction of the fortress, then known as the Rocco di San Martino, began in 1359. After the diplomatic and military victories of the...
Rocca Albornoz, Narni
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
    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 the year 1367 on the remains of an ancient military settlement by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz. It is...
Castello di Petroia, Gubbio
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
  Gubbio - Historic Center                                   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 power, strategically placed on a high hill. The castle complex consists of three different buildings: Castellare Minore,...
Rocca Flea, Gualdo Tadino
Wednesday, January 27TH, 2010 by ancos
  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 the years was renovated quite frequently. During the Perugian domination in 1350 the central keep was...

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