Below some of our suggestions for your visits and, if you want to see more ... allow us to repeat it ... come and visit us!
Bevagna (5 km from us)
Bevagna is today a model of "peaceful living", the feminine noun "bevagnizzazione" has also been coined and inserted in the definitions of Treccani (one of the main Italian Dictionary), to mean "the elegant and at the same time genuine, harmonious and serene lifestyle of the inhabitants of the municipality of Bevagna".
Bevagna has received numerous awards from its visitors and guests. It has been recognized as a Jewel of Italy since 2012, it is among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, it is Orange Flag, the City of Oil, the City of Wine and it is part of the Strada del Sagrantino (Sagrantino route)!
You will discover in Bevagna the original medieval urban layout: it is surrounded by walls with towers and entrance doors, inside squares and noble palaces. It is famous for the arts and crafts fair, "Le Gaite", really not to be missed as an experience!
If you are a bicycle lover, it is of eccence to know that Bevagna is located along the Assisi-Spoleto cycle path.
Foligno (15 km from us)
Famous to be known as "The centre of world" ... “Lu centro de lu munnu”. Indeed, Foligno is in the center of Umbria, which is in the Heart of Italy... and Italy being in the center of the Mediterranean sea ... the only known land ages ago. And....guess what? In the center of Foligno there used to be a café called Gran Caffè Sassovivo and in the center of that café a pool table ... and in the center of that pool table
there was a red pin and THAT marked the center of the world!
An other curiosity linked to Foligno is the printing of the first edition of the Divine Comedy in 1472.
Foligno is also famous for the two Giostre della Quintana in June and September, an exciting medieval horse gaiming.
Particular to see is also a work of contemporary art 24 meters long and 9 wide: the "Cosmic Magnet". Really impressive!
Other places to visit nearby:
- the Hermitage of Santa Maria Giacobbe
- Rasiglia and its sources
- The Caves of the Abbess of Pale
- many others...
Assisi (20 km from us)
Assisi is the city where San Francesco and Santa Chiara were born. In the Basilica of San Francesco there is the tomb of the Saint.
It is the universal center of the message of peace and brotherhood and has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2000.
Other places linked to the life of St. Francis are the Eremo delle Carceri (near Assisi and about 25 km from us), The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli which protects the Porziuncola, the first Franciscan church that houses the chapel of the Transit where St. Francis died.
Perugia (30 km from us)
There is a long list of emotions to bring with you after a visit to Perugia, and there are also many initiatives that contribute to making it famous all over the world: Umbria Jazz, Eurochocolate, the sweet flavors of Perugina chocolates.
Take the convenient escalator and when you get to the top you will begin to understand how Perugia can surprise you with its beauties and its great artistic and cultural heritage, also the result of its troubled history.
The central square, Piazza IV novembre, is certainly one of the most beautiful in Italy where you will find lot to see in such a limited area: the splendid Fontana Maggiore, all to be discovered in its bas-reliefs; the Cathedral of San Lorenzo; the Palazzo dei Priori which houses the National Gallery of Umbria with the masterpieces of Piero della Francesca, Beato Angelico, Pinturicchio, Il Perugino (his tomb is located in Fontignano); the Hall of Notaries; the Collegio del Cambio, ancient seat of the money changers (an important corporation of arts and crafts of Perugia), where Perugino left his artistic testimony; the frescoed chapel of San Giovanni Battista; the College of Merchandise.
You could continue the city tour in searching the Etruscan Arch or Arch of Augustus, the Etruscan Well and Porta Marzia, the Rocca Paolina fortress built by Pope Paul III. Continuing towards the University of Foreigners you will encounter the Ancient Aquieduct. Other important buildings are the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, that of the Old University, Palazzo della Penna.
Nearby: The Brufa Sculpture Park
Spello (20 km from us)
Small and beauty alleys, old stone houses, walls, gates and magnificent views. Spello is worth a visit.
Do not miss the enchanting "infiorata" (painting with flowers for the Corpus Domini celebration). The preparatory work lasts all night until 8 am pending the passage of the Corpus Domini procession starting at 11.
Trevi (20 km from us)
Churches, towers and palaces confirm Trevi's noble status. Located at 412 meters high, it offers a breathtaking spectacle.
Deruta (20 km from us)
Definitely an unmissable stop for lovers of ceramics and its famous throughout the world.
Spoleto (30 km from us)
Spoleto is one of the symbolic cities of international culture. Extraordinarily rich in art from every era and protagonist of prestigious events, such as the Festival dei Due Mondi.
If you want to save a bit of climbing, take the treadmills that will take you comfortably from the parking near the spectacular Piazza del Duomo. And have a nice visit from there!
Terni (60 km from us)
Terni is located in a vast plain at the confluence of the Serra river with the Nera river. The city was part, among the first in Italy, of that industrial revolution which gave it the nickname of "Italian Manchester", thanks to the enormous energy source of the Marmore Falls.
It is necessary to check the days and opening hours, but the walk to the Marmore Falls, the highest in Europe, must necessarily be combined with the visit to Terni.
Orvieto (60 km from us)
You will remember the Orvieto visit! The predominance of tuff used as a construction material and then move on to the Duomo, one of the most majestic achievements of Italian architecture with its imposing Gothic facade, with mosaics and bas-reliefs.
Among the most representative public buildings you will discover Palazzo Comunale (1216-1219), Palazzo del Popolo (13th century), Romanesque-Gothic construction and Palazzo dei Sette (1292). The 13th century Torre del Moro stands out, and the medieval tower of Maurizio with the original clock-statue on top of the building.
The visit to the well of San Patrizio, an engineering masterpiece (1527-1537) by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, to supply the city with water is unusual and unique. 62 meters deep, it is formed by two independent helical staircases that allowed you to go down to the bottom to take water without meeting those who went up. Today it is a museum.
In addition to the well, Pope Clement VII had the well of the Cava built on an Etruscan pre-existence, incorporated in a complex of nine caves rich in Etruscan, medieval and Renaissance finds. Under the city lies the suggestive Underground Orvieto, where an incredible number of artificial cavities have given life to an intricate labyrinth of tunnels, cisterns, wells, quarries and cellars, now partially accessible through a guided tour.