Spello Infiorate, flower procession

Spello Infiorate, flower procession

History of Spello Spello was founded by the Umbrians and later named Hispellum in Roman times. It was declared ‘Splendidissima Colonia Julia’ by Caesar. The remains of the city walls, which were much wider in the past, attest to the greatness that the city had, as do the archaeological remains that surround it. The small town boasts the best-preserved city walls of Roman origin in […]

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Alberto Burri in Città di Castello

Alberto Burri in Città di Castello

Città di Castello is a lovely little town in the North of Umbria. We visited this town on several occasions. It has a pleasant city centre, with some good restaurants and markets. On the third Sunday of the month, for instance, there is a flea and antique market in Piazza Matteotti. This time we visited an unexpected corner of the town: the former tobacco drying […]

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Città della Pieve in Umbria

Città della Pieve in Umbria

On the border that separates Umbria and Tuscany, about fifty kilometres from Perugia, rises Città della Pieve in Umbria, a hilltop town of renaissance art and genuine flavours. With its ancient history and medieval conformation the town is known for its harmonious landscapes, its picturesque alleys and genuine tastes. Walking through Città della Pieve in Umbria There are two walking routes set out in Città […]

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The knights templar in Umbria

The knights templar in Umbria

In Perugia, just below the historical center, there’s the Church of San Bevignate, the most important testimony of the presence of the Knights Templar in Umbria. The Knights Templar, commonly known as “the Templars”, were one of the first and most famous Christian chivalrous orders of the Middle Ages. The development of the Templar seat in Perugia started in the 13th Century, after the aggression […]

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Christmas traditions in Umbria

Christmas traditions in Umbria

As every year and everywhere in the world also in Umbria the preparations for Christmas are on their way. There are many Christmas initiatives, markets, nativity scenes inside and outside. In Gubbio the largest Christmas tree in the world has been lit again. Many Christmas traditions in Umbria are centred around the families gathering together at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas traditions at home […]

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Visit the archeological park Carsulae

Visit the archeological park Carsulae

Carsulae The Roman city Carsulae was founded along the Via Flaminia in the time of the Roman Emperors. The construction of the Via Flaminia took place around 220 B.c. and one thinks that Carsulae’s growth took place in that period as well. Carsulae had a privileged and strategic position along the Via Flamina connecting Rome and Rimini. Suddenly Carsulae was abandoned and nobody knows the reason […]

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Abbey of San Salvatore di Montecorona

Abbey of San Salvatore di Montecorona

In Italy, many abbeys and churches are built in breathtaking places and often are centuries old. On the website “i luoghi del silenzio” many of these abbeys have been collected. So is the abbey of San Salvatore di Montecorona, near Umbertide. Here you immediately understand why it is called a place of silence. The area is well maintained in a green valley with cultivated fields […]

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Hidden history of Umbria

Hidden history of Umbria

We have often written about Todi with its medieval past. Not far from this bustling town are small villages that adorn the green hills. Here you will find the hidden history of Umbria, with ancient castles, ruins and excavations. Such a village is Grutti which belongs to the neighbouring municipality of Gualdo Cattaneo. Giovanni and Paola from the private villa Todi House told us about […]

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Narni

Narni

Narni, in Latin language Narnia, is a town close to Terni in the south of Umbria. It is the geographic center of Italy, located high on a mountain overlooking the valley where Terni is situated. There are lots of forests surrounding the town and the name immediately recalls the famous book by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. According to the biography of C.S. Lewis […]

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Visit the Rocca Maggiore in Assisi

Visit the Rocca Maggiore in Assisi

The Rocca Maggiore is a fortress that stands on a hill above the town Assisi. The castle can be reached from the Piazza del Comune where signs lead you up to the top of the hill. It is quite a climb, however the views make it worthwhile. At the top of this suggestive city the views over Assisi and the surrounding Umbrian landscape are amazing.  […]

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