Monastery in Umbria

The Umbrian landscape in autumn is like a palette of yellow, green, orange, gold and red. The last few days were cloudy and rainy too. But when the sun breaks through, it feels like spring! The chestnut season has begun and we drink young red wine. It is definitely autumn in Umbria.

Yesterday we visited some villas and apartments in the South-West of Umbria. We went to various locations. “Il Convento” or “Residence San Francesco” is a monastery in Lugnano in Teverina, South Umbria. This is a Franciscan monastery from the 12th Century. In the cells where the monks once slept, now there are tiny apartments of several owners and some can be rented for holiday.

The cloister of the monastery has an old well in the centre and fresco’s depicting the life of Saint Francis. The story goes that Saint Francis saved a child at this location. It was taken away by a wolf and Saint Francis convinced a goose to save the child. Inside the church you can admire a wonderful fresco about that miracle.

The monastery is an excellent location for couples who want to enjoy a relaxing and quiet holiday in the Umbrian country side. It is an interesting place, full of history and at an hour from Rome.

Around lunch time we went to restaurant Il Roscio in Attigliano for a good pasta. From the outside you wouldn’t go in. The restaurant is along the road, opposite of the exit for the A1, first floor of an ugly building, but we were recommended to go here and indeed the food is excellent. A very good choice for a quick typically Umbrian lunch on the road!

At the end of the day we visited a villa with swimming pool nearby Orvieto, the Etruscan city with its magnificent cathedral :


– Post by Saskia van der Bolt –

3 responses to “Monastery in Umbria”

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    You awaken wonderful memories of my visit to Italy in 2002. Sigh. I’m now following so I can walk with you as you ramble the countryside.

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