REACHABLE IN 15 MINUTES Perugia – Gubbio – Montone – Città di Castello
Perugia overlooks the Tiber Valley from the top of an irregular hill. The configuration of its land caused a great variety of urban planning solutions, giving the town a peculiar and unique aspect. The rich artistic and cultural heritage and the surrounding natural environment make of Perugia an unrivaled, historically fundamental town. In the old town center stands the Priori Palace that dates back to the 13th century and houses the National Gallery of Umbria, the main collection of works of art connected with the regional history. You can also take the escalator through the Rocca Paolina, the mysterious underground fortress by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Many other palaces, museums and public buildings bear witness to Perugia's millenarian artistic vitality.
Gubbio is one of the most characteristic and picturesque towns of Umbria and Italy, thanks to its intact medieval aspect. It lies on the top of a plateau at the feet of Ingino mountain and its simple urban structure is made up of 5 main parallel roads connected by alleys and staircases. Gubbio is the most beautiful example of medieval town, so rich in history and archeology. Gubbio was settled by the pre-roman Italic tribe knowns as Umbri. The Tavole Eugubine – or Iguvine Tables – discovered in 1444, represent one of the most important interpretations of the Umbrian civilization and language. They are housed in the Palazzo dei Consoli – Consuls Palace – built in the 14th century and one of the most famous medieval public buildings.
Montone lies among the green Umbrian hills in the area known as Alta Valle del Tevere – Higher Tiber Valley – or Museum Valley for its extraordinary beauty and its artistic heritage.
This old hamlet is surrounded by a luxuriant landscape and is rich in history, works of art and centenary traditions. Montone lies on the top of a hill between the Alta Valle del Tevere and the narrower curvy valley of Carpina and represents the ideal medieval hamlet perfectly intact and unchanged. It is still surrounded by strong walls and gates all around while the bell towers stand out to lighten its compact aspect. Inside the walls the overlapping architecture and the narrow uphill staircases create unforgettable pictures. Montone belongs to the exclusive group of “100 Borghi più belli d'Italia”, the best 100 Italian hamlets.
Città di Castello lies among the green hills of the Tiber Valley on a high ground and is the main town of this area. Its past lives in its ancient striking monuments, its historic, religious and artistic heritage dating back to a lively Renaissance time. Many events beckon thousands of visitors every year: folklore, music, sport, craft and farming fairs, local festivals periodically liven up this interesting Umbrian reality.
REACHABLE IN 30 MINUTES Bettona – Torgiano – Assisi – Todi – Gualdo Tadino
Bettona is a “natural terrace” dominating the Umbrian Valley, where Chiascio and Topino rivers flow. From here you can admire Assisi, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Spello, Perugia, Torgiano, Cannara. Bettona has ancient Etruscan origins and was founded between the 8th and the 7th century B.C.. Nowadays the hamlet is still surrounded by the Etruscan walls that protect a precious and valuable artistic patrimony.
Torgiano lies on the hills next to the point where river Chiascio flows into Tiber, and this is probably also the origin of its name: Turris amnium, tha land of rivers. The medieval hamlet still preserves parts of the ancient walls and a beautiful fortified tower, symbol of the town through the centuries.
Assisi is a wonderful town at the feet of Subasio mountain. Here nature calls upon meditation and spirituality, history gives witness of Italian and European cultural roots and the great works of art are known all over the world. There is also an archeological Assisi to discover with its umbro-roman epigraphical documents. There are so many monuments, churches and buildings to visit in Assisi area.
Todi From its position the town dominates the valley of the Parco Fluviale del Tevere, the Tiber regional park. Todi is surrounded by Etruscan an Roman walls and the heart of the town is Piazza del Popolo with its public medieval palaces, the picture gallery, the archeological museum and the public library.
Gualdo Tadino is a Comune in Perugia province with 15.049 inhabitants. Gualdo Tadino is rich in history and famous for its ceramics, craft and its mineral water Rocchetta. The town in in the northern part of Umbria, near Marche region and near Gubbio.
REACHABLE IN 30/40 MINUTES Bevagna – Spello – Spoleto – Trasimeno Lake...
Bevagna has been settled by Romans in the western part of Foligno valley, at the feet of Montefalco mountains by the bight of river Timia. You cannot miss the main square, Piazza Silvestri, with its two churches, St. Silvestro (dated 1195) and st. Michele Arcangelo, its Gothic Consuls Palace mysteriously oblique to the main road and the choreographic fountain rebuilt in the 19th century.
Spello lies on the eastern side of Subasio mountain. For the Romans it was Colonia Iulia Hispellum, while towards the end of the 14th century it is under the control of Baglioni family from Perugia. Nowadays it is surrounded by roman and medieval walls while churches and palaces house historical and artistic treasures.
Spoleto is situated in the southern part of Umbrian Valley, by Tessino river and the feet of Monteluco mountain. This “splendid and austere” town is one of the most visited town of Umbria thanks to its millennial history and to the prosperity and variety of its architecture and landscape.
Passignano sul Trasimeno In this town by the northern shore of Trasimeno lake at least two special events take place every year: the Palio delle Barche – Boats Race – at the end of July, and Trasimeno Blues, a music festival.
Montefalco is also known as “the balustrade of Umbria” for its position dominating the valley from Perugia to Spoleto. St. Francis church houses a museum with frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli. This town is renowned for the production of “Sagrantino di Montefalco”, an excellent red wine.
Trevi is a characteristic medieval hamlet with a ring structure surrounded by walls on the top of a hill between Foligno and Spoleto. It is “the town of olive oil”, for the production of an excellent extra-virgin oil that seasons the specialties of the local cooking tradition.
Norcia is in Umbria at the feet of Sibillini mountains, renowned for its culinary tradition and its norcini (the local butchers), and for being the home town of St. Benedict. Among the main events there is Norcia black truffle market fair.
Nocera Umbra lies at the center of a mountain area that is rich in water sources, this is why there are spas and firms producing mineral therapeutic waters. Among the main events La Festa delle Acque – the water festival – and the Cavalcata di Satriano – a procession dedicated to St. Francis.
Castiglione del Lago is the main town of the Trasimeno area and lies by its northern shore on a limestone promontory which in the past was the fourth island of the lake. From here you can reach Maggiore or Polvese Islands by ferry.
ACTIVITIES AND OTHER DESTINATIONS
There is a horse riding center at 8 km from our Agritourism Farm offering special rates to our guests for excursions or riding lessons for beginners (Valle di Carpina 0759306346 Montone, 0759460283 Pietralunga).
The Antognolla Golf Course is at 8 km and has an international 18-hole course and a driving range.
If you like game fishing you can go to I Laghi di Faldo in Umbertide, where also international competitions take place.
OTHER DESTINATIONS REACHABLE IN 40 MINUTES
These caves are a must see at only 40 minutes from our farm. It is one of the greatest and most fascinating underground trail of the world, in Genga (Ancona) in the heart of Parco Naturale della Gola Rossa e di Frasassi.
Next to Terni, Marmore Falls and Piediluco lake will enchant you with their beauty and the 165 mt jump of water into Nera river.