Here is what to see in Foligno, one of the most fascinating towns in Umbria. We will guide you to discover squares, monuments, events and natural oases. We will also recommend the genuine gastronomic specialities not to be missed. We are in the heart of verdant Umbria, in the province of Perugia, in one of the most evocative villages for its rich artistic, historical and cultural heritage. Not to mention the food and wine specialities... Foligno breathes in the quietness of the countryside, preserving traces of a fascinating past. Its historical centre, the old town, is surrounded by medieval walls lapped by the Topino river, beyond which you can discover the ancient heart of the town with its beautiful squares and most important monuments. It was here that the Umbrians first settled, in the 10th century B.C., then the Romans and, after them, the Barbarians. Disputed between the Church and the Papacy, a battleground between the Guelphs and Ghibellines in the late Middle Ages, Foligno was already seen as 'lu centru de lu munnu' in those days. Yes, you got it right, according to legend and the local culture that took shape from it, we are right in the centre of the world. Foligno is thus known for its central position in our peninsula, once considered the centre of Europe and the Mediterranean. Whether or not it is the navel of the world, there is no doubt that the small medieval town is at the centre of its Umbria. 🧳 Does Umbria fascinate you? Discover it with Italia Delight! And we will now talk about what to see in Foligno, starting from its characteristic old town! 👇 Visiting Foligno in a day The Foligno to see is all gathered in its historic
Here is what to see in Foligno, one of the most fascinating towns in Umbria. We will guide you to discover squares, monuments, events and
Let’s discover Assisi and its immense heritage! At the foot of Mount Subasio, contemplation is at home within the walls of Assisi. This beautiful medieval town is known for being the birthplace of Italy's two patron saints, St Francis and St Clare. It is evident how the influence of the Franciscan order has shaped the architecture and life of the village, which already had ancient origins at the time when the Romans worshipped their pagan gods. Visiting Assisi often means making a pilgrimage driven by the need for forgiveness. Yet, this aspect does not exclude admiration for the beauty of art and what it wants to express. Giotto knew this and it was in Assisi that he began his career, putting his name alongside those of Cimabue, Simone Martini or Pietro Lorenzetti. The frescoes and the immense work of these artists have made the Basilica of St Francis and Assisi a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Assisi has been the setting for both recent and distant films, such as the set of Pier Paolo Pasolini, who directed Totò in the film “Uccellacci e uccellini” in 1966. More recent filming turns to the skill of Pupi Avati, with Sergio Castellitto playing Boccaccio in the film “Dante”. There is art, therefore, but also food and wine, high quality craftsmanship and a vast territory with charming villages you could fall in love with, such as Perugia, Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Deruta and Rasiglia. Precisely for this reason, the itinerary that you will read below will take you to discover the best things to see in Assisi in one day, and then discover what to do and what events not to miss. But first I'll tell you how to get there... 🧳 Does Umbria fascinate you? Check out all the food & wine experiences!
Let’s discover Assisi and its immense heritage! At the foot of Mount Subasio, contemplation is at home within the walls of Assisi. This beautiful
Let's discover together what to see and do in Gubbio, Umbria's most evocative medieval town. Ancient soul and pure beauty, here is what to visit in Gubbio for a journey through time! We find ourselves in the heart of Italy, among the most welcoming hills of Umbria, where tranquillity inspires the soul. Here, even before the Roman domination, stood the Etruscan centre Ikuvium, whose citizens, according to Pliny, were among the first Italians. Today, like a precious jewel, the limestone architecture of Gubbio adorns the slopes of Mount Igino, giving it the epithet “the grey city”. But is Gubbio really a city without colour? To find out, all you have to do is attend the Corsa dei Ceri on 15 May to admire the colours of its most traditional medieval festival! It is a city of devotion and saints, shrouded in the mysticism of the miraculous encounter between St Francis of Assisi and the wolf, which took place near the church of the “Vittorina”. Because of its particular setting, it was the set of famous films such as Zeffirelli's “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”, or the more recent Don Matteo series. Visiting its churches, getting to know the stories of Gubbio inhabitants, wandering through the alleys embellished over time by the artistic skills of first the Montefeltro and then the Della Rovere families: exploring Gubbio is this and more! It is an open-air art show. “Everyone here lives in art, consciously or unconsciously”, quoting Guido Piovene, fascinated by the magnificence of this place. Even the supreme poet Dante dedicated some verses of the Divine Comedy to the miniaturist Oderisi da Gubbio, a native of the place. Table of Contents What to visit in Gubbio in one day 10 things to see in Gubbio What to do in
Let’s discover together what to see and do in Gubbio, Umbria’s most evocative medieval town. Ancient soul and pure beauty, here is what to visit
Are you in Umbria and wondering where to start your tour? I'm here to help you! Follow me and I'll take you to discover what to see and do in Bevagna... You'll be thrilled! Bevagna is a charming village in the Umbrian Valley. It is located in the province of Perugia, a few kilometres from Foligno and is listed among the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its origins are ancient: Mevania, the ancient name for Bevagna, was an important Etruscan and then Roman commercial settlement, favoured by the presence of the Via Flaminia (which passed through the town) and numerous rivers. In fact, the waters of several rivers such as the Clitunno and the Teverone flow into Bevagna. Today, Bevagna looks like a medieval town with imposing walls, narrow streets and alleys, noble palaces, shops, churches and wonderful monuments. Throughout the town you can breathe in the air of this distant era: you will see pointed arches, small windows, cornices, terracotta friezes and many other elements that will take you back to the past. The wonderful town of Bevagna is ideal for a relaxing day trip or even a whole weekend or for a holiday discovering Umbria! It is strategically located halfway between Spoleto and Perugia and very close to other enchanting villages, such as Montefalco, Spello, Rasiglia, Foligno, Assisi and many others that I will tell you about in a moment. Set off and discover the heart of Umbria with Italia Delight Bevagna is a destination that can be visited all year round, but I particularly recommend visiting it in spring/summer or even in autumn, when you will have the opportunity to participate in the grape harvest... An experience not to be missed! I don't know if you are aware of this, but Bevagna is one
Are you in Umbria and wondering where to start your tour? I’m here to help you! Follow me and I’ll take you to discover what
Do you want to visit this wonderful lake, but don't know which things are worth your attention? Follow me and I will help you understand what to see at Lake Trasimeno! Between the green hills of Umbria and the lush valleys of Tuscany lies the wonderful Lake Trasimeno. It is a little-known pleasant place, set in the green and populated by exceptional flora and fauna, making it the ideal place for excursions and cultural visits. This is a lake of tectonic origin in the province of Perugia in Umbria, bordering the Val di Chiana and very close to the Val d'Orcia (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site), both in Tuscany. It has got a surface area of about 128 km² and is in fact the largest lake in central Italy! The same cannot be said of its depth, which is scarce, suffice it to say that the deepest point barely reaches six metres. The area around the lake has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It was also part of Etruscan territory and during the period of Roman rule was the scene of the Battle of Lake Trasimene, where General Hannibal Barca defeated Roman legionaries in 217 BC. The name of the lake has uncertain origins. There are three hypotheses, one of which is based on a legendary love story. The protagonists are Agilla, a nymph of the lake, and Trasimeno, a prince son of the Etruscan king Tirreno. Discover Umbria with Italia Delight's food experiences and trips The Trasimeno legend Legend has it that the young nymph with her singing attracted the prince to the centre of the lake and here the two fell in love and shortly afterwards married. But their happiness was short-lived, for while Trasimeno was bathing in the lake, watched by Agilla from
Do you want to visit this wonderful lake, but don’t know which things are worth your attention? Follow me and I will help you understand
Spello is a magical village: an incredible jewel whose history is known only to a few. In this guide, I will tell you what to see in this amazing town, follow me in reading! Spello has recently been named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and not by chance! Located in the province of Perugia, in Umbria, the history of this small town will make you fall in love with its attractions and incredible traditions. Visiting the village during the Corpus Domini procession is a must in order to appreciate its beautiful alleys filled with expanses of petals that form true artistic masterpieces. The Spello Flower Festival is an ancient and famous tradition, which involves many inhabitants, engaged from the collection of flowers to the realisation of these works. And since it is located at the foot of Mount Subasio, you have a great opportunity to go on a fantastic excursion, but also to pick hundreds of flowers of the brightest and most varied colours. I'll tell you more: this town has an ancient history dating back to Roman times and is embellished by the presence of a city wall built by order of Augustus. This wall was probably built for aesthetic reasons, which explains its incredible beauty. And it has to be said that it is in a perfect state of preservation! The things to see in Spello, or Hispellum as it was called by the ancient Romans, are spectacular! So you have no excuse to postpone your day trip or your romantic weekend near Perugia! I'm going to tell you what to see in the historic centre in just a few hours, hold on tight! Want to visit this amazing town? Discover all the food & wine experiences! What to do
Spello is a magical village: an incredible jewel whose history is known only to a few. In this guide, I will tell you what to
In this guide, I will introduce you to the most important tourist attractions in the city of St Francis and also describe what to visit in the surroundings of Assisi! Assisi is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, known and appreciated all over the world. Its location is reminiscent of a typical medieval village, perched on a hill overlooking the valley. There are many breathtaking views and panoramas, all unforgettable. The town has much to offer from a historical, cultural, artistic and religious point of view, having been the birthplace of St. Francis. Walking through its streets, you will have the opportunity to admire the monuments, breathe in the typical atmosphere of the place and above all try the local food and wine, a great excellence! However, the surroundings of Assisi Italy are also worth a visit. There are charming villages such as Spello and Bevagna, or places like the Mount Subasio Park and the Clitunno Springs, perfect for nature lovers. There are also beautiful monuments and wonderful typical dishes that will make you fall in love with these lands. To learn more, don't waste time and keep reading! 😉 Visiting Assisi Italy: discover the Umbrian town! What to see in Assisi? In the following paragraphs, I will take you on a discovery of the city of Saint Francis, showing you its most important monuments and dealing with the artistic, cultural, religious and gastronomic aspects. In Assisi things to do are so much, but visiting Assisi also means exploring the amazing Umbrian territory in the nearby. So we will focus on some of the most significant tourist attractions near Assisi, such as enchanting villages or wonderful natural areas. Whether it is a two-day tour or a romantic weekend, continue reading and you will have a clear
In this guide, I will introduce you to the most important tourist attractions in the city of St Francis and also describe what to visit
Which Umbrian towns are worth visiting? With this guide, I will take you to discover the best towns in Umbria, real pearls of Central Italy! Umbria, located in the heart of Central Italy, is a region that is well known above all for its landscapes and uncontaminated nature. Thanks to its position, in fact, it has a variegated territory with mountains, hills and lakes that make it one of the most popular destinations for travellers. In addition to the natural aspect, the region is rich in history, traditions, food and wine, which are reflected in the fantastic Umbrian towns of Etruscan and medieval origin. If you're looking for fantastic holidays among history, art and nature, this region is for you! Enjoy the most beautiful cities in Umbria with a trip lasting several days or even just a trip out of town or a weekend. Table of Contents Discover the best towns in Umbria What to do in the Umbrian towns Food, wine & events Visit Umbria: a walk in Central Italy Don't know which Umbrian towns are worth visiting? You must know that this region is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and fantastic Umbrian hill towns surrounded by greenery, that you should visit at least once in your life! Did you know that 28 towns in Umbria are included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy? Here is a selection of the most beautiful villages to visit. 🧳 Does Umbria fascinate you? Look at all food & wine experiences! The best towns in Umbria: charming Umbrian towns in contact with nature [ back to menu ] I will now present you with a selection of villages, each with its own Umbria tourist attractions and curiosities, in the hope
Which Umbrian towns are worth visiting? With this guide, I will take you to discover the best towns in Umbria, real pearls of Central Italy!
What to see in Norcia? If you are passionate about art, history, food & nature, this town is for you! Today we will visit the land of St Benedict of Nursia Italy, a small minicipality in the heart of Umbria. We have entered spring, the days are getting longer and the sun is warming the cities. With such pleasant weather, there is nothing better than a nice trip to take in the beauty of the Belpaese. In the province of Perugia, Norcia is part of the Monti Sibillini National Park. In fact, the town is located at the meeting point of two amazing landscapes, the Valnerina and the Sibillini Mountains. Boasting an important historical and artistic heritage, Norcia is one of the most important art cities in Umbria. Rich in archaeological evidence, the latter identifies the first human settlements as far back as the Neolithic period. It was founded by the Sabines and became an important strategic centre. Its ancient name is curious: Nursia derives from the divinity propitiator of fortune, worshipped by the Etruscans. The term was mentioned by many famous historians such as Virgil, Plutarch and Livy; it later changed into Norcia, its current name. The birthplace of St Benedict is characterised by a wide food and wine culture. Also known as "the city of the black truffle" and "the city of the master pork butchers", it is rich in scents and flavours, with the most succulent delicacies. Norcia also offers an enchanting landscape, especially during the lentil blossom period. In summer, the Castelluccio plateau is transformed into a wonderful carpet of colours. Visiting Norcia gives you the opportunity to admire this spectacle from the front row, thanks to a holiday dedicated to relaxation and to the discovery of new places, cultures and flavours.
What to see in Norcia? If you are passionate about art, history, food & nature, this town is for you! Today we will visit the
In Umbria wine has got a long and glorious tradition! Here is a short guide to know everything about the most famous wines of Umbria, their ancient history and food pairings In Umbria wine and viticulture have relatively recently taken on an approach oriented towards quality, but the production of Umbrian wines date back, even before the famous Greek influences, to the Etruscans and the Romans. The wines of Umbria were conceived differently from what we know today: their production was aimed at quantity, rather than quality. The vine training system, which once characterised the area and also much of central Italy, was the "vite maritata" (in English, married grapevine. It consists in “marrying” a grapevine - the bride - to a living tree - the groom - that supports the vine's growth). A cultivation that has allowed Umbrian grapevines to survive well over time and to resist the attack of phylloxera, but brought negative results on the quality of traditional Umbrian wines. Orvieto was an exception: the close relations of this city (called Velz-na or Volsinii) with Greece led to the spread in the countryside of a different vine training system, the sapling, much more similar to that used in the Hellenic territory. Umbrian wine from these areas is still very popular today. In the nineteenth century, some innovators tried to improve the Umbria wine industry, especially in the area around Montefalco, where the famous Sagrantino di Montefalco was created. But only in the second half of the 1900s did a specialised crop begin to develop and quickly changed the history of Umbrian wine. Are you planning a trip to Umbria? Discover all Italia Delight experiences! Umbria wine region: some data This wine region is around 13,000 hectares, of which 70% is hilly and the
In Umbria wine has got a long and glorious tradition! Here is a short guide to know everything about the most famous wines of Umbria,