Surroundings

Assisi

Assisi
World Heritage Site, the Basilica of San Francesco at Assisi is famous throughout the world for the splendor of its architecture and for the works of art found, first of all Giotto's impressive frescoes in the Upper Church and those from Simone Martini in the Lower Church.
It is not certainly the only treasure of the city linked to the Franciscan Order, the most famous ones are: the Hermitage Cells (Eremo delle Carceri), surrounded by a forest that is truly an oasis of peace, and the Santuario della Porziuncola in the Church of Saint Mary of Angels (Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli).
In addition to the many churches in Assisi is also a Roman temple dating to the first century BC, known as the Temple of Minerva, located in the Town Square. Heart of the city's social and political life, this square hosts several monuments including the Captain's Palace (Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo) and the Priors' Palace (Palazzo dei Priori).
 
 

Perugia

Perugia
Of its ancient past Perugia preserves splendid treasures within the Etruscan walls. First of all, the monumental Grand Square (called also Piazza IV Novembre), which is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, facing the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, home of the National Gallery of Umbria, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and in the center stands the thirteenth century Great Fountain (Fontana Maggiore).
One of the beautiful things one soon realises in Perugia is its scenic lookout, built over the foundations of the Rocca Paolina, and the Nobile Collegio del Cambio (home of Perugia's money changers), which is located on Corso Vannucci, hosts a series of frescoes by Perugino, Raphael's teacher.
In more recent times to make the city famous in the world was, besides the beauty of its monuments, the goodness of its chocolate. Here, in fact, takes place every September the Eurochocolate, a must for all gourmets, another event of Perugia to remember is the Umbria Jazz Festival, an International Jazz event usually held in the month of July.
 
 

Gubbio

Gubbio
A place one must see in Gubbio is the Grand Square, also known as Piazza Pensile: the terrace overlooking the beautiful Umbrian countryside and is enclosed by the Praetorian Palace and the Consoli's Palace, which houses the Tables of Gubbio from the third century BC. Continuing to explore this village is worth visiting the Cathedral and the Ducal Palace, built in the fifteenth century by order of Federico da Montefeltro.
And for those not suffering from vertigo, another advice is to see Saint Ubaldo Church, a step beyond the usual tourist routes. Being perched on the Igino Mountain, the church can only be reached by the cable car. Here you can see the traditional structures used for the Feast of Candles (Corsa dei Ceri), a historic event which is held in honor of the patron saint every 15 May.
Strolling through the medieval streets, it is hard not to stop in one of the many craft shops, attracted by the colors and scents of the typical products of Umbria: ceramics, pottery and the white truffle of Gubbio, just to name a few.
 
 

Cortona

Cortona
"From a high Tuscan hill, fifty miles from Florence between Arezzo and Perugia, rises ... the noble city of Cortona", as a writer in the 17th century remembers the location of this quaint village which, overlooking the Chiana Valley with its 500 meters high, allows you to see in the distance the Monte Amiata.
Settlement of Etruscan origin, Cortona keeps its origins on several findings, partly preserved in the medieval Town Hall, the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. The archaeological visit can continue outside the city walls, in fact, just a few kilometers from the city you can visit two Etruscan tombs dating back to the sixth century BC.
Of a past so ancient traces remain even in the main event of this Tuscan city: CortonAntiquaria, a renowned antiques national exhibition, which is organized between late August and early September in Vignotti Palace and Casali Palace.
 
 

Orvieto

Orvieto
The Cathedral of Orvieto alone is worth the visit to this city, and for the beautiful marble facade, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture decorated with mosaics and sculptures, for the Chapel of San Brizio, containing a magnificent series of frescoes by Luca Signorelli.
Be careful not to miss the hidden beauty of this town as many things should be seen in Orvieto, in fact it lead to the discovery of an underground world, made of caves and tanks.
A special visit deserves the famous St. Patrick's Well, over 50 meters deep and consists of two spiral ramps in one way, a magnificent work of hydraulic engineering Renaissance.