Umbria has been for centuries a witness of the transit of proud populations of warriors, knights, artists and saints. The echoes of its glorious past are clearly present within the historic walls of towns such as Todi, Gubbio, Nami, Amelia, Assisi, Perugia (established by local valorous people). or Orvieto (a noble Etruscan city-state), or all along the ancient Roman via Flaminia. Nevertheless, the Middle Ages are the unique protagonist of the landscape of Umbria, with its fortified towns, its castles and abbeys.
Umbria is a “green region”, it boasts a lot of protected areas (Tiber River Park, the Park of Lake Trasimeno, Monti Sibillini National Park, Monte Cucco Park, Monte Subasio Park)and three Unesco sites. Assisi, the Basilica di San Francesco and the other Franciscan sites (2000) represent the cutting-edge of the Italian artistic genius surrounded by an extraordinary natural scenery which is able to recall a strong spirituality. The basilica of San Salvatore in Spoleto (PG) and the Temple of Clitumnus in Campello (PG), are two excellent examples of the Longobardic art, within the circuit “Longobards in Italy: places of the power”.
And once again, nature has contributed to create a wonderful atmosphere.
In an area which is well-known thanks to its extra-virgin olive oil (Campello sul Clitunno and Spoleto are members of Associazione Nazionale Città dell’Olio, the national association gathering all the cities producing olive oil),it is possible to find out places of high historical and landscape interest such as the Sacred Wood of Monteluco or the marvelous Clitunno Springs.
Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria – Perugia “S. Francesco d’Assisi” (www.airport.umbria.it). A1 Motorway,
European routes: E4S and E78.
Florence-Rome Express Rail link; Florence-Rome Railway line;
Foligno-Terontola Railway line; Rome-Ancona Railway line.
Visit of Perugia and its historical center.
Guided tour of Assisi. You will discover St. Francis’s places by visiting the S. Rufino Cathedral (XII century), Patron Saint of the town, and the Basilica Santa Chiara (XIII century) which is located where the ancient San Giorgio chapel was, the place where Francis was first buried. You will then visit the Chiesa Nuova, which was built in 1615 where St. Francis’s family home was and the Basilica San Francesco. The church was built where St. Francis’s grave is and is the center of Franciscan spirituality, it is an architectural masterpiece, proof of the best part of the Italian medieval architecture. Your guided tour will end by visiting Porziuncola at Santa Maria degli Angeli and the ancient little chuech of San Damiano.
Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. This tour starts in Spoleto, where you will visit the San Salvatore cathedral. You will reach the Rocca Albornoziana by escalator and visit the National Museum of the Dukedom of Spoleto. After that, you will walk through the historic city center and reach the famous Piazza Duomo. In the afternoon you will visit Campello sul Clitunno and the Clitunno sources and visit the water garden, sung by the ancient poets. Through the ancient via Flaminia then pursuance to the Tempietto.