Archive for January, 2011


January 10th, 2011 | Foligno,Perugia Province

Foligno is one of Umbria’s larger cities that lies in the plain of the river Topino making it one of the few Umbrian towns to be built on flat land. In the past, Foligno was at the crossroads of two important commercial roads, the Via Flaminia and the road from Perugia to Assisi. Unfortunately Foligno was hit by an earthquake in 1997 which did quite a bit of damage to the city, though much of it has now been restored. Foligno is one of Umbria’s most important commercial and manufacturing centers so is often overlooked as a tourist destination. Read More


January 9th, 2011 | Narni,Terni Province

This small town in southern Umbria can truly be called the heart of Italy as it is the closest town to the geographic center of Italy. Originally called Nequinium, the town was renamed Narnia after the nearby river when it was occupied by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Although this town is not considered a tourist destination, it does have a number of interesting attractions, particularly the town’s underground tour. Read More


January 9th, 2011 | Montefalco,Perugia Province

Often nicknamed the balcony of Umbria, Montefalco is famous for its Sagrantino wine and its position high in the hills which allows one views over to Perugia, Assisi and even Spoleto. Although Montefalco today still retains some elements of its Roman origin, the atmosphere of this charming small wine town is very medieval. Although primarily known today for its textiles and wine, this tiny town also produced six saints over the centuries which is reflected in its impressive frescoed churches. Read More


January 8th, 2011 | Perugia Province,Trevi

Trevi is a small picturesque town perched high on a hillside surrounded by olives trees as far as one can see. Most of the town is densely built in a spiral fashion around the hill with many buildings predating the 18th century. From town one can see one of the best views in Umbria, over 50 km to the west and on clear days as far away as Perugia to the north and even Monte Amiata in southern Tuscany. Trevi is well known across Italy for the high quality of its olive oil and holds a wonderful festival every fall in celebration of the olive oil harvest. Read More

Passignano sul Trasimeno

January 8th, 2011 | Passignano,Perugia Province

Passignano is the busiest resort town situated around Lago di Trasimeno. More than a thousand years of art and architecture can be found in this lakeside holiday resort which also offers all kinds of water-sports, tennis, horse-riding, and trekking. The town sits high on its own promontory midway between Cortona and Perugia. Read More