The only Etruscan settlement on the eastern bank of the Tiber, it is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy with a splendid view that spans Perugia, Assisi and Spello. Its historic center is entirely surrounded by imposing walls, which rest in part on the original Etruscan walls. The Middle Ages, in Bettona, speak everywhere: the Church of S. Crispolto, the Oratory of S. Andrea, the Collegiate Church of S. Maria Maggiore, are the oldest and most important monuments.
One of the typical characteristics of Assisi is certainly its close link with the church, nurtured and born around the figure of St. Francis, patron saint of Italy, and Santa Chiara, who lived and died in this city. It should therefore come as no surprise that the churches dedicated to them, the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi and the Basilica of Santa Chiara, are considered something more than just places of worship or art: they are in fact intimate and sacred places to breathe. the most sublime religious spirit and nature. Events: 'IL CALENDIMAGGIO' (08-11 / 05/19) is the party that involves Assisi every year in the first week of May. The event brings back to life traditions and past customs: everything is centered on the courteous challenge between the inhabitants of the upper and lower areas, through the performance of recited medieval scenes, processions in costumes and musical performances.
Spello, lying on a spur of Mount Subasio, among the cities of the area is the one that surely includes the greatest number of testimonies of Roman times: from the walls to the splendid doors of the Augustan era. Medieval palaces, churches and winding streets contribute to making this beautiful town one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
The rich artistic and cultural heritage together with the surrounding natural environment make Perugia a unique and primary city, and this since the dawn of its history. Today's Perugia is a modern and cosmopolitan city, known throughout the world for its artistic heritage, its cultural events and the University for Foreigners, present in the city since 1200. Events: Among the main events 'UMBRIA JAZZ' (12-21 / 07/19), the most important jazz music festival in Italy and one of the best known in the world, every year in July since 1973. In October takes place 'EUROCHOCOLATE'(18-27 / 10/19), a great event that celebrates chocolate, with events, exhibitions, tastings, which attracts a city from all over Italy to the acropolis. Finally, from 1 to 5 November, the historic 'FIERA DEI MORTI', existing since 1260, is a traditional appointment and gathering moment for the city and its inhabitants, but not only for them, so that in recent years the number of visitors has exceeded 150,000 unit.
Entering Bevagna means going back in time. Yes, because the Umbrian town retains its medieval charm intact thanks to its inhabitants who keep the centuries-old traditions alive through truly evocative historical re-enactments. Events: The 'MARKET OF GAITE' (20-30 / 06/19), medieval historical re-enactment whose purpose is to reconstruct the daily life of the inhabitants of Bevagna between 1250 and 1350 with the greatest historical relevance. For ten days, then, at the end of June, Bevagna takes a dip in this remote past: the ancient shops of medieval crafts reopen their doors and resume activities and the streets are populated with bevanati that live in everyday life of their ancestors eating vintage clothes , working, playing just like them.
The enchanting geographical position in which it is found has given it the name of 'Umbria Railing'. From its viewpoints you will discover a part of Umbria and you can admire all around the centers of Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Trevi, Spoleto, Gualdo Cattaneo, Bevagna; but what is most striking is the hills covered with olive groves and vineyards! The splendid medieval walls, interposed by imposing doors, frame a small and enchanting village. Events: 'LA FUGA DEL BOVE' (08/19/19), a tradition of Montefalco that is repeated every year and turns the Piazza into an open-air theater with the Quattro Quartieri show!
Lying at the foot of Mount Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most ancient cities of Umbria, wonderfully preserved over the centuries and rich in monuments that bear witness to its glorious past. In the blacksmith shops, scattered around the town, incandescent materials are still hand-worked by beating them on the anvil. Events: The most important event in the city is the 'CORSA DEI CERI' which is considered the oldest Italian folkloric event and which returns on time every May 15th. It is such an event that the three Ceri di Gubbio have been chosen as the logo of the Umbria region since its foundation.
Orvieto, one of the oldest cities in Italy, owes its origins to the Etruscan civilization. The symbol of the city is the splendid Duomo, a colorful example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, rich in works of art. Very suggestive is then the Underground City, which was entirely derived from the cavities dug by the inhabitants over the centuries, rich in wells and caves; the most famous is probably the Pozzo di San Patrizio, an extraordinary work of civil engineering of the sixteenth century. Events: Every Sunday, June 12, in the Piazza del Duomo, the 'FESTA DELLA PALOMBELLA' is celebrated, a historic representation of the Pentecost festivity. On this occasion a dove is made to fly, tied to a crackling sunburst of firecrackers on a steel cable from the church of San Francesco al Duomo; the dove is then donated to the first married couple of that day.
Nestled in the green Umbrian hills, Lake Trasimeno is the fourth in Italy by extension. On its shores there are villages of breathtaking beauty and inside it three suggestive islands: the Isola Maggiore, the only inhabited area with its windmill and the church of San Michele Arcangelo, the Polvese Island, the largest, which offers visitors beautiful views from above the Rocca and finally the Minor Island, private and not open to visitors. Events: Nearly 60 km along the Trasimeno coasts, through the villages and landscapes of the Lake: this is the 2019 edition of the 'STRASIMENO', scheduled for 17 March 2019.
CASCATA DELLE MARMORE
The Cascata delle Marmore, one of the main natural attractions in Umbria, is an artificial work of hydraulic arrangement due to the Romans; the waters of the Velino river, conveyed towards the cliff of Marmore, make a total jump of 165 meters in the underlying bed of the Nera river. The spectacular jump of the Marmore Falls has inspired poets and artists of every historical period. For about 50 years the waters of the waterfall have been used to feed the Galleto hydroelectric plant. Consequently the waterfall can be admired only at certain times.