Tuscany’s Little Sister

320 Tuscany's Little SisterUmbria is supposed to be Tuscany’s little sister in terms of natural beauty (nature here is really extremely green), historic sites, gastronomy, ceramics and handicrafts. There are too many tiny but splendid towns in radius of about 50-60 km far away from Passignano sul Trasimeno which is a small municipality in the province of Perugia.

Being in this part of Italy, you are brought back to the past and you get the feeling that time has stopped. There are too many sights to visit, too many monuments and places to take photos of. Moreover, this quiet place of our planet will make you wish to stay here till the end of your life. If you make this choice, you won’t regret it because …

The nice historic centre of Deruta will enchant you with its valuable ceramics production. Montefalco will impress you with its high-quality materials that are extremely important and famous in all corners of Italy. When you are at the Trasimeno Lake the region’s famous stone town of Gubbio will welcome you while Bevagna will bring you back to the old times due to its extraordinary mediaeval spirit, atmosphere and architecture. Of course, Assisi is a must visit. Its marvelous Basilica di San Franccesco is a famous pilgrimage place with scorci mozzafiato (breathtaking views) and an antique historic centre.

But your journey will not stop here. On the opposite, you will head for the small town of Trevi which is Umbria’s antique town. Too many historic testimonials exist but the most prominent one is the antique wall that encircles the town as well the three town’s gates (la Porta del Bruscito, la Porta del Cieco and la Porta San Fabiano) and the Arch of Mostaccio. Once entered the historic centre, you ought to visit the splendid San Giovanni Decollato Church and the elegant Casa Petrucci whose facade shows scenes from the myth related to Diana and Actaeon. After having seen the other two churches (San Francesco and Sant’Emiliano) you ought to pay a visit to the palaces of Trevi, i.e. Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Lucarini, Palazzo Valenti and Palazzo Natalucci.

Your next stop will be Spello whose historic centre will offer you a walk through the history of this small Umbrian town. The most attractive thing about it is its vicoli (alleys) that are dotted by numerous crafts shops, antique arches and le piazzette (small squares). These tiny, narrow and cobbled streets confer the medieval and old-world look to the town. Moreover, they are the protagonists and main characters of the famous local Infiorata (this is a feast when people create colourful flower carpets in the streets) that is held on the day of Corpus Domini (on the 9th Sunday after Easter holidays). Another typical and characteristic element of the town of Spello is the landscape of inbuilt houses-towers like in San Gimignano that are made of the red and white limestone extracted from il Monte Subasio (the Mount Subasio) and actually, the town’s centre develops at the foot of the mountain.


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