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July 2020

Back to Umbria...N. 2.


I spent some nights in Assisi; as I did a couple of years ago. I did it in order to do some day trips from Assisi and to explore the town itself.

Assisi is situated 19 kilometers (12 miles) east of Perugia. It is famous as the birthplace of saint Francis, the founder of the Franciscan order. Assisi is situated on a spur of Monte Subasio.

Assisi was also the birthplace of St. Clare, the founder of the religious order known as the Poor Clares.


A good visit to this town could start from piazza Matteotti. You can go to this square by bus from Santa Maria degli Angeli; a village situated some four kilometers from Assisi.

From piazza Matteotti walk down one of the streets to your left.


There is a good choice of shops in Assisi and especially of souvenirs shops.


There is a cake worth to try in Assisi. It is the dolce di san Francesco. It is sold in several confectioneries in this town. I had a piece of this cake at Gran Caffè in corso (avenue) Giuseppe Mazzini at N. 16.


Saint Francis basilica is undoubtly the main sight in Assisi.

The construction of this large church began two years after his death in 1228. It is made of two churches built one above the other; the lower dating from 1228 and 1230 and the upper one from 1230 to 1253.

This is the final resting place of sain Francis. He was buried in the crypt below the church.


In my opinion Assisi is a quite large town. It is not small as you can read on the web.


I did a day trip to Foligno from Assisi. This is one of the few towns in Umbria to be built on flat land.

You can go to Foligno from Assisi in around ten minutes by train.

I didn' t like much this town, but there are two beautiful sights not to miss there.The Oratory of the Nunziatella and the Trinci Palace.

An event is held in this town on june and september; every year. It is the Giostra della Quintana. It is practically a knights tournament. Ten entrants representing the ten neibourhoods of the town fight for a trophy.

In this picture you can see part of the Foligno cathedral (duomo). It is currently closed due to the latest earthquake.


The Trinci Palace was the residence of the family who ruled Foligno from 1305 to 1439.

This palace is the result of the restructuration and fusion of some buildings dating from the first half of the XIII century and the beginning of the XIV.

Inside this palace you can enjoy some rooms with frescoed walls. Moreover you can spend lots of time exploring its three museums.

Here you can visit a museum of paintings, an archeological museum and a multimedia museum of tournaments and jousts.

In this picture you can see (pope) Sisto' s IV Hall.


Here you can see part of the Liberal Arts (grammar, rhetoric, logic, philosophy...) and Planets Hall.


This is another picture taken inside the Liberal Arts and Planets Hall.


Another room you should not miss in this palace is the Giant' s Hall; also called the Imperators Hall.

Here there are many ancient Roman famous people painted on its walls; as emperor Augustus and Tiberius. These men are painted in Reinassance clothes


A very tall statue at the archaeological museum into the Trinci Palace.



A painting; part of the paintings collection at this palace.


A visit to the palace should take at lest a couple of hours. I' d recommend to buy a guide book of the palace.


The Oratory of the Nunziatella is a small church which was built in 1492. Here you can see a fresco by Perugino depicting Jesus' baptism.

Pietro Vannucci called Perugino was one of the most popular Umbrian painters of the XV century. It seems he was born between 1448 and 1450.

The oratory is situated in largo Carducci; a narrow street some meters from the main square.


The fresco by Perugino.


This is another painting (not by Perugino) you can see into the oratory.


I re visited Spello.

Spello is situated at the feet of mount Subasio; between Assisi and Foligno.

This village has some well preserved Roman monuments, such as the city gates Porta Consolare and Porta Venere,

The main sight of Spello is a large fresco by Pinturicchio. It is house in the Baglioni Chapel into Saint Maria Maggiore church. in via Cavour.

The day I visited Spello the church was closed. Luckily I had already seen the beautiful fresco.

Have a look at my old post about Spello if you like to see some pictures of this masterpiece.


The old core of this village is made of stone houses and narrow streets.


It is a pleasure to get lost in Spello. The village is not very large.


San Severino church is one of the churches in Spello. I think there are at least three churches in this village. It was built in the XII century.


Probably the main event in Spello is the Infiorata. This is a religious festival occurring on the Corpus Christi in June; every year . The main streets in Spello are decorated with flowers petals and various herbs.

I haven' t attend this event, but I hope to be able to do it one day.

Posted by Maurizioagos 09:35 Archived in Italy Tagged italy assisi spello foligno umbria. Comments (13)

Back to Umbria.


Last month I spent ten days in the Umbria region. I chose Perugia and Assisi as a base for my holidays. I have already ben to these places a couple of years ago.

Perugia is the capital of the region Umbria. It is located almost halfway from Rome and Florence. Its old core is situated on a hill.

I didn' t visit any museums or churches in this city on my stay, but I visited some of these last time I was there.


The main square in Perugia is Piazza IV novembre. Here you can see part of the cathedral and part of Palazzo dei Priori.

Palazzo dei Priori was the seat where the town cuncilors used to meet. It was built between the XIII and the XV centuries. Today, part of this huge building is used as town hall.

On the third floor of this palace the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria is housed. It is a very rich art collection with paintings, statues and lots of other art works from the XIII to the XIX centuries.

Inside Palazzo dei Priori; on the ground floor there are also two rooms that belonged to two Medieval guilds.


Between the Palazzo dei Priori and the cathedral you see a very large fountain. This is the fontana Maggiore. It is carved with panels depicting the astrological signs, the months of the year; Aesop' s fables and mythical monsters.

This fountain was created between 1277 and 1278.



There are several view points in Perugia where you can enjoy great landscapes!



There are many narrow streets in the old core of the city to explore.



One of the places I visited as a day trip form Perugia was Castiglione del Lago.


The main street in Castiglione del Lago.

This small village is situated on a hill on the eastern shore of the lake Trasimeno. It is or Etruscan origin.

Its old core is surrounded by walls built between XII and XIII centuries with three doors.


Palazzo della Corgna is the main sight of Castiglione del Lago. This palace was built in 1560. I didn' t visit it because it was closed when I was in Castiglione. It is usually closed from 1 p. m to 3 p. m every day.

The palace is linked via a passageway to the Rocca del Leone. It is a fortress made of five towers. It was built in 1247.


Even in Castiglione del Lago you can walk along some narrow streets.





There is a small fountain in the old core of the village if you are thisty.


The lake!


I suppose the old core of Castiglione should be around one kilometer from the lake Trasimeno.


This is a staircase you have to climb to get to the old core of Castiglione. There is also a road that takes there.


I visited a village I didn' t like much; Magione.

I thought Magione was one of the villages near lake Trasimeno, but it is not. The old center of Magione is some three kilometers far from the lake.

The main sight of Magione is the castle of the knights of Malta.


A constuction already existed where the castle is situated today before 1100. It was originally a residence and a "hospitium" for the pilgrims travelling to Rome or Jerusalem. This building was managed by the Hierosolymitan knights. Towards the end of 1300 the kinights of Malta turned the "hospitium" into a castle.

The courtyard of the castle is opened to visitors. You can visit some rooms into the castle prior an appointment.


The main square in Magione is a bit uphill. There is the town hall here. It looks like a castle.


Magione is a place to spend two or three hours; maybe more if you are going there to visit the castle.

Both Castiglione del Lago and Magione are easily reachable by coach from Perugia.


I also re visited Gubbio. This town lies at the foot of mount Ingino.


There is a palace to visit in Gubbio; the Palazzo Ducale. It was built betwen 1474 and 1482 on orders by duke Federico di Montefeltro (see my
post about Urbino).


There is not much to see inside this palace, but there is a collection of paintings dated from the XIII to the XVIII century.


Gubbio was built on a hill. You have to climb a bit if you like to explore it properly. There is an lift that takes to the upper area of the town. You can see its entrance in this pic; on the left of the staircase.


This is the Palazzo dei Consoli. It stands in the main square of Gubbio; piazza Grande. This palace houses a museum.


I had a very good crescia for lunch. It is a typical local flatbread sandwich. My crescia was filled with lot of gongorzola cheese.


There is an area I like a lot in Gubbio. It is where there is the Camignano river.


There are some houses near the river. This one has a door that is shorter than me.


Another house near the river.


This is the lunatics' fountain (la fontana dei matti). If your turn around it three times in the presence of somebody who lives in Gubbio you can go to a shop and buy a lunatics' degree.


I went to Gubbio by coach from Perugia. The journey took around one hour and it was not comfortable.

Posted by Maurizioagos 08:46 Archived in Italy Comments (7)

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