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ASSISI 7-11 June 2023
A TOUR OF GREEN UMBRIA - MEDIEVAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES
12-18 June 2023

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ASSISI

FROM 7 TO 11 JUNE 2023


Destinations

A TOUR OF GREEN UMBRIA
MEDIEVAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES

FROM 12 TO 18 JUNE 2023

Destination

ASSISI


This is an important Umbrian city gently nestling on the slopes of Mount Subasio. Still protected by an imposing city wall, the town retains the traditional characteristics of a typical Umbrian village. In 1180, St Francis, patron saint of Italy, was born here. It is dominated by two of its wonders, the great basilica of St Francis and the massive Rocca Maggiore. Assisi, with its historic centre and symbolic monuments, became a UNESCO site in the year 2000.

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PERUGIA


This is the capital of the Region of Umbria, known for its medieval buildings and the Etruscan walls erected to defend its historic centre. The medieval Palazzo dei Priori houses an important collection of Umbrian art from the 13th century onwards. The Gothic Cathedral overlooking Piazza IV Novembre houses frescoes and paintings from the Renaissance period. In the centre of the square is the Fontana Maggiore, made of marble with bas-reliefs depicting the signs of the zodiac and scenes from the Bible.

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GUBBIO


This historic city was founded by the ancient Umbrians and has seen its heyday since Roman times. It still retains its medieval characteristics. A town situated at the foot of a mountain, Mount Ingino, it possesses architecture that classifies it among the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. There are many historical elements to discover: Piazza Grande, Palazzo dei Consoli, the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, the Cathedral, the Bargello fountain (of the madmen), the Ducal Palace and its Hanging Gardens. Its traditional Festa dei Ceri is represented in the regional coat of arms.

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ORVIETO


It is a small Umbrian town perched on a tuff cliff. The Duomo with its mosaic façade, a masterpiece of central Italian Gothic architecture, was built in 1290. The most famous architects of the period participated in its realisation. An important monument in the town is St Patrick's Well (16th century). Its internal access is via a double spiral staircase. A network of underground passages testifies to the city's Etruscan roots.

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BEVAGNA


This is a small municipality of 4,800 inhabitants in the province of Perugia, listed among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy and among the Orange Flags. Traces of human settlements have been present on its territory since the Iron Age. It rises on the edge of the Foligno plain, not far from Assisi. On its hills are cultivated olive trees and vineyards that characterise the excellent products of the Umbrian territory. The town is characterised by an intact historical centre with monuments of medieval origin.

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ACQUAROSSA


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MARMORE WATERFALL


It is formed by the river Velino near the city of Terni before it flows into Lake Piediluco. It is a spectacular artificial waterfall built in the Roman period. It has a height of 165 metres divided into three overhangs. It is the highest artificial waterfall in Europe and its water is currently used to produce hydroelectric energy.

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SPOLETO


It is surrounded by hills rich in vineyards and olive groves. A town known since prehistoric times, it is characterised by its famous Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta), Spoleto's main place of Catholic worship. Built between 1151 and 1227, it houses valuable frescoes by Filippo Lippi (stories of the Virgin dated 1467-1499). Its archaeological museum exhibits objects from the Bronze Age and Roman era found in the urban area. An important town monument is the recently restored Roman theatre.

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TRASIMENO LAKE


At 128 square kilometres, it is the largest lake in central Italy. Its maximum depth varies between 5 metres, classifying it as a laminar lake. There are three islands in the lake: Isola Polvese, Isola Minore and Isola Maggiore (currently the only one inhabited). One of the major battles of the Second Punic War between the Roman and Carthaginian armies commanded by Hannibal was fought on its shores in 217 BC. On its banks stand the two important towns of Castiglione del Lago and Passignano.

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