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The 12th-century Cathedral in Spoleto is so lovely that it alone would make a stop in this charming town worth a detour. The exterior of this very old cathedral, with its beautiful rose window and intricate mosaics, is truly charming. ... more

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Garrick Maguire

Orvieto is a maze of tiny piazzas and narrow twisting streets. Continue on to Orvieto’s center where a glorious Duomo dominates the immense piazza. You may think you have seen sufficient stunning cathedrals to last a lifetime, but just wait—Orvieto’s is truly sp... more

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Stanislav Georgiev

The old medieval town of Perggioa has at its heart the Piazza IV Novembre, a beautiful square with an appealing fountain, the Fontana Maggiore, built in the late 13th century. The fountain was built in celebration of the completion of an aqueduct bringing water to the city from mounta... more

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Jean-Pierre Dalb

Just outside the sleepy town of Cottanello is the tiny medieval cliff-side Hermitage of Saint Cataldo, carved out of rock hanging over the road. It is possible to have a guide open the hermitage for you if you have an appointment and arrive before lunchtime. Also of interest is the ne... more

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Karen V Bryan

Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s fourth largest lake, is fed by underground channels linked to the Tiber river basin. Fascinatingly, the early Romans built these underground waterways many centuries ago.... more

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Pavlo Boyko

Leaving Orvieto, drive south toward Rome on the A1. Because they are convenient to your route, we suggest stopping to visit two extraordinary gardens: the Parco dei Mostri and the Villa Lante. For these excursions, exit the A1 at Orte, and then take the superstrada 204 west toward Vit... more

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John Winder

The old medieval town has at its heart the Piazza IV Novembre, a beautiful square with an appealing fountain, the Fontana Maggiore, built in the late 13th century. ... more

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Tehmina Goskar

Not only is medieval Spoleto dramatically perched atop a hill, but it also has an almost unbelievable bridge dating from Roman times. This Ponte delle Torri, spanning the deep ravine between Spoleto and the adjoining mountain, was built over an aqueduct existing in the 14th century. T... more

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Francesco la Ragione

If you have time, hike up to the Rocca Medioevale, an enormous 14th-century fortress perched on the hillside overlooking the city. From here you have a magnificent bird’s-eye view of Assisi and beyond to the enchanting Umbrian countryside sweeping out to the distant hills.... more

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For sightseeing, the main attraction is San Francisco, a church now converted into a museum that displays some of the finest work of Benozzo Gozzoli, including the fresco Life of St. Francis. Also, a delicious wine, Sagrantino, is produced here.... more

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Kathy Wohlfeld

Also while in Assisi, visit Santa Chiara (St. Clara’s Church). Clara, a close friend of St. Francis, founded the Order of Poor Clares. Go into the church to view the lovely frescoes of Santa Clara and her sisters. Part of the enjoyment of Assisi is just to stroll through its nar... more

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Even if it were not for the lingering memory of the gentle St. Francis, Assisi would be a “must see” for it is one of the most spectacular hill towns in Umbria. Perhaps there are a few too many souvenir shops, but this is a small price to pay for the privilege of experienc... more

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Sonia Fantoli

Also of interest in Orvieto is St. Patrick’s Well (Pozzo di S. Patrizio), hewn out of solid volcanic rock. Pope Clement VII took refuge in Orvieto in 1527 and to ensure the town’s water supply in case of siege, he ordered the digging of this 62-meter-deep well. It is uniqu... more

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Roberto Ferr

After visiting Parco dei Mostri, it is just a short drive on to the enchanting gardens of Villa Lante. Follow a small, ancient road flanked by olive and hazelnut groves in the direction of Viterbo. Before reaching Viterbo, follow signs for Bagnaia, where you find the classic Italian r... more

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