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Coming from either Perugia or Gubbio, take S75 east following signs for Assisi, one of our favorite targets in Umbria. Built up the steep slopes of Mount Subasio, this magical city is a tribute to St. Francis. Although he was born into a family of wealth, after several visions in whic... more

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Five kilometers south of Spello you come to Foligno where we suggest leaving the S75 and taking instead the back roads to enjoy the lovely villages and scenery. From Foligno, take the S316 toward Bevagna, which you reach after about 8 kilometers. Bevagna is an enticing, intimate, char... more

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Bomarzo is the location of the sacred garden of Parco dei Mostri is located. Dating back to 1552, the park was designed by Pirro Ligorio, who created the incredible gardens of Villa d’Este in Tivoli. He is also responsible for the completion of Saint Peter’s Cath... more

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Castiglione del Lago is the most interesting town on Lake Trasimeno. Built on a high rocky promontory that juts out into the water, the old walled city with its battlements and towers has lots of character. Artifacts and tombs nearby indicate it was originally an Etruscan settlement, ... more

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From Assisi you can continue on the S75 in the direction of Foligno. However, if you feel adventuresome and enjoy getting off the beaten path, there is a narrow twisting, very scenic back road that leads through the hills making a loop from Assisi that ends up back on the S75 in Spell... more

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Unlike many of the towns in the Sabine Hills, Cottanello, a tiny, remote, picturesque hill town is surrounded by mountains instead of olive groves. The inhabitants are mostly shepherds and you might need to stop along the way to let a shepherd with his flock of sheep cross the road. T... more

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Recommended by L'Antico Forziere: The town of Deruta, located in the hills of Umbria, has become synonymous with fine pottery and ceramics. The qualities of the local clay led to Deruba becoming the capital of ceramic production, particularly during the Renaissance period. To this ... more

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Leaving Umbertide, take the road that passes over the highway E45 and continue on to Gubbio. This splendidly preserved, medieval walled town is perched high on the slopes of Monte Ingino. The setting is superb and the view from the plaza that sits like a shelf overlooking the countrys... more

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Recommended by La Torriola: Montecastello di Vibio is a nice hamlet, with a nice old theatre. The "Teatro della Concordia" is reported as "the smallest one in the world."... more

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From Bevagna, take the road marked to Montefalco (located 7 kilometers from Bevagna). Montefalco is a walled town that crowns a hill with sweeping views of the Umbrian countryside. The town is a maze of small, narrow streets. For sightseeing, the main attraction is San Francisco, a ch... more

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Recommended by Villa Bastiola: Montone is voted one of the prettiest hamlets in Italy and certainly lives up to this prize. It is a gorgeous medieval hilltop town just north of Umbertide. The perfect size for walking around in a morning or afternoon with a lovely bar in the piazza ... more

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Originally founded by the Etruscans, Orvieto later became a prosperous Roman city, famous for its production of ceramics. Orvieto is spread across the top of a hill that drops down on every side in steep volcanic cliffs to the Umbrian plain 200 meters below—you wonder how the to... more

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From Gubbio head south on S298 in the direction of Perugia. There is a turnoff to Perugia, which is surrounded by many modern commercial buildings. If time is short, bypass Perugia (which is not as pristine as many of Umbria’s other jewels) and continue on to the junction of S75... more

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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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Because it was rebuilt after extensive damage in World War II, Terni is a city of modern architecture. Although it does not have an old world ambiance, it is worth a stop for those who love fashionable couture—it seems every Italian designer is represented here. Our suggestion i... more

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The picture-perfect village of Todi makes a great midway stop between Spoleto and Orvieto. It is located near the junction of E45 and S448 and is well signposted. This adorable small town crowning a hilltop like icing on a cake is one of our favorites. No, there isn’t much ... more

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Torgiano, in the center of a rich wine region, has an interesting small wine museum. You would never dream that such a tiny town could boast such a gem, but it is not a coincidence: the Lungarotti family owns the vineyards for many kilometers in every direction. Signor Lungarotti furn... more

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Follow the back roads through the countryside to Umbertide. Stop for a short visit to this small, 10th-century town that hugs the banks of the Tevere River. In addition to the castle, you might want to visit the Church of Santa Maria della Reggia, which is an intriguing octagonal, thr... more

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