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All the most famous and evocative places in Umbria are within easy reach of our Country House. This is an area which has long attracted and fascinated visitors: with a rich history, many unique traditions, wonderful food and typical local products.
There is so much to enjoy in Umbria: this is a journey which starts with the local landscape and continues with appreciation of its fine products: olive oil, wine, truffles, chocolate and beautifully-made cashmere garments.
We will leave you to explore the most evocative parts of the region, with its beautiful landscapes and fascinating towns.
We will start with our own municipality of Corciano, listed as one of “Italy’s most beautiful towns”. When you walk through its streets, unchanged over the centuries, you have the sensation of time standing still. And this is where our journey begins.
Perugia, a splendid city founded by the Etruscans, is just 10 km away from Corciano.
The historic centre is distinguished by its imposing mediaeval walls. Other sights include the Fontana Maggiore, a lovely fountain in the middle of the Piazza IV Novembre, and the magnificent staircase of the Palazzo dei Priori. Then there is the cathedral with its wide steps, where locals and students love to sit in fine weather.
The most famous town in the area around Perugia is certainly Assisi, a required destination for anyone interested in the history of religion and art.
The wonderful frescoes in the upper basilica are truly unique, and have retained all their beauty and fascination over the course of many centuries.
Spello, Foligno, Spoleto
Only a short distance from Assisi you come to Spello: a lovely town which still retains its ancient Roman walls. If you continue south, you can visit Foligno, Trevi and then the Fonti del Clitunno. This lovely oasis contains numerous fresh water springs, which together form a little lake with islands, all surrounded by willows and poplars. From here, you can continue to Spoleto.
Gubbio, Citta della Pieve
Our Country House is also within easy reach of Gubbio, one of Umbria’s most ancient towns, situated on the slopes of Mount Igino. Every year, Gubbio stages a traditional procession known as the “Corsa dei Ceri”, which attracts tourists from many countries. The town also claims to have the world’s tallest Christmas tree, visible from a very great distance.
Gubbio and Città delle Pieve have become very well-known in recent years, as they have featured as locations for famous TV series.
Our virtual tour must also take us to Lake Trasimeno, including some delightful places such as Castiglione del Lago, and the village of Monte del Lago. The three lake islands, Maggiore, Minore and Polvese, complete a picture which is already gorgeous in itself.