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Città della Pieve
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Path amongst the alleys of Città della Pieve

A stroll through small streets and alleys of the Città della Pieve historical center.

Located in the green hills where Umbria and Tuscany meet, between the Aral and the Amiata mountains, rises the beautiful town of Città della Pieve. It is a unique place, with a very particular architecture and an urban pattern distancing itself from the typical Umbrian features: in 1188 Castel del Pieve was declared a free district, so emancipating from Perugia. Its inhabitants created an urban structure that proves the presence of knights, with wide streets, whilst the closest more narrow and fragmented streets show the presence of citizens who walked along the streets.

 

We propose that you visit this town through a tour covering its alleys and crossing the heart of its historical center, to discover its spectacular view and evocative streets.

 

When you arrive in Città della Pieve, follow the blue signs leading to a labyrinth of evocative places of the memory and spaces representing the meeting points for the Città della Pieve inhabitants. Leave from Via delle Scuole Pie, on the northeastern side of the historical center, its name deriving from the Orca Palace that until the unification of Italy was the seat of Scuole Pie (Pius Schools). Right after Giacomo Matteotti Square, along the central road leading to Plebiscite Square, walk through Via Borgo di Giano. You will recognize it from the high tower located here. Pass through the Via delle Nottole alley, where were ancient workshops produced barrels. A little further on you will find Via Roma, the ancient Via del Vecciano that is the old gate of the early urban center. Then pass through via Manni, former via Lombardia, one of the most ancient roads of Città della Pieve: the Lombard master artisans devoted to working with clay lived here. Amongst the alleys, you don't miss seeing two beautiful squares: Antonio Gramsci square, the ancient square of the oven, and piazza Plebiscito, Città della Pieve's main square, where the façade of the Cathedral of Saint Gervasio and Protasio can be admired.

The path will then lead you to via Fiorenzuola, the Florence merchants' street, passing through Piazza di Spagna and Piazza XIX Giugno, formerly Piazza Mercato, and then leading you along two very particular streets. The first one is via del Barbacane that owes its name to the defensive supports of the overlooking medieval walls. The second street recommend seeing is Via Baciadonne ("Kiss-women street") that is just past the Oratory of Santa Maria dei Bianchi, where The Adoration of the Three Wise Men by Perugino is preserved. Biaciadonne alley is considered one of the narrowest ones in Italy and probably owes its origins to conflicts between separate neighborhoods. After going through the alley, stop and look at the panorama laid out in front of you: on the left is Umbria and the Terni province, on the right is Tuscany and the Chiusi area.

When you walk through the town's alleys you should stop to taste one of Umbria's most precious agricultural products: the saffron of Città della Pieve.