The next stop along this journey into the land of the Duchy goes along the Valtopina and the battlegrounds where the struggle for dominion over the territory all during the Middle Ages took place. This route leads you all the way to Nocera Umbra, another important Longobard outpost. In a highly strategic location, it dominates the valley and sits on the Apennine border with the Duchy of Spoleto.
The city is home to one of the richest Longobard necropoles in all of Italy, the most important one in Umbria, and features funerary furnishings of remarkable beauty. Elements from it can now be seen in the National Museum of the Duchy in Spoleto and the Museum of the High Middle Ages in Rome. Every year, the city celebrates what is called Longobard July, with historic re-enactments and scholarly conferences. If you are here during that time, you'll feel as though you are taking part in the stories and the legends of these people.