Umbrian cities and villages from A to Z

Traveling through valleys, peaks, woods, rivers and lakes in the Green Heart of Italy, a treasure trove of art cities and small historical centers that continue to surprise.

Let’s discover them together ... in strict alphabetical order!

Baschi

In the Roman age it was the old town of Vaescium, then the fortified village under the long lordship of Baschi. This small village is full of treasures which contains the San Nicolò church (16th century), by the architect Ippolito Scalza (author of the most beautiful buildings in Orvieto and creator of many works in its cathedral), and the Antiquarium, where you will find ruins of pottery and earthenware activities, above all those coming from the Scoppieto archaeological site. This medieval village is very suggestive, named “the holes” for its houses, streets and doors small dimensions…an old miniature world perfectly preserved. Surroundings too give us nice surprises: from the Corbara Lake, where you can do aquatic sports, to the Eremo della Pasquarella and to the suggestive Acqualoreto, Collelungo, Morre and Morruzze villages, until the Forello Gorges, in the heart of Tevere River Park, which give us an exclusive landscape of an uncontaminated nature.
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Bastia Umbra
Known as a Roman Insula because it seemed an island among “Lacus Umber” waters, possible wetland dried up in the 6th century A.D. , had its importance between 14th and 15th century when, like fortress town, it was contested between Perugia and Assisi, becoming in the end manor of the Baglioni family. There are still traces of its old and massive Castle (from which comes the name Bastia) and interesting religious buildings, like Santa Croce church, with a peculiar front in white and pink limestone, the adjacent San Michele Arcangelo church, San Paolo church, place of an ancient monastery where Santa Chiara retreated, and the Sant’Angelo Door, the best preserved of the village five doors.
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Bettona
Among most beautiful Italian villages, old Etruscan and then Roman town, after barbarian invasion was in alternating-periods under the prevailing domination of Perugia and of the Papal State. In 1367 the cardinal Albornoz ordered to rebuild the town in a circle of walls narrowest but most fortified. The medieval village, that corresponds with the Etruscan and the Roman town, is surrounded by the town-wall which contains the Santa Maria Maggiore church and the Mayor’s palace where is located the Town Museum – among Art Gallery works must be notified the Sant’Antonio from Padova and the Virgin of Mercy by Pietro Vannucci, named as Perugino. Nearby they deserve a visit the Molinaccio Tower (13th century), the Villa of Boccaglione, country house of the 18th century probably built on Piermarinis’ design and the Abbey’s building of San Crispolto al Piano.

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Bevagna
First historical information of this village, among the orange Flags of the TCI (Italian Touring Club) and the most beautiful Italian Villages, corresponds to the Roman conquest of Umbria. It was an important river port, directly linked to Rome through the Tiber river where flowing Topino and Chiascio rivers; thanks to its proximity to Via Flaminia it became an important intermodal interchange hub. Bevagna preserved its medieval set-up, clearly visible in its walls, in its towers and in its doors. There are a lot of historical buildings like Palazzo Lepri, churches and places that make it the village really full of treasures to discover, first of all Silvestro square on which overlook Consoli’s Palace, S. Silvestro and S. Michele Arcangelo Romanesque churches and Santi Domenico and Giacomo church. Many of these treasures can be visited with only one ticket, thanks to “Bevagna Città Museo”:  Roman thermal baths mosaic, Torti theatre and the Civic Museum but also the Cloister of San Domenico church and the Roman port Building.

 

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