Path amongst the Città della Pieve alleys
Città della Pieve seen through its alleys and streets: a treasure to discover step by step.
Piazza Mazzini 10 - 06061 Castiglione del Lago
On horseback in the green hills between Umbria and Tuscany, between the Aral and the Amiata mountains, rises up 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, so, 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 you to visit this city through a tour covering its alleys and crossing the heart of its historical center, to discover the corners with a spectacular view and suggestive streets.
Once arrived in Città della Pieve, follow the blue signs leading you to a labyrinth of suggestive corners, 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, owing its name to the Orca Palace that until the Italy unification was the seat of Scuole Pie (Pie Schools). Right after the Giacomo Matteotti Square, along the central road leading to the Plebiscite Square, walk through Via Borgo di Giano, you recognize it from the high tower here located. Pass through the Via delle Nottole alley, where were the ancient workshops dedicated to the barrels production. A little further on you will find Via Roma, the ancient Via del Vecciano that is the old door of the early urban center. Then pass through via Manni, former via Lombardia, one of the most ancient roads of Città della Pieve: here lived the Lombard master artisans devoted to the clay processing. Amongst the alleys, you couldn't miss to see two beautiful squares: the Antonio Gramsci square, the ancient square of the oven, and the Plebiscite Square, the main Città della Pieve square, where appears the façade of the Saint Gervasio and Protasio Cathedral.
The path will then lead you to via Fiorenzuola, the Florence merchants' street, passing through the Spain Square, the 19th June Square, the former Market Square, for 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 we advise you to cover is Via Baciadonne that you will meet a little after the Oratory of Santa Maria dei Bianchi, where is preserved The Adoration of the Three Wise Men by Perugino. This alley is considered one of the narrowest ones in Italy and was probably born to separate neighborhoods fighting each other. Covered the alley, stop and look at the panorama standing out in front of you: on the left Umbria and the Terni province, on the right Tuscany and the Chiusi area.
Your walking path across the town alleys can not but being accompanied by the tasting of one of the most precious soil products in Umbria: the saffron of Città della Pieve.