Perugia and Spello: the wine production of the Road of Canticle’s Wines
An itinerary from Perugia to Spello, two of the charming towns of the Road of Canticle’s Wines.
From Massa Martana to Monte Castello di Vibio, through Todi and Fratta Todina, from Collazzone to Torgiano, through Marsciano and Perugia, for then reaching Bettona, Cannara and Spello: it’s the “Road of Canticle’s Wines” that enhances, beyond wine, also the other typical and quality products of the territory, without forgetting art, environment, culture and artistic craft.
Autumn, the period for the harvest, is one of the most suggestive moments to make this itinerary combining the pleasure of good food and of great wines with the visit to villages, castles, churches and abbeys, framed by a unique and suggestive landscape.
The itinerary we offer you will lead you to discover two of the splendid cities of the Road of Canticle’s Wines: Perugia and Spello.
Provide yourself with a shoulder strap cup holder and start your journey from Perugia, among tastes and flavours.
The region’s main town will conquer you with its medieval architectures and its Renaissance palaces.
Take all the necessary time to discover its historical centre that keeps many of its historical-artistic treasures: Piazza IV Novembre and the beautiful Major Fountain; the Cathedral of St. Lawrence; the Priori Palace (with the Cambio College frescoed by Perugino); the Umbria National Gallery rich with masterpieces of artists such as Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio, Perugino; the Arch, the walls and the Etruscan well.
Once completed the acropolis’ tour, it’s time for a break! You have to taste the Torta al Testo: an ancient bread, baked on the “Testum”, the plate from which it takes its name, that you can fill with ham, cheese, sausage, cooked vegetables or any other ingredient. We recommend you to drink preferably red wine, Doc Colli Perugini.
Yet, before going on, there is an almost compulsory stop to do in one of the sweetest towns in Italy: enjoy a tasty temptation to discover the combination of chocolate and wine. If you happen to be in Perugia in October, the best ever occasion is inevitably Eurochocolate, the festival entirely devoted to chocolate.
At this stage reach by minimetro (that offers an ongoing service until about 9 pm, here for the timetables) the Perugia station and from here reach Spello with the fast regional train (here for the timetables).
Visiting Spello is always a unique and exciting experience: admire it from below, walk along its medieval alleys decorated by colourful flowered balconies and let you conquer by its history and art.
Start your tour by walking along its city walls where there are the urban walls. Among these walls three ones are of particular relevance: the Consular Door, the Venus Door with the Properzio Towers and the Urbica Door.
The Infiorata Town is an authentic chest of artistic treasures: don’t miss the church of St. Mary Major housing the Baglioni Chapel, decorated with one of the most colourful cycles of frescoes executed by the Pinturicchio. On the other hand, the church of St. Andrea houses the altarpiece with the Virgin and the Child enthroned together with various saints, painted by Pinturicchio.
You must conclude your visit by getting lost among the charming flowering alleys of the town: they are really fascinating, scented and colourful spots.
If you are hungry, before leaving, taste the local cuisine: bruschette perfumed with oil or truffle, home-made pastries seasoned with truffle, hare and boar. Many traditional recipes have as main ingredient the legumes: the chickpeas of Spello are famous in the world, as well as the risina (a variety of small and white bean with a delicate flavour), and the chickling vetch (a variety of legume similar to the chickpeas), all protagonists of tasty soups or fresh salads. For wines the Assisi Doc is a choice that will not disappoint you.
At this stage, all you have to do is getting on the train again to return to Perugia, maybe carrying with you a good bottle of wine to taste, once returned, recalling Umbria.