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Solomeo
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Solomeo

Une île verte dédiée à la culture, à l’art, à la tradition, à l’histoire, à la beauté

Nous découvrons Solomeo et sa inroyable histoire: le tout petit village médiéval dans la Mairie de Corciano, dans la province de Perugia, il est devenu le rêve concret de l’entrepreneur ombrien Brunello Cucinelli, connu dans le monde entier comme « le roi du cachemire », qui lui a ramené à sa gloire d’antan. Aujourd’hui le village avec son château et ses ruelles recouvertes de briques de tuiles est une île verte dédiée à la culture, à l’art, à la tradition, à l’histoire, à la beauté.

 

Le village de l’esprit

La visite de Solomeo part de la Piazza della Pace et du Foro delle Arti, construit par maîtres-artisans ombriens en s’inspirant aux artistes britanniques William Morris et John Ruskin.
Le Théâtre Brunello Cucinelli est le monument central du complexe dont la figure reprend le Farnese de Parma et le théâtre à l’ancienne de Sabbioneta. Il peut accueillir plus de 200 places compris ceux dans les gradins de la cavea sous-jacent la galerie.
Sont rattachés à la structure le Giardino dei Filosofi, ensemble de terrasses sur le paysage de collines, idéal pour méditer, le Ginnasio, l’Amphithéâtre et l’Académie Nouveau Humaniste, née pour promouvoir « le remède de la valeur humaine », qui comprend la Bibliothèque Nouveau Humaniste Aurélienne, lieu de rencontres culturels dédiés à l’approfondissement de dossiers philosophiques, historiques, littéraires et artistiques et pleine de livres anciens et récents.

Le village accueille aussi l’École des Arts et Métiers, créée avec la volonté de communiquer aux jeunes générations l’importance du patrimoine artisanal et de la créativité manuelle. L’école offre aux élèves cours de Modélisation et Tailleur féminin, de Coiffure et Tailleur masculin, de Reprisage et Couture, d’Horticulture et Jardinage et d’Arts Maçonnerie.

Il y a aussi l’église paroissiale de San Bartolomeo, fondée en XII siècle, reconstruite en ‘700 et enfin élargie en ‘800. Elle présente l’extérieure en pierre, elle est bordée par un clocher énorme et à l’intérieur on a un précieux orgue datant du XVIIIe siècle.

Ce pays est bordé par une ceinture verte de 100 hectares divisée en différentes sections: c’est la ladite « périphérie aimable » en transformation en récupérant une partie du terrain déjà occupé par vieux constructions abandonnées en faveur d’arbres et vergers. Les prairies semblent dépeints parmi les collines et rappellent les paysages médiévales et de la Renaissance ombriens des cadres du Perugino et du Piero della Francesca.
Voici le parc industriel, l’oratoire laic où on peut recueillir les énergies créatrices et décompresser le stress, le parc agricole parsemé de vignobles. Il ne peut pas manquer l’huilerie et le cellier avec la statue de Bacchus, mise à l’entrée et visible de toutes parts de la campagne et de Solomeo, qui symbolise l’origine grecque de la bonne relation entre l’homme et le paysage.
Enfin le parc de la dignité, où l’élément central est représenté par un monument avec cinq arcs sur lequel se trouve la mention « Hommage à la dignité de l’homme »

 

 


Perugia sotterranea
Trekking urbain
Histoire ancienne

Underground Perugia

Underground Perugia: trace the history of the acropolis from the Etruscans to modern times.

To begin your trip in underground Perugia, head to the Museo del Capitolo di San Lorenzo, next to the cathedral of the same name. Check visiting arrangements before you go as booking is required. (http://www.cattedrale.perugia.it/?p=26 , click here to find information regarding opening times and prices).


The visit begins from the cloister of the Canonica, via a side staircase. You will find yourself in the Sala del Conclave, where four Popes were elected: Honorius III, Honorius IV, Celestine V and Clement V. The large room appears to be divided by a wall, built in the middle of the last century to support the floor of the cathedral above.

Leaving the room, follow the route indicated, which will guide you to the remains of the Etruscan walls, built to make the acropolis of Perugia appear even more majestic. Here there was a temple, perhaps dedicated to Juno-Hera (in Etruscan, Uni). You will discover how in this part of the town has been in use, without interruption, since Etruscan times. Proof of this can be seen in the vault, of medieval origins, built in the foundations of the Cathedral which can be visited.

Still following the route, walk on the ancient cobbled road, first used by the Etruscans and later the Romans, on which the ruts left by cart wheels are still visible today. Continue your trip following the ancient Roman road and you will find yourself below Piazza Cavallotti.

If you want to make your trip to underground Perugia even more exciting, check the CAI website which organises exciting and fascinating "walks". You can be a speleologist/archaeologist for a day and see the Etruscan well, the underground areas of the Cathedral, the Postierla della Conca, a secondary entry gate to the town, near the Roman aqueduct, that allows access to the deep underground passages intended for pedestrians or also, according to some, for flood waters, as well as the air-raid shelter- a historic place that joins Corso Cavour to Rocca Paolina.(http://www.caiperugia.it/)


Parcs naturels et parcs à thème
Valnerina à découvrir
Paysages d’eau

The Nera River Park

The Nera river park: nature, sports and flavours

Welcome to the "Water Park", the Nera River Park which, among its many beautiful places, also includes the majestic Marmore Falls.

The 20 kilometres of clear, fresh water of the mid to lower course of the Nera River is what characterises this park. The area is dotted with small fortified hamlets and castles that arose in the Middle Ages. As you leave Terni, you'll come across Collestatte, Torre Orsina, Casteldilago, Arrone, Montefranco, Ferentillo, Macenano and Terria, all built to keep strategically important crossroads under control. When you're in Ferentillo, go see the crypt in the Church of Santo Stefano. The bodies buried here have become naturally mummified thanks to the specific environmental conditions and the chemistry of the soil.
To the east is Polino, Umbria's smallest town, perched on a mountain top along the old route herders used during their seasonal migrations with their livestock.

What makes this park so wonderful is its truly impressive vegetation: the foothills and a part of the mountain are covered with silvery green olive groves, particularly the area of the park closer to the Terni basin. The steep slopes of the mountains are covered in woods of broad-leaved trees insterpersed with magnificent rocky outcrops, making the area truly scenic.

Would you like to visit a mystical place that is also truly beautiful? The Valnerina has always been home to bustling religious activity and to ascetic hermits, and many abbeys, churches and hermitages were built here over the centuries. Stop in and see the lovely San Pietro in Valle abbey.

Hikers can walk over any of the many marked trails that crisscross the park, many follow old mule tracks and the roads that were once the main means of commerce and communication that connected the little hamlets. Observe the park's verdant fields and breathe the pure air of the Green Heart of Italy.


We suggest you visit some industrial archaeological sites as well: old and abandoned hydro-electric plants and factories that had been built to exploit the energy produced by the Nera and Velino rivers. The electro-chemical plant at Papignano is of particular interest as this is where Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni filmed much of Life is Beautiful.

One of the park's main attractions is the Marmore Falls, an ancient feat of Roman engineering which today is the ideal place for a family outing or a great hike.

If you love water sports, the Nera River Park is the place for you: the Nera River and its tributaries make this the perfect place for canyoning, rafting, caving and canoeing. But if climbing is your passion, don't miss the Ferentillo wall, one of the best equipped rock faces in all of Europe.

For your lunch you should taste the trout caught in the waters of the Nera: it's a white-fleshed fish with a delicate flavor to be boiled or cooked on the grill.

Le Chemin de saint François

Via di Francesco - Southern route

Southern route, from Greccio to Assisi in the footsteps of St Francis

The path

The starting point of the southern route is the Franciscan sanctuary of Greccio in Lazio, set high up on the rocky cliffs that surround the Holy Valley of Rieti. The journey begins in the place where, in around 1223, St Francis began one of the most cherished Christian traditions: the nativity scene.

The southern Via di Francesco has a total length of around 180 km. We recommend doing it in 10 stages (with a choice of detours), although you are free to decide to increase or reduce the distance of the individual stages to suit you.

The first stages take you to the main sanctuaries in the Holy Valley: Greccio; Fonte Colombo; La Foresta and Poggio Bustone. This first stage involves climbs and descents of medium difficulty, although the effort is rewarded by the beautiful natural landscapes.

From Rieti Cathedral, the road starts climbing, first towards the Sanctuary of La Foresta, then on to the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone. The itinerary continues through Umbria to Piediluco, where you are greeted on the banks of the serene lake.
You hike first along the banks of the river Velino, and then up along the river Nera. This is a flat stage, in a narrow valley (Valnerina), where it is possible to take a detour to discover the majestic Marmore Falls.

After a demanding climb, you leave the Valnerina for the Spoleto Valley, much loved by St Francis: Nihil iucundius vidi valle mea spoletana (I've never seen anything more pleasing than my spoletina valley).
Abbeys, churches and monasteries testify to the spiritual charm of this stretch of the Way, which passes through historical towns rich in art and history: Spoleto, Trevi, Foligno, Spello and Assisi.

The journey continues almost entirely on hillsides covered in olive groves, surrounded by a landscape that inspires peace. The climbs and descents, one of the features of the Way, follow one another but are never excessively uneven. Your pilgrimage concludes in meditative silence at the tomb of St Francis within the Lower Basilica of Assisi.

On the website www.viadifrancesco.it you will find all the stages, with maps, descriptions of the route, gradients, GPS coordinates and a list of resting places and specialised accommodation for pilgrims. Don't forget to ask for the Pilgrim's Card.

 

Signposting

The Lazio section of the Via di Francesco is indicated by CAI signage (white and red signs) and yellow and blue signs. In Umbria and Lazio, the path is well signposted with the colours of the Way: yellow and blue signs will guide you to Assisi.


The school of painting of Perugino
L'art en Ombrie

The school of painting of Perugino

An itinerary to discover the artworks of Divine Painter's best pupils

An exciting journey will lead you to discover some of the works created by the most famous pupils of the great Pietro Vannucci, so called the Perugino, the master god of Renaissance painting in Umbria.

A "team" of artists who, once they left the prestigious atelier of the Divine Painter, embellished churches, convents, brotherhoods and parish churches, making the Green Heart of Italy a treasure chest of beauty.

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Città di Castello

L’itinerario parte da Città di Castello e dalla Pinacoteca Comunale dove potete ammirare il Gonfalone della Santissima Trinità, l’opera del più talentuoso allievo del Perugino, Raffaello.

Il capolavoro, sottoposto di recente a un grande intervento di restauro, è il suo unico lavoro rimasto in città. Qui, infatti, l’artista operò tra la fine del Quattrocento e l’inizio del Cinquecento, dopo essersi congedato dalla Bottega del Vannucci con il titolo di “magister”, lasciando diverse opere che in seguito sono approdate in vari musei italiani e stranieri.

Sempre a Città di Castello, potete cominciare a fare la conoscenza di un altro grande pittore, collaboratore del Perugino: Bernardino di Betto Betti, conosciuto come il Pinturicchio; nel Museo del Duomo potrete ammirare la delicata tempera su tavola, databile intorno al 1485 con la Madonna con il Bambino e San Giovannino.

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Perugia

In auto, in poco più di un’ora, raggiungete Perugia, alla scoperta della seconda delle due opere originali di Raffaello presenti in regione e conservata nella Cappella di San Severo, attigua alla omonima chiesa duecentesca annessa al convento dei Camaldolesi, oggi trasformata in un piccolo museo. Si tratta della Trinità e Santi, un meraviglioso affresco realizzato in un insolito confronto tra Raffaello e il suo maestro. Il giovane artista dipinse nel 1505 la parte alta del dipinto con la Trinità fra angeli e santi, il Perugino completò il registro inferiore con sei santi nel 1521. 

Se volete ulteriormente approfondire l’argomento su altre opere degli allievi del Divin Pittore, visitate anche la Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, che conserva una delle più ricche raccolte d’arte in Italia del periodo compreso fra il XIII e il XIX secolo. 

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Spello

Lasciata Perugia, in venti minuti siete a Spello nella Cappella Baglioni della Collegiata di Santa Maria Maggiore dove potete incontrare di nuovo il Pinturicchio che dipinge un ciclo di affreschi, con le storie di Maria e dell'infanzia di Cristo, considerato tra i più importanti della regione. 

Dirigetevi quindi alla vicina chiesa di Sant'Andrea dove trovate un altro suo tesoro, una pala d’altare con la Madonna in trono e Santi, dipinta con l’intervento di aiuti. 

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Trevi

Un’altra manciata di minuti e siete a Trevi dove si palesa un terzo allievo del Divin Pittore, un altro dei protagonisti dell’arte pittorica umbra tra il XV e il XVI secolo: Giovanni di Pietro detto Lo Spagna per l’origine spagnola della sua famiglia, attivo in numerosi centri umbri. 

Meravigliosi i suoi affreschi nella chiesa della Madonna delle Lacrime, che rappresentano il Trasporto di Cristo e Santi. La chiesa conserva anche una tarda Adorazione dei Magi del Perugino, ai lati della nicchia i santi Pietro e Paolo.  

Dello stesso maestro, sempre a Trevi, nel piazzale antistante la chiesa di San Martino, si trova la cappella di San Girolamo, nel cui umile interno si trova un altro grande affresco che raffigura la Vergine Assunta in una mandorla, affiancata da due Angeli; in basso, i santi Girolamo, Giovanni Battista, Francesco d’Assisi e Antonio da Padova, inginocchiati in adorazione; sullo sfondo un paesaggio ripreso dal vero, con la veduta di Foligno

Ancora a Trevi, nella Pinacoteca del Complesso museale di San Francesco potete ammirare, un altro lavoro dello Spagna, una monumentale pala d’altare dipinta nel 1522 per la chiesa francescana di San Martino che raffigura l’Incoronazione della Vergine e santi, secondo un’iconografia molto cara ai pittori attivi in Umbria.

Non lontano da Trevi, lungo la Via Flaminia, fermatevi alla chiesa di San Giacomo, dove trovate un altro ciclo di affreschi di Giovanni di Pietro, che decora l’abside. Nel catino una Incoronazione della Vergine, mentre nella curva absidale il Santo e due suoi miracoli; in una nicchia laterale la Madonna con Bambino con angeli e santi, dello stesso maestro. 

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Spoleto

In pochi minuti raggiungete Spoleto dove potete fare il pieno delle opere dello Spagna, che qui trovò la sua stabile collocazione fino alla morte, nel 1528.

Tra le opere più significative che l’artista ha lasciato alla città sono due affreschi staccati, provenienti dalla Rocca Albornoziana, uno raffigurante la Madonna col Bambino e Santi, l’altro le Virtù, poste all’interno di una partitura architettonica in cui, nell’Ottocento, fu inserito il busto di Leone XII. 

Sempre a Spoleto, ecco di nuovo il Pinturicchio con gli affreschi realizzati intorno al 1497 per la Cappella Eroli all’interno del Duomo, raffiguranti la Madonna con Bambino tra i Santi Giovanni Battista e Leonardo. Nella volta a botte della cappella resta parte della decorazione con Sibille e storie di Costantino. 

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Panicale

Se avete tempo a disposizione, potete apprezzare il suo stile in particolar modo a Panicale nella chiesa parrocchiale di Cereseto, con l’affresco Salvatore in trono, tra i santi Pietro e Giovanni, dipinto nel 1510, e nella Collegiata di S. Michele arcangelo, con un’incantevole Adorazione dei pastori, del 1519. 

Prima di rientrare, visitate anche la chiesa di San Sebastiano, dove l’affresco Madonna in trono vi riparla dello Spagna e dove potete ancora ammirare il Martirio di San Sebastiano del Perugino.

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Paesaggio di olivi sui colli di Spoleto e Assisi
Les itinéraires du goût

Paesaggio di olivi sui colli di Spoleto e Assisi

Paesaggi cangianti di uliveti inerpicati lungo i colli di Spoleto e Assisi. Quiete e testimonianze di diverse epoche storiche tra città e borghi.

Percorrendo l'Umbria, vi sarà sicuramente capitato di notare, sulle pendici delle colline, distese di olivi: da qui nasce uno degli olii extra vergine più buoni e pregiati d'Italia. Ti proponiamo di scoprire uno dei luoghi dell'Olio DOP Umbria: i Colli di Assisi-Spoleto.

 

 

In questa zona, dal terreno particolarmente fertile per la coltivazione dalle varietà di olivo Moraiolo, Frantoio e Leccino, viene prodotto un olio di indubbia qualità, dal colore che va dal verde al giallo, dall'odore e dal sapore fruttato forte, con una nota amaro e piccante.

La zona dei Colli Assisi-Spoleto merita una visita di uno o più giorni, non solo per conoscere e assaggiare il prelibato oro giallo, ma anche perché vi sono delle città bellissime come Trevi, Spello, Spoleto, Assisi, Campello sul Clitunno e Foligno. Hai solo l'imbarazzo della scelta: puoi scegliere ognuna di queste città e scoprire i bei centri storici, l'arte e i paesaggi circostanti. Nei ristoranti della zona scegli uno dei piatti che ti danno l'opportunità di assaggiare l'olio a crudo, come l'insalata di farro, la bruschetta o i funghi arrosto oppure assaggia l'olio puro: ne riconoscerai subito il gusto e la nota piccante che lo caratterizzano.

Uno dei periodi migliori per conoscere da vicino la produzione dell'olio in Umbria è il mese di novembre, il mese di Frantoi Aperti. Tutti i fine settimana del mese, i frantoi che aderiscono alla manifestazione, organizzano degli eventi a cui puoi partecipare: visite guidate, degustazioni, concerti e tanto altro. Il programma degli eventi cambia di edizione in edizione ed attira ogni anno turisti da tutta Italia; per maggiori informazioni visita il sito: http://frantoiaperti.net/.

Negli altri mesi dell'anno i frantoi della zona che fanno parte della Strada dell'Olio in Umbria sono pronti ad accoglierti, previa prenotazione (qui, l'elenco dei frantoi aderenti).

 

 

Non ti resta che partire, buon appetito!


Exploring Monte Subasio by motorbike
L’Ombrie en moto

Exploring Monte Subasio by motorbike

Exploring Monte Subasio by motorbike

If you're not daunted by hairpin bends, get on your motorbike and follow this itinerary around the ones on Subasio, visiting some of the most important locations for Franciscans, along roads that area surrounded by expanses of olive groves.

 

The route begins in Spello, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy; take the Statale 147 and head towards Capitan Loreto and San Vitale. From San Vitale start climbing towards Monte Subasio. This easily accessible and scenic road, leads first to the Eremo delle Carceri, the perfect place for a break, with its holm oaks and its mystical and relaxing silence. Don't miss the chance to visit the natural grottoes where saints and hermits withdrew in prayer and meditation. The journey continues towards Assisi, which you will reach in only a few minutes, travelling along a road completely surrounded by greenery that will take you to the Porta Cappuccini entrance. Then continue along the Strada provinciale 251, heading down towards the centre of Assisi, until you reach the turning for the Statale 444 which will take you back towards the Parco del Monte Subasio. From here, continue towards Valtopina. There you can decide whether to continue with the trip or stop for a walk in the woods and meadows or around the numerous castles located in the area: the Castello del Poggio (which was until the beginning of the century, used to house the Palazzo Municipale- the town hall), and those of Gallano, Santa Cristina, Pasano and Serra.

 

Leaving Valtopina, you again re-enter the Parco del Monte Subasio, taking the strada provinciale 249 towards San Giovanni and Armenzano, returning to Assisi, after a countless series of hairpin bends, where your journey by motorbike ends and a new journey in art and spirituality begins.

 

Source:

http://www.mototurismodoc.com/itinerari-moto/itinerari-moto-scheda.php?recordid=149


Get married in Umbria
Lieux de la culture

Get married in Umbria

Get married in Umbria among ancient villages, enchanted castles and the beauty of the nature.

Our area, abounding in historic, artistic and natural beauty, is an ideal destination to hold your wedding.


Umbria is without doubt one of the most interesting regions in Italy, a land of ancient traditions, splendid landscapes and full of ancient villages with walls, towers, alleys and evocative churches.

Here are a few tips to celebrate your wedding.

If you are looking for a romantic ceremony, our region is the ideal spot: luxurious locations, fascinating villas, ancient castles, countryside residences and – why not – a medieval-style wedding with ancient costumes, dances and dishes of the local tradition.

Perugia, Spello, Spoleto, Orvieto, Gubbio, Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco are just some of the cities with enchanting churches and unforgettable sights. Why not choose Terni, home of St. Valentine, an emblematic city of lovers. Some couples even choose to marry on the 14th of February, St. Valentine's day.

If you love a symbol of the force of nature, the Cascate delle Marmore (Marmore Waterfalls), among the highest in Europe, are the ideal place: the pounding water combines with the green of the surrounding environment, giving you an unforgettable backdrop for your "I do"!

For a peaceful atmosphere, the Lago Trasimeno (Trasimeno Lake) is absolutely the ideal, because the surface of the lake, mirroring the surrounding hills, offers reassuring romantic horizons for elegant ceremonies. The splendid islands, Maggiore and Polvese, make the lake even more precious and could be the ideal place for your exclusive wedding. Board all your guests in a boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery immortalised by Perugino.

For an unusual wedding we suggest the smallest theatre in the world, located in Monte Castello di Vibio, with 99 seats, or the Fonti del Clitunno (Clitunno spring), praised by different poets fascinated by its sweet waters, as well as by its weeping willows and by the evocative presence of the early Christian temple.

These are just some of the many places that Umbria offers for an unforgettable ceremony.


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L'art en Ombrie

Da Assisi a Spello sulle tracce di Giotto

Da Assisi a Spello sulle tracce di Giotto

L'Umbria dell'arte non ti deluderà neppure in questo percorso alla scoperta di uno degli artisti italiani più importanti e conosciuti in tutto il mondo: ti conduciamo in un percorso alla scoperta delle opere di Giotto.

 

 

In Umbria l'opera maggiormente conosciuta è la Basilica superiore di Assisi, all'interno della Basilica di San Francesco. Entra nella chiesa e subito verrai catturato dalla maestria del pittore fiorentino: si tratta di una delle prime opere di Giotto, dipinta appena settant'anni dopo la morte del santo.

 

Intorno a te, le ventotto scene in cui Giotto codificò la vita di san Francesco: parti dalla prima "Omaggio dell'uomo semplice" e segui la linea dei colori che ti mostrerà San Francesco visto dagli occhi del pittore. Ora scendi nella Basilica Inferiore e dirigiti alla Cappella di San Nicola. La cappella, eretta per ospitare la tomba di Giovanni Orsini, ha dei bellissimi affreschi dipinti da discepoli di Giotto, come il Maestro di San Nicola, autore delle storie del santo, e il Maestro espressionista di Santa Chiara. Gli affreschi sono datati al primo decennio del secolo XIV. Nell'imbotte dell'arcone e nelle pareti vicine, puoi osservare i bellissimi affreschi della storia di San Nicola. Fermati anche ad osservare l'abside dove si trova un bellissimo coro ligneo goticizzante, intagliato e intarsiato da Apollonia Petrocchi da Ripatransone.

A qualche chilometro da Assisi, su dei dolci pendii collinari, si trova il bellissimo centro storico di Spello: la tua prossima tappa è la Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo. Nel transetto sinistro dell'antica chiesa romanica, si conservano alcuni affreschi tra i quali, molto interessante perché vicina al linguaggio pittorico giottesco, è la "Madonna con il Bambino in trono, due angeli, Sant'Antonio abate, San Giacomo pellegrino e due committenti". Sull'altare maggiore si trova l'opera più vicina al Giotto assisiate tra tutte quelle prodotte in Umbria: il Crocefisso attribuito al Maestro espressionista di Santa Chiara, pittore della scuola di Giotto, che lavorava in Umbria tra la fine del duecento e l'inizio del trecento. Questo è uno dei primi esempi di crocefisso sofferente, introdotto proprio da Giotto e per il quale è conosciuto in tutto il mondo.


Le chemin Lauretano
Trekking
Chemins

Le chemin Lauretano

En marche entre nature et esprit, à la découverte d’un muséé à ciel ouvert de lieux, parcours et mémoires.

Ne manquez pas ce parcours qui connecte deux « monumentales » destinations de pèlerinage, Assisi et Loreto, et il fait partie d’un ancien tracé qui conduisait jusqu’à Rome : le parcouraient les fidèles pour aller rendre visite dans la ville des Marches le Sanctuaire de la Sainte Maison de Marie. Plus qu’un chemin, c’est un musée à ciel ouvert de lieux, parcours et mémoire, long 150 km et divisé en sept étapes, chacune d’environ 22 km, qui pour la beauté des paysages restera dans votre cœur longuement.

Nous vous proposons quelques – unes des étapes du chemin lauretano qui s’étend sur le territoire de l’Ombrie et partiellement dans les Marches. Vous pouvez les entreprendre toutes ou seulement une, selon votre feuille de route. La chose important est que vous choisissiez de prendre la route en automne ou au printemps, les meilleures saisons pour une aventure à pied dans la nature. Un petit conseil : faites attention au tracé pas toujours visible. Seulement depuis quelque mois en effet ont commencé les travaux de réhabilitation qui prévoient l’aménagement de poteaux balisage en bois et de totem avec l’indication du parcours et avec les informations historiques et culturelles sur ce territoire. 

Partez d’Assisi vers Spello long de la Route Nationale 444 et rejoignez l’abbaye de Saint Benedetto al Subasio. D’ici, avec une promenade de plus de trois heures pour une dizaine de km avec un dénivelé maximum en amont de 340 mètres, vous pouvez bénéficier de la côte du Mount Subasio, parmi des bois de taillis et des oliveraies, qui vous envoie sur la plaine ci – dessous en vous essayant en un rien de temps au – dessus de Spello et en vous offrant une belle et inattendue vue du bourg.

La deuxième étape, pour ceux qui sont les plus entrainés et les plus motivés, commence par Spello sur le plateau de Colfiorito pour plus de huit heures en marche avec un dénivelé en amont d’environ mille mètres.


C’est surement l’étape la plus difficile de tout le parcours, avec une longueur d’environ 29 km parmi des chemins de terre et des sentiers peu battus, mais vous le saurez apprécier pour la beauté de ses paysages solitaires qui de la Vallée de Spoleto et des collines de Spello ils grimpent sur l’Apennin et le traversent. Vous emprunterez des zones cultivées, des bois et des pâturages jusqu’à toucher la palude de Colfiortio, un écrin précieux de biodiversité.

Nous vous conseillons la visite à l’Église de Santa Maria di Plestie de style proto – roman, qui se trouve sur la frontière entre l’Ombrie et les Marches : l’édifice se trouve dans la Mairie de Serravalle di Chienti, alors que le parvis est situé dans la Mairie de Foligno.

La troisième étape, après avoir traversé la plaine de Colfiorito et l’haute partie de la Vallée du Chienti, elle entre dans les Marches. Maintenant vous pouvez choisir entre deux parcours du chemin Lauretano: ce qui porte à Camerino, pour environ 23 km et six heures de chemin avec un dénivelé en amont de 600 mètres, ou celui pour Muccia, 18 km pour plus de 4 heures et demi de chemin avec un dénivelé en amont de 350 mètres.

D’ici à Loreto il y a encore 80 km de chemin en passant pour Belforte del Chienti, Tolentino et Macerata, mais quelle que soit votre décision – continuer ou terminer la marche – vous vous sentirez mieux, dans le corps, dans la tête et dans l’esprit. 

Pour plus d’informations:
www.camminilauretani.eu 
www.umbriafrancescoways.eu


Les identifiants du Pèlerin Lauretano (Charta Pelegrini Lauretani) sont délivrés par la Confraternité des Très Saintes Stigmates de Saint François (www.sacrestimmate.it) auprès des lieux religieux spécifiquement autorisés ou selon des modalités sur internet, aussi en collaboration avec Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

 

Assise, Spello et les rampes dures du Subasio
Vélo Tout Terrain

VTT 21 - Assise, Spello et les rampes dures du Subasio

Difficulté
Difficile
Dénivelé
1100 m
Distance
34,5
Faire du vélo dans l'écrasante beauté des paysages du Parc régional du Mont Subasio, se rafraîchir le corps et l'esprit dans les atmosphères suggestives de villages fascinants comme Assise et Spello.

Départ: Assise
Arrivée: Assise
Distance: 34,5 km
Dénivelé : 1100 m
Difficulté : difficile
Sol: 60% route en terre, 40% asphalte
Sites touristiques: Assise, Spello, Sainte Marie des Anges, Basilique de Rivotorto, Ermitage des Prisons, Parc régional du Mont Subasio.

Cet itinéraire fascinant mais difficile part de la Place Matteotti, dans la partie supérieure d'Assise. L'itinéraire, d'un peu moins de 35 kilomètres, est caractérisé par la montée difficile et raide du mont Subasio, qui présente par endroits des pentes de plus de 20 % et ne convient donc qu'aux cyclistes ayant un bon niveau d'entraînement. Si vous souhaitez " alléger " certaines des difficultés de l'itinéraire, vous pouvez également l'aborder en sens inverse: vous devez toujours gravir le mont Subasio, mais la pente est moins forte du côté de Spello.

En quittant la Place Matteotti, tournez immédiatement à droite et suivez les indications pour le Mont Subasio: en quittant la Porte Cappuccini, vous commencerez immédiatement la montée vers le sommet. Comme le départ est tout de suite très exigeant, nous vous recommandons de vous échauffer quelques minutes, peut-être en visitant le centre d'Assise, avant de commencer le parcours. Après 300 mètres, juste après la Porte Cappuccini, tournez à gauche et suivez le sentier n° 50: la première partie de l'ascension est certainement la plus difficile et peut même vous obliger à poser le pied à terre en raison de la pente et des inégalités du terrain. L'ascension, constamment ombragée par une forêt dense, mène en un peu moins de 6 kilomètres à Gli Stazzi, presque au sommet du mont Subasio. Ici, quittez le bois et traversez la route goudronnée, en continuant sur le chemin de terre à mi-hauteur de la montagne.

À ce stade, la partie la plus difficile de l'itinéraire est déjà derrière vous et le chemin, qui passe juste en dessous du sommet de Subasio, vous récompensera de votre effort en vous offrant des vues absolument époustouflantes. Du kilomètre 8,5 au kilomètre 12,5, vous empruntez une piste unique avant de rejoindre le chemin de terre qui descend sur 5 kilomètres jusqu'à Collepino (km 17,4). De retour sur l'asphalte et en tournant à droite, vous continuez à descendre à travers les oliveraies vers Spello, où un arrêt s'impose pour visiter le centre historique. 

De Spello, continuez à droite et, à 22,7 km, tournez à droite sur la Route des Oliviers et suivez-la jusqu'à Capodacqua (25,9 km). Quittez à nouveau la route goudronnée et commencez la deuxième partie rugueuse du parcours, qui monte à travers les oliveraies jusqu'à 28,4 km. A partir de là, vous continuez à pédaler dans une succession de montées et de descentes le long de la route principale en terre battue jusqu'au km 30,3. À un carrefour, tournez à droite puis immédiatement à gauche dans la Rue Borghettaccio. À 30,8 kilomètres, tournez à gauche et retrouvez la route goudronnée qui, en quelques kilomètres, vous ramène à la route principale (km 33) où, en tournant à droite, vous montez vers le centre d'Assise.
 

 


La beauté du paysage qui caractérise cet itinéraire, qui se développe en grande partie dans le parc régional de Mont Subasio, vous récompensera de tous vos efforts. Le centre historique d'Assise, classé au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, est une étape incontournable de cet itinéraire. Vous pourrez y visiter la basilique de Sainte Chiara, le couvent de Saint-Dominique et la splendide basilique de Saint-François. Juste à l'extérieur des murs, dominant la ville, se trouve la superbe forteresse Rocca Maggiore, reconstruite en 1367 par le cardinal Albornoz sur le site d'une structure précédente (1174) d'un ancien château féodal. Le centre de Spello mérite également une visite: bien que présentant des caractéristiques médiévales, cette ville a conservé de nombreux vestiges de l'époque où elle était une colonie romaine, comme le théâtre, l'amphithéâtre, les thermes et l'arc d'Auguste. Parmi les édifices religieux notables, citons l'église de Santa Maria Maggiore (12e-13e siècle), qui contient des trésors artistiques tels que des fresques de Pintoricchio et des peintures du Pérugin. À l'extérieur de Spello se trouve la Villa Fidelia (XVIe siècle), construite sur le site du temple de Vénus, du théâtre et des thermes, qui abrite une riche collection de peintures, de sculptures et d'antiquités.

De Spello à Assise sur la route des oliviers.
Vélo de route

ROUTE 06 - De Spello à Assise sur la route des oliviers.

Difficulté
Facile
Dénivelé
400 m
Distance
24 km
Dans l'une des zones les plus fascinantes et les plus connues de l'Ombrie, où les beautés artistiques et culturelles d'Assise et de Spello rencontrent le charme des paysages entre le mont Subasio et la plaine de Foligno.
Départ Spello
Arrivée Spello
Distance 24 km
Dénivelé 400 m
Difficulté Facile
Sol asphalt
Vélo recommandé de route, hybride
Sites touristiques Spello, Assisi, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Rivotorto, Villa Fidelia.


En raison de sa courte distance et de sa très légère dénivellation, cet itinéraire est certainement à la portée de tous : il faut partir de la partie haute de la ville de Spello, précisément en sortant de la Porte Montanara et en suivant les indications pour Pérouse, sans prendre la route qui va vers Collepino et le Mont Subasio. 

Prendre la Rue Poeta et rester à gauche à la première bifurcation : après environ 300 mètres, prendre la Rue degli Ulivi sur la droite. Il s'agit de l'un des tronçons les plus suggestifs de l'itinéraire, avec une route qui coupe le flanc de la montagne sur plusieurs kilomètres et traverse une splendide oliveraie, comme son nom l'indique. Au carrefour du kilomètre 3,3, continuez tout droit vers Capodacqua, en restant sur la droite et en n'empruntant pas les nombreuses petites routes qui descendent sur la gauche. 

Au kilomètre 6,5, après avoir atteint Viole, prenez la SS147 qui monte vers Assisi, toujours en pente douce. Après trois kilomètres, au rond-point situé juste à la sortie du centre d'Assise, tournez à gauche en direction de Sainte Marie des Anges et de la Basilique de Saint François : si vous continuez tout droit, vous pourrez visiter la partie la plus haute de la ville et ensuite descendre vers le centre, en vous arrêtant éventuellement pour prendre un café. Au kilomètre 9,8, immédiatement après le grand parking sur la droite, tournez à gauche dans la descente raide vers Rivotorto et Saint Damiano. À la fin de la descente, traverser la rue Francesca et continuer tout droit sur la rue Salette jusqu'à la jonction avec la route principale au kilomètre 12,8. Ici, tournez à gauche : après environ 400 mètres, vous trouverez la basilique de Rivotorto. De là, repartir et continuer tout droit sur la route principale qui longe la quatre voies, en continuant tout droit même à la jonction à 15,5 kilomètres.

Au kilomètre 17, vous traversez Capodacqua, alors qu'au kilomètre 20, vous passez devant la Villa Fidelia, une stupéfiante construction édifiée au XVIe siècle et enrichie au XVIIIe siècle par un magnifique jardin à l'italienne. Après environ un kilomètre et demi, revenez à Spello et, en suivant les indications pour le centre de la ville, remontez jusqu'au point de départ.


Spello, ancienne colonie romaine, période dont on peut encore admirer les vestiges du théâtre, de l'amphithéâtre, des murailles, des thermes et de l'Arc d'Auguste, est l'un des villages les plus fascinants à visiter le long de cet itinéraire. Le centre historique de Spello présente des caractéristiques médiévales, mais a conservé de nombreux témoignages de l'époque où la ville était une colonie romaine, comme le théâtre, l'amphithéâtre, les thermes et l'arc d'Auguste, l'ancienne porte de l'acropole. Parmi les édifices religieux, l'église de Santa Maria Maggiore (12e-13e siècle) est remarquable, avec de grands trésors artistiques à l'intérieur : sur le côté gauche de la nef se trouve la splendide chapelle Baglioni décorée de fresques de Pintoricchio, ainsi que de peintures du Pérugin et d'un ancien sol en majolique de Deruta. À la sortie de Spello se trouve la splendide Villa Fidelia (XVIe siècle), construite à l'emplacement du temple de Vénus, du théâtre et des thermes, qui abrite une riche collection de peintures, de sculptures et d'antiquités. La visite d'Assise et de la basilique Saint-François, mieux décrite dans l'itinéraire ROUTE 23, est incontournable, tout comme le parc régional de Mont Subasio et la basilique de Rivotorto.

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L'art en Ombrie

The Duchy of the Longobards

A journey inside the Longobard Duchy of Spoleto

When the Longobards arrived in Umbria they found a rich and varied land. Over time, their occupation of the area created a new culture with distinctive traits, a culture about which, truth be told, not much is really known. Your journey to visit these places long fought over by the Longobards and the Byzantines begins in Spoleto, chosen as the capital of the Duchy in 576. Of the landmarks, the most impressive is the Basilica di San Salvatore, an extant paleo-Christian Church beautifully decorated by talented Longobard chisellers. This basilica is one of the most important remains of this culture and is part of the network of Italian Longobard sites belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The nearby Tempietto di Campello sul Clitunno is also a UNESCO site and well worth a visit. Drive towards the little town of Campello sul Clitunno, the little temple is just outside of it on the banks of the eponymous river. It too is dedicated to San Salvatore, and you will note a recurrence of some of the decorative elements you saw in the earlier church. Together with the nearby Fonti del Clitunno, already famous in ancient times for its delightful tranquillity and mentioned in a solemn ode written by Giosuè Carducci, this stop offers a gorgeous route where the sacred and natural are inseparably united in a timeless dimension. 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.


Le Chemin de saint François

Via di Roma: from La Verna to Rome in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi

From La Verna to Assisi and Rome through the Sacred Valley of Rieti

A unique journey of around 500 km, incorporating La Verna, Assisi, the Holy Valley of Rieti and Rome

The Via di Francesco - Via di Roma, between Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, link together "places" that witnessed the life and teachings of St Francis of Assisi.

The 23 stages of the journey, with a choice of several detours, start from the sacred mountain of La Verna. The journey takes you to places that St Francis passed through and prayed in: the hermitage of Montecasale, Sansepolcro, Citerna, Città di Castello, Pietralunga, Gubbio and Valfabbrica, ending in Assisi. Here you will have the opportunity to rest and meditate at the tomb of St Francis in the Basilica dedicated to him. However, we recommend finding time to visit the many places that preserve the memory of his life and message.

Then on to Rome, crossing the Spoleto Valley, much loved by Francis, who exclaimed: Nihil iucundius vidi valle mea spoletana (I've never seen anything more pleasing than my spoletina valley). Abbeys, churches and monasteries testify to the spiritual charm of this stretch of the Way, which passes through historical towns rich in art and history: Spello, Foligno, Trevi and Spoleto. You continue across the Valnerina valley through the villages of Ceselli, Arrone and Piediluco. It is possible to take a detour to Terni and the Marmore Waterfall.

Leaving Umbria for Lazio, the Way leads you to the main sanctuaries in the Holy Valley of Rieti, much loved by Francis: Greccio; Fonte Colombo; La Foresta and Poggio Bustone. From Rieti, you will start the last 100 km towards Rome, the cradle of Christianity and the destination of pilgrims from all over the world.


On the website www.viadifrancesco.it, you will find all the stages, with maps, descriptions of the route, gradients, GPS coordinates and a list of resting places and specialised accommodation for pilgrims. Don't forget to ask for the Pilgrim's Card.

 

Signposting

The Tuscany section of the Via di Francesco is indicated by CAI signage (white and red signs). In Umbria and Lazio, the path is well signposted with the colours of the Way: yellow and blue signs will guide you first to Assisi, then into the Holy Valley of Rieti and on to Rome.


Discovering Hispellum,
Histoire ancienne
Trekking urbain

Discovering Hispellum, "Splendidissima Colonia Julia"

Hispellum: a journey among the remains of the "Splendidissima Colonia Julia"

Lying on the southern slope of the Subasio Mountain, between Assisi and Foligno, Spello is part of the club of “Italy's most beautiful villages”, thanks to its rich environmental, cultural and artistic heritage.

An ancient centre of Umbrian origin, it was elevated to Roman municipality in 90 B.C.: remembered as "Splendidissima Colonia Julia", the town known today for flowers preserves important and impressive evidence of the Roman period which combine perfectly with its current medieval urban aspect.

 

The Venus Gate and Properzio Towers

The Venus Gate was erected in the Augustan age. In the 17th century some local historians closely related it with the remains of a temple devoted to Venus, that were discovered at the Villa Fidelia, outside the external Spello town walls. Indeed its name derives from the “Triumphal” street (as evidenced in an inscription found in Bevagna in 1589) surmounted by the gate and that connected this temple to the city centre.

The two towers flanking the gate and linked by an ancient tradition to the name of the Roman poet, are generally considered to be of medieval origin. Likewise legendary is the identification of the tower on the top of the gate with the place where Orlando was imprisoned.

The gate, with three supporting arches, is adorned by pilasters of Doric order, placed between the arches.

It’s also has a cavaedium, a fortified building equipped with a double door. The area around the complex was once rich with other buildings whose remains are currently visible in the cellars of the houses winding through via Torri di Properzio (the presence of a cryptoporticus-a covered passageway-should also be noted).

 

The Roman Amphitheatre

It was probably built in the first century A.D. on an area that in ancient times had several sacred buildings, located along the road linking the nearby Flaminia Road to the internal centres of Asisium, Arna and Perusia.

A symbol of the Roman colony’s glorious period, today you can still see the hints of steps and sections of the original road surface. Furthermore there are quite a few remains of the wall built mainly in opus vittatum (quadrangular blocks on the surface with the inner core made of concrete mortar).

The whole structure was originally of notable dimensions: about 16 m high with two rows of tiers, the major axis of the ellipse of 59.20 m, the minor axis of 35.52 m.

 

The Roman Arch

Traditionally the Arch allowed the communication of the upper part of the town with Mt. Subasio. It’s also known as Gate of Arce and as the Capuchin Gate, because of its proximity, respectively, to the remains of Federico I Barbarossa’s fortress and to the Capuchin Monastery of St. Severino.

It probably dates back to the pre-Augustan age, has just a single passage and a drainage slot. It is still partially underground, indeed the bottom of the doorway is about 1 m below the road level. Located in the highest point of the town, it was closed with a portcullis. The transit point for the communication with Mt. Subasio was placed in the western section of the walls.

 

Walls

Following Via Roma, it’s possible to walk along a tract of the Augustan walls, among one of the best-preserved ancient fortified structures in Italy.

The walls ran for about 2 km and were built in limestone from Mt. Subasio, much of which was reused in the Medieval period.

The Via Roma leads to the Urbica gate, dating back to the Augustan age and provided with a Tuscan order opening. nbsp

 

Villa Fidelia

The villa is located not far from the Spello historical centre, near the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque Church of St. Claudio.

The very ancient Roman settlement where the villa stands was made up of a wide sacred area hosting the so called Venus temple, the Theatre and the spas. The primitive plan was raised in the 16th century on the orders of the Counts Acuti Urbani of San Lorenzo. In the 18th century the villa was owned by Donna Teresa Pamphili Grillo who transformed and enlarged the residence built by the Urbani and built the Italian-style garden. After her death, the estate was owned at first by the Counts Sperelli and later by the rich landowner Gregorio Piermarini, who made significant transformations and enlargements between 1805 and 1830.

After various vicissitudes, in 1923 the villa was bought by the engineer Decio Costanzi who sold the most ancient part to the Missionary Sisters of Egypt and the remaining part, including the small house, the gardens and outbuildings, to the Province of Perugia.

The most significant aspect of the villa is its extraordinary external areas that gave origin to the Vesuvian garden at the entrance, to the horse track, to the Italian-style garden and to the park with a wood of cypresses.

The focal point of the so called “Vesuvian” or Baroque garden, located near the entrance, is the beautiful fountain with an exhedra, situated in a central position and with a statue representing Diana, goddess of the hunt, and closed on its top with an elegant decoration hiding the tank, adorned with niches and surmounted by a clock. The wide horse track in the shape of a circus was built in the 1900s and was juxtaposed to this particular garden. An older feature is the Italian-style garden, dating back to the 18th century and placed behind the small house. The garden, with a narrow rectangular shape extended over 150 metres, is currently divided into four main flowerbeds double bordered with box hedges and in turn spread over four small flowerbeds.

 

[Source: http://turismo.comune.spello.pg.it/]


Francis Route: North and South Route
Ciclovie
Le Chemin de saint François

St. Francis Way: Northern and Southern Route

An evocative natural and spiritual itinerary crossing Umbria from North to South

The St. Francis Way is an evocative natural and spiritual itinerary crossing Umbria from North to South, passing through some of the most beautiful towns of the region, and above all the most important and significant Franciscan sites.

 

This cycling itinerary should be approached with a pilgrim´s spirit in order to ride in the green, but at the same time immersed in the spirituality and mysticism of these lands, while meeting the local people who will charm you with their welcoming spirit and authenticity.

This route can be made starting either from North or from South, always having as final destination Assisi.

The Northern Route starts from the La Verna sanctuary, in Tuscany, crosses St. Sepolcro, enters Umbria and then goes through Città di Castello, Pietralunga, Gubbio and Perugia before reaching the Sacred Convent of Assisi. It´s an itinerary through wild landscapes, where pilgrims discover little-known places and roads, but requiring a good level of training to overcome a series of challenging uphills.

The Southern Route starts from Piediluco, crosses the villages of the Lower Valnerina such as Arrone, Ferentillo and Scheggino, before reaching Spoleto and then continuing through Trevi, Foligno and Spello. It´s an almost perfect balance among natural beauties as well as cultural and artistic gems, a shorter and less arduous trip than the Northern route.

The Northern and the Southern Route create a fascinating experience in any case, independently from the religious aspect. It´s a journey than anyone can interpret in his/her own way, with a pilgrim's spirit or simply by enjoying the beauty of the itinerary and the natural, artistic, cultural and food and wine excellencies of this area.


Chemins
Le Chemin de saint François
L’Ombrie en moto

Itinerary from Assisi to Gubbio

A journey through the beautiful landscapes of Umbria, connecting two cities with a unique artistic heritage

Are you after authentic and exciting experiences? Umbria has what you're looking for. Whether you like a trail ride on horseback, a hike, or a bike ride, the views you'll find are bound to offer the perfect backdrop to a day of well-being.

The itinerary begins in Assisi, a town which needs no introduction. Here is the famous basilica dedicated to St. Francis, a place of pilgrimage and devotion. As well as pausing at the tomb of the Saint, one can admire some of the world's most famous artistic masterpieces by the likes of Cimabue, Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.

The town is embraced by the majestic Monte Subasio regional Park which is also home to, among other sites, the Carceri hermitage: one of the most mystical and spiritual places in the area.

Leaving Assisi, we move towards Valfabbrica, a historic small town which rose up on the banks of the river Chiascio in the Middle Ages. In between woods, dirt tracks and hills, it is possible to admire the castle of Coccorano, which owes its name to a characteristic local plant which is used as dye. Legend has it that St. Francis himself enjoyed the view from the castle's tower before returning to his path.

From here, we continue, amidst the greenery and occasional castles and small churches, towards the town of Gubbio, on the slopes of the Monte Cucco regional Park. The latter is a real haven of greenery, and it preserves little towns in its depths as if they were gems – for example, Scheggia and Pascelupo, Costacciaro and Sigillo. Nature has been generous here: this is the land of beech-tree forests and waterfalls, caves and small lakes, streams and ample pastures. And in this atmosphere imbued with silence and peace, we find the hermitage of St. Girolamo, the abbey of St. Maria of Stiria, or the Benedictine monastery of St. Andrea. Finally, Mount Cucco is beloved by more daring sportspeople who practice trekking, cross country skiing, paragliding, and speleology.

We thus reach our final destination: Gubbio. Even Dante Alighieri was captivated by the beauty of the town and describes it in one of the canti of the Paradiso. The area is made even more precious by the Topino stream and by the hill named after the town's patron saint, St. Ubaldo.


The locality practically grips onto the steep slope of Mount Ingino, from which one can enjoy breath-taking views. In the city centre, visit the Roman Theatre, the church of St. Francis, located where there once was the palace (or fondaco) of the Spadalonga family, the Palace of the Consuls or the coeval Palace of the Podestà.

Today, Gubbio is famous not just for its cultural richness and beautiful landscape, but also for having offered the backdrop to the Italian TV series Don Matteo. Its narrow alleyways and elegant urban tapestry fascinate and draw many visitors each year. 

Parco del Monte Subasio
Parcs naturels et parcs à thème

Mt Subasio Park

From Assisi to Spello along the trails of Mt. Subasio

From Assisi to Spello , along the trails of Monte Subasio: a long hike that most visitors can do and which connects two medieval Umbrian towns, the Franciscan spirit of the Hermitage, nature and the scenery of the Park. Get to Assisi and prepare yourself for walking over the trail that connects the birthplace of St. Francis to Spello, the town famous for its flower carpets.
Set out from Porta Cappuccini, where a dirt road goes along the old medieval walls of the city and then into the woods. Once you have made it to the top, you'll get to a rest area where you can catch your breath before setting off downhill towards one of the most symbolic places of St. Francis, the Eremo delle Carceri, where he would retreat from civilisation to pray and meditate in the natural caves and under ancient oak trees.
From there you go up again along the Carceri gorge which takes you to the Croce di Sasso Piano, where in springtime you can pick various types of edible mushrooms or simply enjoy the beauty of the forget-me-nots and orchids.
Continue on towards the Rosceto gulley until you reach the Mortaro refuge, an old observatory used during WWII, and then pass the Mortaro Piccolo and Mortaro Grande, two deep limestone indentations which were once used to make and keep ice.
When you get tired, rest and enjoy a sandwich made with pan caciato, or pan nociato, breads typical of the area, perhaps with some tasty percorino cheese flavoured with bits of walnut.
Go downwards to Fonte Bregno, where you can take another break next to the river, and then towards Fosso Renaro to then reach Sasso la Botte, after having gone through the woods. You are about to begin the last leg of your walk, starting with an ascent along the slopes of Monte Pietrolungo to reach Poggio Caselle. From here go downwards through the olive groves towards Fonte Bulgarella and you'll soon be at the gates of Spello.
Part of the route you will have walked coincides with the yellow/blue marked trail of the Franciscan Way, which you can follow along the full length of the park.
For those of you who want to get some serious adrenaline flowing, Subasio Park is a great place to go hang-gliding: why not fly in the sky over Assisi?


Italy Coast2Coast
Trekking
Ciclovie

Italy Coast2Coast

From the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian Sea, through Umbria, on foot and by bike

Italy Coast to Coast is a tricolour “Route 66”, to be covered on foot or by bike, along paths, unpaved roads or virtually traffic-free streets. It is a real journey to the discovery of Italy, with its hermitages, its ancient streets and buried cities, its characters, traditions, ancient cultures and unique sites.

 

The itinerary

 

The itinerary is about 400 km long and crosses four Regions (Marche, Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany), creating a highly panoramic route that is rich in nature, history, art and spirituality.
It’s possible to cover it both on foot and by bike. The pedestrian route is 410 km long and it develops in 18 daily stages along paths, cart roads and secondary roads. The stages are conceived according to the distances (the average length is 23 km), the gradients and the accommodation facilities. Instead, the cycling route is 440 km long and can be divided into 9 stages.
The itinerary starts in Portonovo, reaches Osimo and from here, through the Marche hills, arrives at Filottrano and Treia, for then continuing towards first San Severino Marche and then Pioraco.
Going up the valley of the Potenza river, the itinerary reaches Nocera Umbra and, once it went round the Subasio Mountain, it arrives at Assisi, the first important destination of the Coast to Coast.
It crosses the Umbrian Valley through Bevagna and Gualdo Cattaneo, until Todi and from there, through the Tiber River Park, it goes deep into a breathtaking nature. From the Civitella del Lago’s natural balcony the itinerary moves towards Orvieto, an Etruscan town lying on an imposing tufa cliff.
The route crosses an Etruscan road and then a Roman one, then it heads towards Bolsena, continuing along a stretch of the Francigena route and then reaches Onano, in the hills of Viterbo.
The next stages lead to Sorano, Pitigliano, Manciano and Capalbio, until Orbetello, the final stage of the Coast to Coast.

 

The stages in Umbria

The Coast to Coast in the Green Heart of Italy starts from Nocera Umbra, located along the Flaminia Road connecting Foligno and Gualdo Tadino, on the summit of a rocky spur which overlooks the upper valley of the Topino river. The natural waters are the most significant resource of the area: its therapeutic qualities have been known since the 16th century, when plants, collection and transport systems were built.
Then the itinerary goes on from Nocera Umbra towards Assisi that, lying on the slopes of Mount Subasio, is famous as the town of St. Francis and St. Claire as well as the universal centre of the Franciscan message of peace and brotherhood. Assisi, built with the typical pinkish stone of Mount Subasio, creates for all visitors an atmosphere of deep spirituality in the places made unique in the world by its history and its Saints’ faith.
Leaving Assisi, the Coast to Coast heads towards Cannara, on the left side of the river Topino, in the heart of the Umbrian Valley’s Plain. According to the tradition, the name comes from the presence of abundant reed thickets that formerly grew along the Topino’s swampy area.
The following stage is Bevagna, situated at the western border of Foligno’s plain, at the foot of a group of hills where Montefalco is also located, near the bend of the river Timia. The hill of the Umbrian Valley where the city stands is surrounded by a fertile plain rich in waters and planted with wheat, vineyards and olive trees. It is part of the “Italian most Beautiful Villages” Club thanks to its significant environmental, cultural and artistic heritage.
After Bevagna, the itinerary reaches Gualdo Cattaneo, a medieval village perched on a hill on the slopes of the Martani Mountains in a particularly impressive position. The name of the place derives from “Wald” (forest, wood) and confirms the richness in forests surrounding this territory.
The next stage after Gualdo is Todi, a wonderful art city standing on a high hill overlooking the Middle Tiber Valley. Thanks to its historical, artistic and architectural richness, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Umbria.
The itinerary leaves Todi, crosses a street along which it’s possible to admire luxuriant woods rich in fauna and deep karst chasms, and reaches Baschi, placed on the summit of a rocky spur which overlooks the Tiber valley, not far from the confluence with the river Paglia.
The Coast to Coast ends in Orvieto (in Umbria), a charming town of Etruscan origins rising on an imposing tufa cliff. The town, that has a significant artistic and cultural heritage, brings with it the magic and force of 3000 years of history that are visible on the medieval urban structure that remains unchanged over time. Because of its centuries-old ceramic tradition, it is member of the Italian Association City of the Ceramics (national mark “Artistic and Traditional Ceramics”).

For further information:

www.italiacoast2coast.it

 


Perugina School of Chocolate
Les itinéraires du goût

The Perugina School of Chocolate and the House of Chocolate

The Perugina School of Chocolate and the House of Chocolate

If you wish to spend a sweet day with the family, we suggest that you head towards San Sisto on the outskirts of Perugia and spend some time in the Perugina School of Chocolate.


The Perugina School of Chocolate invites anyone wishing to gain the knowledge of the master chocolatiers and the secrets of perfect chocolate, its processing techniques and its manual tempering, to come to chocolate school. The courses are, for example, “Choco-Cake Design”, “Create and Decorate your bonbon” “Score a goal”, “Lady kisses”, appropriate for both adults and children. The school has 12 workstations with all the necessary processing tools, each able to accommodate 2 people.

The classroom was used to film scenes for Lezioni di cioccolato, the comic movie by Claudio Cupellini with Violante Placido, Luca Argentero and Neri Marcorè (2007).

After having attended one of the school’s courses and tasted your sweet creations, you could visit the Perugina House of Chocolate made up of the Historical Museum of Chocolate and the Factory.

Within the museum an itinerary will lead you through the history of the company, the evolution of its precious chocolate, starting from the land producing it, to conclude with the wonderful treats made from it, including the Perugina Baci. The museum also presents important evidence of a century of Italian business history; in fact, it houses the Buitoni Perugina Historical Archive, protected by the Cultural Heritage Agency.

After the visit to the Museum, you taste some of the best and most famous products made by Perugina and then visit the Factory producing Perugina Baci, Easter eggs, chocolate bars and many other well-known products.

For info and bookings visit the website: https://www.perugina.com/it/casa-del-cioccolato/scuola-del-cioccolato/iscrizione-corso