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Assisi

It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare (Chiara d'Offreducci), the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death.
The oldest nucleus, which is protected by a defensive apparatus made up of eight fortified entrance portals and a long belt of town walls, which are still perfectly preserved, is topped by two castles on peak of the mountain: the Major Castle and the Minor Castle. Apart from
Assisi has had a rich tradition of art through the centuries and is now home to a number of well known artistic works and historical religious buildings such as the Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of St. Clare and the Church of St. Peter.
Festival Calendimaggio, held on 1–5 May, is a re-enactment of medieval and Renaissance life in the form of a challenge between the upper faction and the lower faction of the town and includes processions, theatrical presentations, flag-weavers and dances.

Gubbio

Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past.
Three important witnesses of the past are the Tavole Eugubine, one of most important documents referring to the ancient people called Italici, the Roman Theatrejust outside the walls of the town and on which the rests of St. Ubaldo are buried.
Gubbio keeps architectonic masterpieces and important manifestations such as the Palio della Balestra (Racing silk of the Crossbow) and Corsa dei Ceri (Ceri Race).

Norcia

If you love culture and gastronomy, Norcia is a must for your excursions. Famous for being the birthplace of St. Benedict, the founder of Christianity and monaco first of the Benedictine order. Very interesting to visit is the Basilica dedicated to St. Benedict XIV century, restored several times to the damage of earthquakes that have occurred in subsequent periods. Of particular interest is the Cathedral, the Castellina ( a fortress built by Vignola) and the Diocesan Museum, the churches of Sant' Agostino and St. John. And between one visit and another you can then enjoy the distinctive flavors that have made it famous Norcia, such as cold cuts, as well as the renowned truffle and the famous lentils, and then continue the visit of the art enclosed within the walls of this exciting town. Worth noting The Truffle Market Exhibition and Local Products in February and the Feast of St. Benedict in March.

Perugia

Perugia is the capital of Umbria, majestic city, ancient and cosmopolitan at the same time. Its historic center, rich in masterpieces of art and architecture, contains historical monuments such as the Palazzo dei Priori, Piazza IV Novembre and Fontana Maggiore, the fifteenth of the Old University Building, the National Gallery of Umbria. At the opposite end of Corso Vannucci you'll find a famous garden, built on the foundations of the Rocca Paolina, a kind of medieval Pompei.
For cultural events we recommend the famous Umbria Jazz, and the gastronomy Eurochocolate.

Spello

Spello is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, suspended on a spur of Mount Subasio, and overlooking a fertile plain set of spectacular olive trees, from which we extract one of the most valuable and characteristic Umbrian oils. Streets, churches and Palaces are characterized by romanesque, medieval and renaissance architecture.
Wherever you feel the taste of simplicity, the poetry of the flowered balconies and small workshops of artists scattered everywhere. Spello has a wealth of laboratories and workshops ranging from watercolor paintings, sculptures in wood and stone, to the work in lace.
In June of each year do not miss the famous Flower Festival of Spello, a unique event in its kind that takes place during the Corpus Christi procession. The floral display attracts many tourists every year to admire the magnificent floral displays that adorn the streets of the entire village.

Spoleto

Spoleto is one of the most ancient and fascinating cities of Umbria. Inhabited since prehistoric times, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned throughout the world for its famous Festival dei Due Mondi, one of the most important artistic and musical events in the international arena. Dominated by the fourteenth-century Rocca Albornoz, one of the most interesting monuments to visit with the Cathedral and its square also the Arch of Drusus and the Roman Amphitheatre.
After a long scenic walk around the fortress, you will come across the Tower Bridge, 236 meters long and 90 high, built towards the end of the twelfth century. Before leaving Spoleto you absolutely must eat a good plate of ragu with black truffle, or dumplings stuffed with ricotta cheese, then taste the Crescionda, sweet typical of ancient Spoleto.

Todi

Todi was founded by the Umbrian people on 2700 before Christ. Later on, before the etrurians and after the romans held the power of the town, and building up a number of monuments, most of which can still be admired.
Even before arriving in Todi if they can see its particularity, it is perched on a hill overlooking the plain below where flows the Tiber. On 1236 Jacopone da Todi was born here, one of the firts poets to write in italian dialect and not in latin. Piazza del Popolo, with its monumental public buildings and the cathedral are definitely one of the most unique municipal achievements of the Umbrian countryside.  On 1500, after a long dark period, the town rised again under the Renaissance influence; dated during this time has to be found the marvelous Consolazione Temple. Do not miss to admire the Palazzo del Capitano, the Palazzo dei Fiori and the Church of San Fortunato.

Umbertide

Umbertide is located in the upper valley of the Tiber River and crossed by the Tiber river and the Royal Palace.
The medieval fortress, now a trade center, is one of the monuments that can be visited, together with the Collegiate Church of St. Mary of the Palace, the church with paintings by Pomarancio, the Gothic church of San Francesco, the church and museum of Santa Croce and the church of Santa Maria, 1486, with a fresco by Pinturicchio.

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