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Assisi. Take time to stroll around the medieval streets that were once home to Francis of Assisi, marvelling at the majestic Basilica and the surrounding views from its position on the slopes of Mount Subasio.
Fonti del Clitunno. Keen to flood Instagram with enchanting images of a serene riverside scene that’s inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Pliny the Younger and Carducci? Then head for the Fonti del Clitunno between the delightful Umbrian towns of Spoleto and Foligno. The Clitunno is a river, which hosts the most delightful springs, gushing from fissures in the rocks, alongside a pond full of ducks and swans. As you sit and gaze at the willows and poplars gently swaying in the breeze, the reflections on the crystal-clear waters that change colour with every season, are quite remarkable. It really is one of the prettiest places. And if you’re feeling a bit peckish, there’s a lovely restaurant with riverside views to enjoy typical Umbrian cuisine, pizzas, ice-cream and the view. Further down the stream, but not included on the same ticket, is the UNESCO Temple of Clitunno, built as a Pagan temple. Romans considered the river sacred. This is a delightful place to stop on your way into Spoleto or Foligno that will calm the soul.
Bevagna is a beautiful walled city that should be explored any time of year. Compared to many other Umbrian towns perched on hills, Bevagna is mainly on the same level, which is handy considering how many sites there are to visit. The main piazza itself is surrounded by several churches boasting fantastic frescoes, there’s fountains, buildings housing mosaics and the remains of a Roman theatre. And, don’t forget the local restaurants and bars serving fresh local produce. Mmm.
Perguia. It is the headline act. Key attractions include its Piazza IV Novembre, an idyllic centre of congregation for both locals and tourists, its Palazzo dei Priori, often described as one of Italy’s greatest buildings, Basilica di San Francesco, a World Heritage Site, and The National Gallery of Umbrian Art, encompassing work from Perugino and Beato Angelico. You will struggle to find greater attractions than these. They boast true masterpieces of Italian art.
Spello. Words that may be associated with such a place may include cute, charming, endearing. It is an ancient town that you would see on an Italian postcard. Its churches are like museums, its houses look like part of a flower show. Indeed, Umbria’s flower town, as it is affectionately known, boasts examples of Romanesque architecture in buildings such as San Claudio in a setting of natural beauty. It is a must-see part of a must-visit region.
Todi. The Italian press have widely reported it as the world’s most livable city. Alongside traditional attractions of the Gothic Cathedral and the Palazzo del popolo, the true treat of Todi is heading outwards to the infinite surprises and mysteries of the Frazioni, a collection of 39 small villages such as Montenero and Izzalini with a range of castles, fortresses and countryside views.
Norcia should be explored. This pretty little place with its piazzas and meandering streets is perfect for strolling around, and should you find yourself a little peckish, a lunch or supper here will lead you to gastronomic heaven. Being part of the green heart of Italy, local produce from the surrounding countryside is thrown together to produce a fresh, sumptuous meal that will stay in your mind way beyond your departure from this lovely town.