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Montefalco: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening



Surrounded by the vineyards of Montefalco DOCG and Sagrantino, Montefalco is one of the most beautiful villages in Umbria.
Located just 15 minutes from Foligno and less than an hour's drive from Perugia, overlooking the Topino, Tiber and Clitunno valleys, the medieval village welcomes you in aexplosion of colors, flowers and perfumes of the typical cuisine of this wonderfully flourishing land.


Index

  1. What to see in Montefalco
  2. What to see in Montefalco in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Montefalco: the best restaurants
  4. Plan your stay in Montefalco: info and useful tips
  5. User questions and comments

What to see in Montefalco

1 - Town Hall Square

Located at the highest point of Montefalco and known as Piazza del Certame, it has an almost circular plan. Here all the main roads converge of the village, for which it is an excellent starting point for visiting shops and souvenir shops.

The town hall from 1200 with its bell tower added in 1800 (open to visitors), the Municipal theater housed in the former church of San Filippo Neri and many noble palaces, including Palazzo Bernardino de Cuppis, overlook the square.



  • a few minutes' walk from the Porta San Francesco parking area along via Matteotti and via Railhiera Umbra - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Church-Museum of San Francesco

This church-museum is one small but wonderful surprise. The apse shows a perfectly preserved fresco dedicated to the life of the saint, divided into 20 episodes and 12 scenes, made in 1452 by Benozzo Gozzoli. Inside it is also possible to admire another work by the same author: the story of San Girolamo; while in the aedicule to the left of the portal you can see a nativity sculpted by Pietro Vannucci.


  • a few minutes' walk from the Porta San Francesco parking area along via Matteotti and via Railhiera Umbra - Get directions
  • from November to March, from Wednesday to Sunday 10: 30-13: 00/14: 30-17: 00; from April to September 10: 30-18: 00, open until 19 in the months of June, July and August
  • € 7,00

3 - Sanctuary of Santa Chiara della Croce

Inside the sanutario you will find one decorated chapel from valuable frescoes of the fourteenth century and a silver urn in which the body of the saint of Montefalco is preserved (not to be confused with the Santa Chiara D'Assisi).
A cloistered monastery which contains within it works of incredible beauty and the garden of Santa Chiara, once the garden of the complex, today a place for walking and reflection.


  • a few minutes walk from the Porta San Francesco car park along via Matteotti - Get directions
  • 7:00AM - 17:00PM
  • free

4 - Church of Sant'Agostino

Built in the second half of 1200, the church of Sant'Agostino shows an elegant stone facade and a beautiful portal with small columns and capitals.

The interior, consisting of a single nave, shows frescoes of the fourteenth and fifteenth century of the Umbrian school and a case that contains the body of the legendary Pellegrino di Montefalco.

  • a few minutes walk from the Porta San Francesco car park along via Matteotti, via Railhiera Umbra and via Mameli - Get directions
  • 7:00AM - 17:00PM
  • free

5 - Belvedere

Located just in front of Porta della Rocca, outside the walls of the historic village, you will find a panoramic point which well explains why Montefalco was renamed the Railing of Umbria. From here you can admire the intersection of valleys of the Tiber, Clitunno and Topino, the Sagrantino vineyards and a respectable view of the splendid Umbrian hills.


  • from the Porta San Francesco car park it is about a minute on foot - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - The Sagrantino road

Montefalco is one of the villages that are part of the Sagrantino road, together with Gualdo Cattaneo, Giano dell'Umbria, Bevagna e Castel Ritaldi. Exploring these areas will allow you to visit the typical Umbrian DOCG wine vineyards and learn about timeless local history and traditions.


  • Gualdo Cattaneo, Giano dell'Umbria, Bevagna and Castel Ritaldi are all about 10 to 15 minutes from Montefalco
  • always accessible
  • free - tour starting from € 269,00
  • wine tour in Montefalco and Bevagna

7 - The walls of Montefalco

In ancient times he also had a noteworthy castle. Built as a Roman castrum, of which the decumanus maximum and the cardo can still be seen, around the year it was equipped with walls. During the domination of the Papal State it was destroyed but parts of the fortress still remain visible, such as the walls surrounding the village with its four doors: Camiano, Della Rocca, Verziere and Federico II.

  • the remains of the walls, together with the gates, surround the entire village. You can see them walking in the center starting from Porta della Rocca, near the San Francesco Parking - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Church of San Bartolomeo

This church is the oldest in the city. Over the years it has undergone several changes, however it is still visible in the apse area a single lancet window flanked by a mullioned window, adorned with vine shoots.
Inside there are important works of art such as 8 side altars and a high altar which conceals a Madonna with child.


  • to the San Francesco car park, about 10 minutes on foot passing through the Piazza del Comune, via Tempestini and vicolo del Castellano - Get directions
  • 7:00AM - 17:00PM
  • free

9 - "Open cellars" event

Finding yourself in the town of Sagrantino, you certainly cannot miss a visit to Cantine Aperte. The event is held in May and sees protagonists all the cellars of the village and those outside the walls located in the Municipality of Montefalco. During Cantine Aperte you can taste the new wine accompanied by typical snacks.

  • Inside the territory of the Municipality of Montefalco - Get directions
  • in May, opening times vary depending on the winery
  • free visit to the cellars - tour from € 50,00
  • Montefalco wine and oil tours and tastings

10 - "Open mills" event

Montefalco is not just wine. As per the excellent Umbrian tradition, the area also produces high quality extra virgin olive oil. The first week of November you can participate in mills open with workshops and guided tastings, while at the beginning of December the oil mills open their doors again to let you taste thenew oil.

  • in the territory of Montefalco - Get directions
  • in November and December, with times that vary according to the mill
  • free visits and paid tastings depending on the mill
  • Montefalco wine and oil tours and tastings

What to see in Montefalco in one day: recommended itinerary

Leave your car at the Porta San Francesco car park and enjoy the view from the belvedere in front of Door of the Rocca. Walk along via Banister Umbra and Corso Mameli to reach the Beddini pastry bar, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast of homemade cakes and fresh baked goods of the day.
After breakfast, you can head to the Sanctuary of Santa Chiara of the Cross, to visit not only the main structures but also the pleasant garden. Dedicate the morning to visiting the sanctuary, to enjoy the peace that reigns inside it and take advantage of the silence for your gathering in meditation.

At the end of your visit to the sanctuary, reach the Il Coccorone restaurant, passing through via de Cuppis and vicolo del castellano.
After lunch, reach the church of Sant'Agostino to admire the frescoes of the Umbrian fourteenth century. Then head towards the Piazza del Comune and reach the museum complex of San Francesco which contains works of great interest.

Conclude your visit to Montefalco with a dinner at the Federico II wine shop.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Pasticceria Pizzeria Beddini - Get directions
  2. Sanctuary of Santa Chiara della Croce (7: 00-17: 00, free)
  3. Lunch at Il Coccorone restaurant - Get directions
  4. Church of Sant'Agostino (7: 00-17: 00, free)
  5. San Francesco museum complex - website
  6. Dinner at Enoteca Federico II - Get directions

Where to eat in Montefalco: the best restaurants

  1. Il Coccorone Restaurant: rustic atmosphere and truly delicious meat dishes, as well as black truffles, as the Umbrian tradition dictates.
    Average price per person: € 40,00
    Address and contacts: Via Tempestivi, 11, 06036 Montefalco PG - Get directions
  2. Mordecai restaurant: traditional Umbrian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, truffles and game.
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Via Railhiera Umbra, 7, 06036 Montefalco PG - Get directions
  3. Federico II wine shop: restaurant with outdoor tables that also offers cuisine for vegetarians and celiacs, as well as an excellent selection of wine.
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza del Comune, 1, Montefalco - Get directions

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Montefalco

Although in Montefalco you can find a wide choice of wine bars, there are no real nightlife venues. But this is not a problem for those who want to have fun: it will be enough move to Foligno, less than 15 minutes by car, to be spoiled for choice. The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Microclimate Wines & Vinyls: do you love wine and jazz? This venue gives off good vibes with good music with a great glass. Address: Piazza San Domenico, 27, Foligno - Get directions / Facebook page
  • Serendipity Club: electronic music, photo galleries and video interviews with leading artists, make every evening a real event.
    Address: Via delle Industrie 25, Sant Eraclio, Foligno PG - Get directions / Facebook page
  • Supersonic Music Club: commercial music and tribute bands alternate with theme nights and events that range from the most popular musical genres in the 80s.
    Address: Via Andrea Vici, 20 (Zona Paciana), Foligno - Get directions

Plan your stay in Montefalco: info and useful tips

  • the best way is by car. Along the highway that connects the main points of interest in Umbria, you can reach the village of Sagrantino in less than an hour's drive from Perugia.
  • Getting around: certainly on foot, discovering alleys and stairways that open onto unexpected landscapes
  • Where to park: Porta San Francesco car park, practically in front of the main entrance of the town, a few minutes walk from the town square
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Bevagna, for the medieval historical event "Le Gaite" (10 minutes by car). Assisi, for its religious architecture (30 min by car). Foligno (15 min by car). Rasiglia, the town of water (30 min by car)
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