More towns and villages beautiful in Umbria

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In Umbria, history and nature are perfectly combined. Characterized by hilly landscapes and thick woods, the region is full of castles and medieval villages among Most beautiful villages in Italy, evidence of a historical past. Let's find out together which are the most fascinating villages ...

NB: The following list is the result of a survey that actively involved Community members. Over 10.000 users were asked to express 20 preferences, choosing from the proposals of the editorial staff.


  1. Spello, Perugia
  2. Massa Martana, Perugia
  3. Acquasparta, Terni
  4. Bevagna, Perugia
  5. Panicale, Perugia
  6. Orvieto, Terni
  7. Montefalco, Perugia
  8. Castiglione del Lago, Perugia
  9. Montone, Perugia
  10. Assisi, Perugia
  11. Gubbio, Perugia
  12. Todi, Perugia
  13. Norcia, Perugia
  14. Ferentillo, Terni
  15. Spoleto, Perugia
  16. Lugnano in Teverina, Terni
  17. Cascia, Perugia
  18. Corciano, Perugia
  19. Amelia, Terni
  20. San Gemini, Terni
  21. User questions and comments

1 - Spello, Perugia

Spello, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, was defined by the emperor Augustus as "Splendidissima Colonia Julia", and was quoted by D'Annunzio in one of his poems.

Located at the foot of Mount Subasio, with a panoramic tour you can admire what remains of the walls and the various archaeological remains found are the testimony of the importance that the town had in the past. Devastated during the descent of the Barbarians, it was subsequently part of the Duchy of Spoleto, and then passed into the hands of the Papacy. In the fourth century Spello was a bishopric and in the early Middle Ages, it was part of the vast diocese of Spoleto for a very long time.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and autumn are the best times in addition to the manifestation of the Spello infiorate (ninth Sunday after Easter).
  • What to see in and around the city: Porta dell'Arce or dei Cappuccini, Town Hall, Baglioni Palace, Urbani Palace, Tega Chapel, Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Sant'Andrea. The city of Foligno is 11 min
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2 - Massa Martana, Perugia

Massa martana has the distinction of being surrounded by thick woods, formed by Mediterranean scrub. The presence of the Romans in the area is testified by the Fonnaia Bridge, which dates back to the third century BC

Near the town it is possible to visit a catacomb system of the III-V century AD The village, starting from the I to the V century AD, it was the home of numerous saints, including from S. Felice, to Fidenzio to Terenzio, to Faustino, holy Illuminata. Devastated during the Gothic-Byzantine wars, Massa Martana found new life under the rule of Spoleto.

  • Ideal time for a visit: always, pleasant climate and scarce rains. During the Christmas period, the characteristic Christmas markets take place; Nociata takes place on the second Sunday of December, an event in honor of the typical nougat
  • What to see in and around the city: medieval gate, historic center, church of the Madonne della Pace, church of San Felice, church of Santa Maria in Pantano, church of Santa Maria della Concezione. The village of Acquasparta is 14 min away
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3 - Acquasparta, Terni

The name Acquasparta probably derives from the Latin Aquas Partas, given its position between the sources of Amerino and Furapane. In the Middle Ages the village was part of the Terre Arnolfe, and after passing through the various hands of ecclesiastical lords, it was sold to the Cesi family who built the homonymous palace there. The town was also the seat of the reconstituted Accademia dei Lincei.

Today it is possible to admire the restored square and the famous ones amerino spa which, legend has it, were made to flow by St. Francis around 1200. Today it is part of the club The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; in June for the Renaissance Festival; from December 26th to January 1st - 6th for the living nativity scene; in November for the "Novello Wine Festival"
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo Cesi, historic center, Spoleto (18 min)
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4 - Bevagna, Perugia

Bevagna is inserted between the Most beautiful villages in Italy, and between Orange Flags, two of the major awards in the tourism field. Famous for the precious paintings that were produced there, called "bevagne", several films have been shot inside the village, including Music in the square by Mario Mattoli, some scenes from the film Fratello sole, sister moon directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and it was the set of the tv drama Don Matteo 6.

It became a Roman municipality in 90 BC, it became important agricultural and strategic center, thanks to its favorable position. This prosperity will last until the third century AD, in this period it had a considerable building development, and was equipped with a wall. Today it is at the center of wine tours that include Bevagna and Montefalco.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; between April and May for the Medieval Spring and Art on the Table; last two Sundays in June for the Mercato delle Gaite
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo dei Consoli, Piazza Silvestri, Church of San Michele, Church of San Silvestro, Civic Museum, Monastery of Santa Margherita. The village of Montefalco is 10 min
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5 - Panicale, Perugia

Panicale is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy and has been awarded the orange flag from the Italian Touring Club. It is assumed that the origin of Panicale is very ancient, even if there are no certain sources that testify to it.

In the Middle Ages the history of the castle is linked to that of Perugia: in fact Panicale is both an important center for the supply of food, and an outpost towards the west and the Val di Chiana. During the Renaissance period, Panicale experienced a period of economic development, territorial expansion and general well-being, which allowed the creation of various works of art by famous artists.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; last Sunday of October for the Chestnut Festival, first days of September for the Tavernelle and the Feast of the Cob. From July to September for the Morettini Organ Festival. In September from the first weekend to the penultimate weekend for the Pan Opera Festival
  • What to see in and around the city: 18th century fountain, Porta Perugina, Montalera Castle, Church of San Giovanni Battista, oratory of the Arciconfraternita della Morte, Church of the Madonna della Spera. Castiglione del lago is min
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6 - Orvieto, Terni

Perched on a cliff, Orvieto is one of the oldest cities of the whole of Italy and is part of the Cittàslow. Its foundation dates back to the Etruscans, who settled inside the tufaceous caves obtained in the massif on which the town currently stands.

Although the fame of Orvieto is deeply linked to that of its cathedral, the city offers numerous historical-artistic ideas and itineraries, due to its ancient origins.

Together with Assisi, it is a destination for organized one-day tours with departures also from Rome. Very interesting is the tour of the underground which also includes the visit of the well-known cellars of the area.

  • Ideal time for a visit: spring and summer for the climate; Pentecost day for the Feast of Palombella; two Sundays later for the Feast of Corpus Domini with the procession of the reliquary of the Miracle of Bolsena; between late December and early January for Umbria Jazz Winter.
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral, Museums of the Opera del Duomo, Archaeological Museums, Undergrounds of the church of S. Andrea and Bartolomeo, Well of San Patrizio, Pozzo della Cava, Caves The Labyrinth of Hadrian. Orvieto Underground, The Necropolis of the Crucifix of Tufo and Cannicella. Bolsena is 30 min, Todi 45 min and Civita di Bagnoregio 30 min
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7 - Montefalco, Perugia

Montefalco is a village known for wine production, and in fact a wine tour in these areas is recommended. It is part of the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The toponym Montefalco is due to Frederick II of Swabia who, noting the large presence of hawks in the area, changed the name from Coccorone to the current one.

Around 1280 the city was conquered by Todi and, during the period of occupation it began cultivation of grapes for the Grechetto which is combined with the traction of red wine, the construction of the public palace and religious buildings also took place in the same period.

  • Ideal time for a visit: on Easter Monday for the Gioco de La Ciuccetta, on Christmas days for the Fuga del Bove, on the third Sunday of September for the harvest festival
  • What to see in and around the city: The city walls, Porta Sant'Agostino, Torre del Verziere, the church of Sant'Agostino, the mummified body of the blessed Pellegrino, the town square. Foligno is 13 min
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8 - Castiglione del Lago, Perugia

The name Castiglione derives from the Latin Castellum Leonis, castle of the lion, later popularized in Castiglione. The town was located on an important communication route, between Orvieto, Chiusi and Arezzo. He was at the center of numerous disputes, given his own particular position which led to the destruction, several times, of the original fortress, duly rebuilt.

Founded by the Romans, it stands on a hill that in ancient times was the fourth island of Lake Trasimeno before the strip of water that separated it from the mainland was filled.

  • Ideal time for a visit: first Sunday in March with the Strasimeno in the months of April and May, with the Spring Meeting
  • What to see in and around the city: Palazzo della Corgna or ducale, Rocca del Leone, Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, Church of San Domenico, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Sanctuary of the Madonna della Carraia. Borgo Panicale is 18 min
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9 - Montone, Perugia

Of medieval origin, the village of Montone is surrounded by greenery, and suddenly appears to those who go up the street.

Homeland of the famous leader Braccio Fortebracci, Montone has preserved intact the its medieval charm, made up of historic houses, churches, narrow streets and centuries-old walls. Stroll through its streets to find yourself catapulted back in time!

  • Ideal time for a visit: penultimate Sunday of August every year, for the feast of the donation of the Holy Thorn. Between the end of October and the beginning of November, when the forest festival is held
  • What to see in and around the city: Ruins Rocca di Braccio, Rocca d'Aries, Pieve di San Gregorio Magno, Church of Santa Maria, Church of the Madonna delle Grazie. Città di Castello is 20 min
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10 - Assisi, Perugia

Assisi is known to most for being the homeland that gave birth to St. Francis and St. Clare. Historical finds indicate that the origins of the city date back to a small village, from Villanovan period.

The Romans then in 295 BC, with the battle of the Sentino, also imposed their dominion in Central Italy, and the city was given the name of Asisium, became municipium, and was an important economic and social center of the Empire. With the fall of the Romans, Assisi also experienced a difficult period and, in 545, it was sacked by the Goths. Conquered by the Byzantines, it was annexed shortly after to the Duchy of Spoleto, with which it shared the fate until the beginning of the th century.

But Assisi is also a land of wines: a tour with picnic and wine tasting is particularly recommended to discover the area around the village. To admire the center and its alleys in an original way, you can organize a nice panoramic tour in Ape Calessino

  • Ideal time for a visit: end of August for the Palio di San Rufino. Every two years, in the months of September and October, for the Perugia-Assisi Peace March. 3-4 October for the feast of San Francesco; the night of December 7 for the Coming; on the day of Pentecost, for the Palio of Easter Rosata
  • What to see in and around the city: Rocca Maggiore, Piazza del Comune, Temple of Minerva, Roman amphitheater, Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi. Foligno is 23 min
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11 - Gubbio, Perugia

Medieval village in the heart of Umbria, Gubbio is also called The gray city for the presence of the limestone blocks with which the center is built.

Location full of history and known already in the Bronze Age has a rather challenging past: from a feud of different lords, it then passed to the Church and before being annexed to the Kingdom of Italy it belonged to the Cisalpine Republic. Very convenient to visit, it has a historic center full of monuments, palaces, churches and museums. Absolutely to run 3 laps around the Fountain of the Fools to be able to be awarded the "Patente da Matto". Another thing not to be missed is the ascent by cable car to reach the Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo.

Visitors are advised to take a tourist card with discounts on the city and an audio guide to get around and get to know the village comfortably. For a dip in the artisan tradition of Gubbio, we recommend trying the leather binding workshop or the calligraphy workshop.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to the end of October; also unmissable the feast of the patron saint on May 15 when the festival of candles takes place, the last Sunday of May on the occasion of the Palio della Balestra and in December to admire the largest Christmas tree in the world
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza 40 Martiri, Church of San Francesco, Loggias dei Tiratori, Palazzo dei Consoli, Civic Museum, Palazzo Pretorio, Palazzo Ducale, Duomo and Basilica of Sant'Ubaldo. Just outside the town, don't miss the Roman Theater. It is 40 km from Perugia.
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12 - Todi, Perugia

A small town along the Tiber River, located on a 400 m high hill, Todi boasts ancient Roman origins and during the Middle Ages it was a bitter enemy of nearby Orvieto. Famous for being one of the most liveable cities in the world, has a unique elegance and most of the buildings that can be admired today belong to the period between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

We recommend a 2 hour private walking tour, starting from the beating heart that is Piazza del Popolo, from where you have one of the most beautiful views of the city and where the main buildings overlook. Below this square there are two Roman cisterns and several tunnels with underground wells that date back to the nd century BC But Todi is not just art and history, because here you can enjoy aexcellent cuisine based on local products and traditional recipes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from April to October; do not miss the Todi Arte Festival in August, the Antiques Review of Italy which takes place during Easter week, the Italian Mongofieristico Grand Prix in July and the Tipico & DopArt event in June
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza del Popolo, Town Hall, Lapidary Museum, Civic Art Gallery and Etruscan Roman Museum. Nearby are also the Castle of Frontignano, the Castle of Speltara and the Castle of Barattano. Todi is 45 km from Perugia.
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13 - Norcia, Perugia

A small town in the province of Perugia, Norcia is located in heart of the Umbrian Marche Apennines and in the area of ​​the Sibillini mountains. The town and its surroundings offer landscapes that seem straight out of a painting and, although it was hit by the 2016 earthquake, it continues to be an enchanting place. It is in fact included in the main tours in Umbria together with Cascia and Cascata delle Marmore.

Most famous for the explosion of nature during the Flowering period, Norcia also has numerous churches and historic buildings, but it is also the starting point for excursions on foot or by bicycle to discover the surroundings. Don't forget his food and wine tradition based on black truffle, lentils, mushrooms, sheep's cheese and salami.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October when temperatures are mild and nature offers spectacular blooms. Do not miss the colors of the flowering of lentils between June and July, the market exhibition of the Norcia black truffle which usually takes place between February and March, the feast of S. Antonio Abate on January 17, the Fiera de Sienti 'n Can a mid-August and the procession of the dead Christ in Norcia during the Easter period
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Benedetto, Town Hall with Bell Tower, Staircase and loggia, Castellina, Cathedral of Santa Maria Argentea, Church of Sant'Agostino, monumental complex of San Francesco, city walls, plain of Castelluccio di Norcia, meadows known as Marcite's name. It is 99 km from Perugia
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14 - Ferentillo, Terni

A very small town in the province of Terni, Ferentillo is divided into two villages from the Nera river: Matterella and Precetto.

The town was founded in 740 by the king of the Lombards Liutprando who came to the Black Valley and colonized these uninhabited lands. It then underwent some structural changes over time. The town of Matterella is the oldest one, at the foot of the old castle and lying on the rocky area of ​​Monte Gabbio; the fortress of Precetto, on the other hand, of a slightly more recent period, has a triangular shape and is perched on Monte Sant'Angelo surrounded by defensive walls and a dense forest.

  • Ideal time for a visit: in summer you can fully experience its nature and enjoy some events. Among these the most important are "Le Rocche Raccontano", a historical re-enactment organized for over twenty years near the feast of the patron saint San Sebastiano on 20 August. La Sfida de Lu Ciuccittu, a singular popular tradition of egg strokes with ancient origins that takes place during the Easter period. Castellonando and the Wild Boar Festival are gastronomic festivals that take place in July
  • What to see in and around the city: Church of San Giovanni Battista, Palazzo Silvani-Loreni, Piazza Garibaldi, Cybo complex, Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, Church of the Madonna del Gonfalone, Church of Santo Stefano, Museum of Mummies, Palazzo del Principe di Montholon. Nearby the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle and the view of the Abbey of San Piero in Valle. Ferentillo is 19 Km from Terni
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15 - Spoleto, Perugia

Umbrian city surrounded by hills, olive trees and vineyards, Spoleto is located within a great plain where a lake once stood. It dates back to the th century and is very famous for its Duomo which houses several paintings by the medieval artist Filippo Lippi, but also for the different buildings and museums.

In recent years it has enjoyed considerable fame thanks to the TV series Don Matteo, as it was the set of the ninth season. But Spoleto has long been famous for its own too Festival of two worlds which every year attracts tourists from all over the world who come to attend ballets, operas, concerts, and conferences.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October, when the temperature is ideal for visiting the city and enjoying the beauties. The "Vini nel Mondo" events take place between the end of May and the beginning of June, and the weeks between June and July when there is the festival of the two worlds.
  • What to see in and around the city: Piazza Garibaldi, Basilica of San Gregorio Maggiore, Palazzo Virgili and Torre dell'Olio, Palazzo Collicola which houses the Museum of Visual Arts, Piazza Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Roman Theater, Archaeological Museum, Casa Romana, Pontedelle Torri, Rocca Albornoziana, Fontana del Mascherone, Arch of Drusus. It is 63 km from Perugia
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16 - Lugnano in Teverina, Terni

A small town in the province of Terni, Lugnano in Teverina is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is also part of theNational Association of Oil Cities. Located on a moon-shaped hill in a dominant position, it overlooks the Tiber and offers breathtaking views.

The streets of the historic center, the palaces and the churches do A jump into the past and anyone who arrives here is conquered by the magical atmosphere and the authentic flavors that even the gastronomic tradition offers.

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October thanks to the climate suitable for discovering the town and its surroundings; also the "Oil Marathon" which takes place at the end of November, the Lugano summer, a gastronomic fair in the first week of August, and the historical re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in the Easter period
  • What to see in and around the city: Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, Convent of San Francesco, Palazzo Pennone, Palazzo dei Conti Bufalari, Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, Church of the Maestà, Former Lamp Factory, ancient ruins of the Roman villa of Poggio Gramignano. It is 35 Km from Terni
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17 - Cascia, Perugia

Known for being the birthplace of Santa Rita, Cascia is located on the hill of Sant'Agostino, an ancient castle near the Corno river and every year pilgrimage destination of many faithful. The first settlements date back to the Roman period, but the town experienced its maximum splendor during the Middle Ages.

In addition to the splendid sanctuary dedicated to Santa Rita, the village has more to offer thanks to its surroundings totally immersed in the nature of Val Nerina. In addition to the spiritual and scenic side, visitors can also appreciate the culinary art and local products such as saffron, spelled, truffles and legumes.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round in particular on the occasion of events such as the Festa di Sant'Antonio in January, the "Pasquarelle" during the Easter period, the "Focone della Venuta" on the night between 9 and 10 December and "Aestivum ", the summer truffle market exhibition in August
  • What to see in and around the city: Sanctuary of Santa Rita da Cascia, Church of San Francesco, former church of Sant'Antonio Abate, Church of Santa Maria della Visitazione, Palazzo Carli, Palazzo Frenfanelli, Civic Museum, Roman Temple of Villa San Silvestro, hamlet of Roccaporena. It is 19 Km away from Norcia
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18 - Corciano, Perugia

Located on a hill a few kilometers from Perugia, Corciano has been elected one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and according to legend it is born by Coragino, the faithful friend of Ulysses.

The historic center, surrounded by walls, is an alternation of alleys that rise and fall, of stairways and houses built in limestone. It is possible to access it through two doors: Santa Maria to the south and San Francesco to the north and, although some Roman remains have been found, the village has a medieval imprint.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round although some periods, thanks to manifestations and events, are particularly suitable. To mark the markets and cribs of the Christmas period, the festival of courgette flowers in July, and spring to enjoy the path of the almonds
  • What to see in and around the city: Town Hall, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Palazzo dei Priori and della Mercanzia, well in piazza Coragino, Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Church of San Cristoforo, former convent of San Francesco, Church of Sant'Agostino, Paleontological Museum, Museum of Peasant house, Museum of Pievania. It is 12 km from Perugia
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19 - Amelia, Terni

A small town in the province of Terni, in the south-west of Umbria, on the border with Lazio, the village of Amelia is characterized by a hilly territory and together with other 8 localities it gives its name to the Amerino area.

Of ancient origins, the town boasts several evidence of the past; besides the walls that surround it, numerous palaces, churches, remains of mosaics and baths. Then there are several nearby farms and cellars that will make you taste the local products

  • Ideal time for a visit: from May to October and on the occasion of the Ameria Festival from September to October, the Festa del Maialino in mid-August, and the fava and wild boar festival in the second half of July
  • What to see in and around the city: Cathedral, Church of San Francesco, Monastery and church of San Magno, Church of San Clemente Teatro, necropolis in the area of ​​the former agricultural consortium, Palazzo Frattini, Palazzo Petrignani, Church of Sant'Agostino, Loggia del Auctioneer, Cathedral dedicated to Santa Female, Convent of the Holy Annunciation, Civic Archaeological Museum, "Edilberto Rosa" Picture Gallery
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20 - San Gemini, Terni

Municipality of the province of Terni, famous for its mineral and thermal waters, San Gemini is built on the remains of a Roman settlement along the ancient Via Flaminia.

In addition to the beautiful historic center characterized by a structure typically medieval with churches, palaces and towers, just 4 km away it preserves the remains of a Roman town "Carsulae" which today is an open-air museum. For those who want to relax and dedicate themselves to well-being, then, the town is home to a famous Thermal Park which occupies an area of ​​6 hectares where from June to September it is possible to do hydropinic treatments. Finally, families with children cannot miss a visit to GeoLab, the exhibition space dedicated to Earth Sciences.

  • Ideal time for a visit: all year round, although spring, summer and autumn are the most suitable seasons. Furthermore, from the last Saturday of September to the second Sunday of October, "La Giostra dell'Arme" takes place, an event with a medieval atmosphere. December, however, is the month in which the "San Gemini Nativity Scenes" are set up and in July and August the town is usually the scene of musical events and concerts
  • What to see in and around the city: Porta Romana, Piazza San Francesco with the homonymous church, Church of San Giovanni, Church of Santo Stefano, Palazzo Pretorio, Torre Esperia, Porta Burgi, Palazzo Canova, Convent of Santa Maria Maddalena, Church of San Nicolò, Carsulae archaeological museum, Grotta degli Zingari, the Cisterns, Thermal Park, Geolab. San Gemini is 15 Km from Terni
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