Assisi

Although it can at times seem slightly inundated by its large number of visitors, Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis, remains a pretty township, well worth a stroll. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Arrive early to beat the tourist crowds. Assisi’s main drawcard is the stunning, multi-levelled Basilica di San Francesco, completed […]

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Basilica of Santa Maria

The Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the largest sanctuaries in the Christian world, encloses Porziuncola, the tiny chapel that was restored by the catholic deacon St Francis and is where the Franciscan movement started. […]

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Perugia

Perugia, like most other towns and cities worth their salt in central Italy, is built on a hilltop. The city is the capital of the region of Umbria, and has a wealth of places worthy of exploration. Some of the highlights: The Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo, although on the main square, the Piazza IV Novembre, […]

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Anghiari

Take a walk around town from the central Piazza Baldaccio, making your way to the town walls and the Antica via de Ronda, which takes and interesting route under the Church of St. Augustine. […]

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Sansepolcro

Sansepolcro is a flat, quiet town, and not likely to detain you for too long. Museo Civico is noted as having a number of fine works, including some 15 century works by local artist Piero della Francesca. One of these, Resurrection, was remarked upon by writer Aldous Huxley as ‘the greatest painting in the world.’ […]

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Urbino

Urbino experienced a time of cultural pre-eminence during the renaissance period, and there is something about its grand sense of scale that resulted which is, simply, awesome. Palazzo Ducale is Urbino’s most prized possession. Built at the command of Duke Federigo da Montefeltro between 1444 and 1472, the site is UNESCO World Heritage Listed. Mon […]

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Furlo Gorge

Furlo Gorge is something of a surprise beauty. There are some nice picnicking areas down by the river, and it seems swimming would be a fair possibility (please email me if you can verify this!). […]

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Cagli

Cagli is a fairly small town, and not a major drawcard for tourists. It is however entirely pleasant, and enjoys a fine mountainside setting. Rocca Torrione, an imposing, distinctive fortress at the south end of town, was built in 1481. Walk to Piazza Matteotti, where there are a few cafes and the imposing Palazzo Comunale. […]

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Gubbio

Built onto the lower slopes of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is another beautifully preserved medieval township. The town is one of steep, winding streets and fine Gothic architecture. Palazzo dei Consoli, built 1332-1337, is noted for the large flat space engineered for its construction on such a steeply sloping hill. The building houses the Eugubine Tables. […]

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Orvieto

Orvieto’s old quarter is located at the top of a cliff-fringed hill. The Duomo is the obvious must-see of Orvieto. Absurdly large for such a small town (though due to an optical illusion resulting from design, somewhat smaller than it looks), the cathedral is distinctive and spectacular. The exterior; black, white and fronted with gold, […]

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