Visit Umbria from the Cantinone - What is there to see in Umbria?

Assisi - home of St Francis

Assisi

The town synonymous with St Francis, is a must visit while you are staying at the Cantinone. It is just over an hour's drive from your holiday accommodation.

The first sight of Assisi, perched halfway up the slopes of Mount Subasio is extraordinary. Virtually untouched by modern architecture, with the soft pink of its medieval buildings shimmering against the greenery of the mountain, Assisi is an experience for the eye and the soul. The ruined castle looming over the city is the Rocca Maggiore, an imposing fortress rebuilt in the 14th century over an earlier fortification dating back to the time of Charlemagne..

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Gubbio under an hour from Cantinone Holiday Accommodation

Gubbio

Gubbio is a well-preserved medieval hill town in the Umbria region of central Italy. It is just a 45 minute drive from Cantinone Holiday Accommodation to Gubbio. Gubbio's compact center has a good selection of medieval, Gothic, and Renaissance monuments built of gray limestone and has great views over the beautiful countryside. Just outside the town is a Roman amphitheater.

Gubbio's biggest festivals are in May. The feast of candles, Corsa dei Ceri, is May 15. The festival starts with a procession through the streets up the hill to the Abbeyof Sant' Ubaldo, just ouside town. Then there's a race with three teams carrying tall candle-shaped pillars weighing 200kg each, topped with statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George, or St. Anthony. The crossbow palio, Palio della Balestra, is the last Sunday in May. This traditional crossbow competition between the archers of Gubbio and nearby Sansepolcro has been going on since at least the 15th century.

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Bevagna

The ancient small town of Roman origin called Bevagna is to be found on the western fringe of the Foligno plain, at the foot of the group of hills where Montefalco rises up and near the loop of the river Timia.

Its modern-day appearance is surely the result of its development during the Middle Ages. In fact, even if the Roman had constructed the ancient Menania in such a way that the Flaminia Road was the decuman axis of the town, the town's center is now placed more to the South. In Piazza Silvestri, you absolutely should not miss the Gothic Palace of the Consuls, situated singularly slantwise to the streets, amd the Churches of St. Sylvester (1195 d.C.) and St. Michael Arcangel; the fountain which completes the scene of this exceptional public area is, however, an adaptation dating back to the 19th century. Even today, the medieval town portals, even after reconstructive measures such as those of the Porta San Venanzo in 1797, and long stretches of the old town walls, are in a good state of preservation.

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Perugia

If Italy were a dartboard, the city of Perugia would most likely be its bull’s-eye. Equidistant from Florence and Rome and only an hour 15minutes drive from the Cantinone B&B and Apartments, Perugia is an enchanting hilltop city with a compact historic center that is a rambling maze of medieval streets. Although many associate Perugia with the controversial murder trial of the American Amanda Knox, this forward-thinking city maintains a friendly appeal. In 2008, an eco-friendly high-tech light rail line called the MiniMetrò made its debut, zipping visitors into the city center from outer areas and keeping its historic streets mostly car-free. Instead, the streets jam with visitors during two popular annual events: a summer jazz festival that attracts the music world’s biggest acts, and Eurochocolate, a huge autumnal chocolate festival that this year runs annually in the middle weeks of October.

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Lake Trasimeno

With its 125km2 surface, Lake Trasimene is the largest stretch of inland water in the Italian peninsula. Many excellent fresh-water fish restaurants can be found around the lake, and many Etruscan remains can ve visited. The lake is 257 metres above sea level and its basin extends for 396 km2 , while the overall area of the lake covers some 125 km2.

The water depth varies between 3 and 6 metres, for an average depth of 4.7 metres. The waters are naturally replaced in their entirety once every 22 years. Surrounded by hills on three of its sides, the colours of the lake vary from green to cream. Its banks are densely populated with reeds. Three islands are present on the lake. The Polvese island belongs to the local administration of Perugia. The Isola Maggiore covers an area of 23.2 hectaires and is permanently inhabited, while the Isola Minore is totally uninhabited and has remained intact through the course of the centuries.

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Spoleto

Situated on a sunny hillside at the lower border of the Valle Umbra, the center was founded by the Umbrians with Etruscan influences. It became a faithful ally of Rome in the latter's struggle against the Carthaginians.

After the fall of the Roman empire, Spoleto was the capital of a flourishing Lombard duchy. Subsequently becoming a papal possession, it turned into a favorite residence of the popes only to be subdued by Perugia during the famous battle between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. In the second half of the 14th century, Spoleto and Todi formed an allegiance against the excessive power of the popes but they were subdued and Spoleto was entrusted to the infamous Lucrezia Borgia. The town was annexed to the newly formed State of Italy on September 17, 1860.

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