POINTS OF INTEREST
Abbey of Sassovivo
The Abbey of Sassovivo, only 6 km from Foligno, was founded in the second half of the XI century by Benedictine monks, on the foundations of a fortified fortress of Lombardian origin. It was a very important abbey, in 1138 its possessions extended from Rome to Perugia and from Spoleto to Camerino. Inside the monastery you can admire valuable frescoes.
Aiso lake is just 1.5 km from Casa Cantone, which can be reached with a beautiful walk on the surrounding countryside or on a bicycle. It is a very ancient lake, certainly a place of worship between the end of II sec. B.C. and IV century. BC, as evidenced by several archaeological finds found including terracotta and marble statues.
St. Mary’s Jacob’s Hermitage
Pale’s hermitage with St. Mary’s Jacob’s Church is only 16 km from Casa Cantone. Dating back to the end of 1200, the Church is located behind the Pale Massif, made in a natural anfrat. You will come across a path that, starting from Pale, climbs up the rock of the mountain. The sanctuary has been inhabited for years by some hermits.
SMALL VILLAGES TO VISIT
Bevagna, formerly known as Mevania, is just 2 km from Casa Cantone. It was on the ancient Via Consolare Flaminia and for this reason it occupied a central position in the Roman road that determined its flourishing until the third century AD. To see Piazza Silvestri, the Palazzo dei Consoli, the Torti Theater, the Church of San Michele and San Silvestro.
Collemancio is a fraction of the town of Cannara, a few kilometers from Bevagna. Perched at the top of a hill, the village is surrounded by forests and olive trees. Collemancio’s history dates back to Roman times, which remains the archaeological site of Urvinum Hortense of the 3rd century B.C. After the destruction of the Roman city, the living nucleus moved where it is still and the tradition wants to be founded by abbot Mancio.
Torre del Colle
Torre del Colle is just 5 km from Casa Cantone. It is a small hamlet in the town of Bevagna, on a small hill, 250 m asl, a short distance from the Martani hills and overlooking the valley of the stream Attone. The current settlement was built in the 10th century, first with the name of Castrum Turris Collis and is now inhabited by just 33 residents, but it is fascinating to visit and get lost in its narrow medieval streets.
The center of Torgiano retains artistic and architectural treasures from a rich past of culture and life. Ancient Roman river borough was built as a ring of the defensive belt of the town of Perugia in the last quarter of the XIII century, in which subsoil still run many of the excavated excavations then. It is now one of the cities of Umbria wine, where the Torgiano red reserve DOCG is produced.
Its charming location and its panoramic view from Perugia to Spoleto has given Montefalco the name of “The Balcony of Umbria” since 1568. The city has a very ancient history with traces dating back to the Umbria, but it was with the Roman Empire that the hill populated. During the Middle Ages it was called Coccorone while definitively assuming the name of Montefalco in the thirteenth century during the stay of Emperor Federico II of Swabia perhaps in honor of one of the hawks of the sovereign.
A few kilometers from Casa Cantone is Assisi, the most famous town in Umbria and one of the best known in Italy, as a hometown of two great saints: San Francesco and Santa Chiara.
Assisi is a pilgrimage destination for Christians all over the world, but it is not only its spirituality that strikes the visitor, but also the magnificent frescoes of Giotto and Cimabue, the beautiful churches, the perfectly preserved palaces built with the typical pink stone, the prison hermitage and much more.
Spello is just 12 km from Casa Cantone. It is one of the most beautiful and suggestive villages in Umbria and has its name for the Romans (Hispellum) that dominated it and was declared by Emperor Cesare “Splendidissima Colonia Iulia”. Of its Roman past still retains many remains, including the walls, but above all its narrow streets full of flowers, art shops and small shops, making it one of the most visited places in Umbria.
Collepino e Armezzano
Collepino is a fraction of the municipality of Spello at 600 m s.l.m., on Mount Subasio. It is a perfectly preserved and inhabited castle. In the near you can breathe the mysticism of the Hermitage of the Transfiguration and admire the remains of the Abbey of S. Silvestro; to the summit of Mount Subasio at 1200 m above sea level is the refuge with the Church of the Madonna della Spella Church. Another village to visit is Armenzano, 8 km from Assisi.
It was built in Roman times near the Flaminia Road and the shores of Clitunno, near the cities of Assisi and Montefalco, Trevi is the City of the Oil and is included in the Club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Immersed among the olive trees, Trevi still preserves Roman testimonies, such as the mighty walls of the 1st century B.C., which cradle the medieval, medieval town, giving it a picturesque and fascinating atmosphere.
Bettona is one of the most characteristic villages in Umbria. It has Etruscan origins, but it is in the Middle Ages that assumes its present appearance: paved roads, ancient wells, wall walls, churches and works of art. Bettona is a small glimpse of past, almost intact over time.
The town of Spoleto, just 30 km from Casa Cantone, has a great artistic and cultural heritage. Among its beauties are the Albornoziana Fortress, the Bridge of Towers (82 meters high), the Roman Theater and Piazza del Duomo with the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Just a few minutes from Bevagna, you will find Foligno, which can be reached by bicycle, thanks to its flat position. Of Roman origin, it still houses Renaissance palaces and architectural elements, including Palazzo Trinci, the artistic jewel of the city. In June and September, the Giostra della Quintana is held, an important historical re-enactment.
It is known as “the liveliest city in the world”, Todi is a medieval town of unique beauty and elegance that stands on top of a hill dominating the enchanting Tiber valley. Not to be missed: Palazzo del Popolo, Capitano Palace, Palazzo dei Priori and the Duomo.
Deruta, a pretty town in the heart of Umbria, is known throughout the world for its precious ceramics of ancient origin and the numerous testimonies, kept in the most important museums, document how ceramics have been produced without interruption from the Middle Ages to the present.
Orvieto rises on a tuff cliff overlooking the River Paglia, a tributary of the Tiber. It has an ancient history, first Etruscan, then Roman (Volsinii), after the fall of the Roman Empire became the rule of the Goths and then in the common free Middle Ages. It is impermissible to visit the Duomo, St. Patrick’s Well and the Under-City.