An ancient fishing village nestled between the blue waters of Lake Trasimeno and the surrounding green hills, Passignano is a veritable gem and a must-see between Umbria and Tuscany.
The Trasimeno is a unique area, rich in art and culture. Spectacular vistas and enchanting glimpses born of the harmonious intertwining of the green Umbrian hills with the lovely panoramas of the lake and its islands and ancient towns, such as Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve, Panicale and Paciano.
Perugia is one of the most beautiful Etruscan cities in Italy. Its warmly coloured stones, its majestic palazzi and its climbs and descents have fascinated poets and artists throughout the centuries. The old town is set on a hill and the other hills, visible in many places along the city streets, surround it.
The city of pink stone set on the slopes of Mount Subasio is the home of the Umbrian spirituality. The story of its great saints, Francis and Clare combines with the work of the most famous painters of the Middle Ages. You can begin your tour from the highest part of the city, so you can take the easier downhill route. The Basilica of Saint Clare: Founder of the Poor Clares, St. Clare is buried in the church which also houses the crucifix that spoke to Saint Francis. Piazza del Comune. Austere and elegant public buildings of the Medieval city: the Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the Torre del Popolo.
Cortona was a free Medieval City with an imposing Medici Fortress and the Palazzi of the old town center, whose walls are covered with the coat of arms of the most important Capitani del Popolo. Many churches are located within the old city walls, sometimes hidden in its characteristic small alleys. The Monastery, dedicated to Santa Margherita, the matron saint of Cortona, is located on the highest part of the city; from here you can enjoy a vista that includes Valdichiana and part of Lake Trasimeno. Walking through the characteristic ancient streets of Cortona, you can feel the art, culture, gastronomy in the air.
Known throughout the world for its artistic heritage Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of central Italy. It owes its fame to the renowned Palio and its popular wines that are renowned all over the world such as the Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the city and the location chosen to host the traditional Palio, a historic event that takes place July 2 and August 16 of each year. It is a bareback horse race during which the various city districts, that lead an intense associative life throughout the rest of the year, compete for several days.
Gubbio was important Umbrian town (which was mentioned in the records of the Tables of Gubbio, or Iguvine tables). One of the many traditional events worth mentioning is the characteristic ‘Corsa dei Ceri’, which takes place each year on 15 May, the eve of the feast of St. Ubaldo, the city’s patron saint.
The Cascata della Marmore (Marmore Falls), whose beauty has been extolled throughout the centuries, appears as a roaring column of water divided into three sections. Enshrouding the flora in a cloud of white foam, it covers a vertical drop of 165 meters. The visitor is regaled with a scenario that is the result of over two thousand years of work by man who has, since Roman times, attempted to channel the waters of the river Velino to make them fall into the Nera river below.
Montepulciano is known primarily for its imposing Renaissance palaces, the elegant beauty of its churches and for the “Vino Nobile”, a Tuscan wine that is appreciated all over the world. The city center is arranged along the main street that goes up the hill all the way to the main square, Piazza Grande, located at its summit. Must-see: the Church of St. Augustine, the majestic Piazza Grande with the Duomo, the town hall, the Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi and the Well of Griffins and the Lions.