Water defines this destination. It’s the running, sometimes cascading theme beginning with Foligno, in the heart of Umbria, where you’ll find the Menotre river running through a valley of the same name complete with limpid waterfalls and charming small towns such as Bevagna and Trevi. The clear, fresh water puts on a show near Terni in the dramatic surge of theCascata delle Marmore, Italy’s highest waterfall. The bucolic Clitunno Springs inspired the 19th-century Italian poet Giosuè Carducci and many more people today. And don’t miss San Gemini, known for its therapeutic mineral springs.
This is a destination renowned for its art and culture, from Terni to Spoleto and the many villages that dot the region, each with its own special characteristics to discover. There’s Narni with its mysterious underground; Vallo di Nera featuring a maze of stone alleyways; Amelia, home to the precious bronze statue of Germanico; the Renaissance-era architecture in Acquasparta; Piediluco, the gateway to the lake of the same name; and Stroncone, where times seems to stand still.
At the end of your journey, treat yourselves to the breathtaking panorama from Montefalco, known as Umbria’s front porch, while sipping a glass of Sagrantino, Umbria’s famous red wine.
Visit Spoleto, “the most romantic city I ever saw” according to the poet Shelley
Stroll through Foligno’s elegant historic centre to Palazzo Trinci
Admire the spectacular Cascata delle Marmore waterfalls when the water is at full power
Discover Trevi, the spiral city and olive oil capital
Relax under the weeping willows in the green oasis of the Clitunno Springs, a UNESCO heritage site
Sip a glass of Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, a certified red wine that is one of Italy’s finest
Fall in love with Terni, Saint Valentine’s home town
Visit Carsulae, an archaeological site on the Via Flaminia, one of the most important in central Italy
Take a canoe ride in Lake Piediluco
Time travel back to the Middle Ages in the village of Bevagna during the “Mercato delle Gaite”, a historic re-enactment festival