We have a passion for Italy.
Umbria is the only region in Italy that does not boarder on the sea or another country. It is a beautiful region, with plenty of medieval hill-top towns, scenery and food to make a vacation memorable.
The Papal States ruled the area until the end of the 18th Century. The French conquired Italy and Umbria was part of the Napoleonic Empire from 1809 to 1814. When Napoleon was defeated, the Pope regained Umbria until 1860. After that time, Umbria was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy.
Our travels have taken us to the top sights that include Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Gubbio and Spoleto. But of course the Region holds more to see.
On our 2022 visit to the Region we returned to the town of Bevagna. The town was a ten minute drive from where we were staying making a number of visits easy. I really liked Bebagna, it is a beautiful town with a feeling of authenticity. A parking lot is located outside the main gate into the town and the walk to the centre of town is relatively short. The medieval square, Piazza Silvestri, has two churches as well as other 13th century buildings. The attractive piazza is surrounded by impressive medieval buildings. A beautiful fountain standing in the centre of the piazza was added in the 1800s.
There are two important churches on the piazza: the Basilica of Saint Sylvester (12C) and next to it the Church of San Michele Arcangelo (12C).
Exploring the town is interestings, however, I particularly liked the walk to the wash house on the river. You can just imagine how this was such a central location for the town, withu people meeting while they washed clothes. Now, you can just admire the scene and listen the water falling over the weir.
The town is enclosed by double walls dating to the 13th and 14th century.
Montefalco is worth a drive to have lunch at the Enoteca L'Alchimistra, Piazza Comune, 14. (+39.0742378558). It was busy and to get a table we had to wait but that gave us time to stroll around the town. The restaurant is closed on Tuesday. We are heading back in 2023 and for sure, lunch at L'Alchimistra is on the schedule.