Our facility is a good starting point to explore the Sibillini Mountains Park, to visit beautiful medieval villages and ancient cities of art such as Norcia, Cascia, Spoleto, Trevi, Montefalco, Foligno, Spello, Assisi, Perugia and many others, as well as places of great interest such as the Marmore Falls, the Fonti del Clitunno, the Fiastra lake and the sanctuary of Macereto.
The sabinetown of Norcia, formerly called Nursia, birthplace of San Benedetto, is located in the Sibillini Mountains National Park, in Valnerina, in the southern part of the spectacular Piano di Santa Scolastica.
The historic center, inside the eight-door city wall, partially destroyed by the 2016 earthquake, focuses on the square of San Benedetto where the statue of the same name stands and you can admire the imposing fortress called the Castellina, which remained intact after the earthquake. Norcia is the ideal destination for those who love nature, sport, and the pleasures of the table such as the world-famous norcineria (cured meats), the precious black truffle and the Castelluccio’slentils.
Castelluccio di Norcia
Castelluccio di Norcia is a small town located at 1450 meters above sea level, 30 km far from Norcia (38 km from Fiano di Abeto); it is also called the roof of Umbria for its splendid position, on top of a hill overlooking the homonymous plateau made up of Pian Grande, Pian Piccolo and PianPerduto. Opposite the village and its plateau stands the imposing Monte Vettore (2.476 mt.), which is the highest peak of the Sibillini. On the plateau, between the end of May and the beginning of July, the famous flowering phenomenon occurs: together with the flowers of the famous lentils, cornflowers, gentians, daisies, narcissuses, poppies, buttercups, violets and other numerous floral species bloom almost simultaneously transforming this plain into a marvelous multitude of colors, a chromatic explosion worthy of a canvas painted by an Impressionist.
Located in one of the most mountainous areas of Umbria, in a splendid natural setting, lapped by the river Corno, Cascia is worldwide famous as the city of Santa Rita.
Spoleto, situated on the Sant’Elia hill in a breathtaking natural setting, is a fascinating city of art for its countless splendid monuments such as the Duomo and the marvelous piazza of the same name, the Ponte delle Torri with the Rocca Albornoziana, just to name the most important ones. Spoleto is also a city of culture,home of exceptional events such as the Festival of the Two Worlds. For these characteristics Spoleto has won aninternational fame.
Located between Foligno and Spoleto, Trevi stands at the foot of Mount Serano on a hill full of olive groves. Churches, palaces and towers of great artistic and cultural interest characterize this village which is counted among “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy“.
Montefalco, famous above all for its wine, has a historic center of considerable artistic interest. Moreover this town is called the “Banister of Umbria“due to its enchanting position. From its viewpoints you can admire the beautiful cities of Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Trevi, Spoleto, Gualdo Cattaneo and Bevagna in the fantastic scenery of Subasio, Monti Martani with their beautiful hills covered with vineyards and olive groves.
Foligno, the city of the Quintana, with its ancient origins clearly visible in the architectural works and in its precious paintings is the third city of Umbria for number of inhabitants after Perugia and Terni. As an historical curiosity, the first edition of the Divine Comedy was printed in Foligno in 1472.
Spello, with its picturesque alleys and characteristic views, is a charming medieval village that contains some important testimonies of the Roman era. During the feast of Corpus Christi the splendid floral compositions known as “infiorate” can be admired.
Lying on the slope of Mount Subasio, Assisi is known as the city of St. Francis and St. Clare.
The historic center, with the Basilica of San Francesco and other important monuments, almost all of Franciscan inspiration, constitute an exceptional artistic heritage.
In particular, in the Basilica of San Francesco you can admire the masterpieces of great artists such as Giotto, Cimabue Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti.
The historic center of Perugia, divided into five districts surrounded by the imposing Etruscan walls, embraces a priceless cultural and artistic heritage. Among its most important monuments there are the Etruscan Arch, the Etruscan Well and Porta Marzia integrated into the Rocca Paolina. In Piazza IV Novembre, one of the most beautiful in Italy, there is the National Gallery of Umbria, located in the Palazzo dei Priori, where it is possible to admire some masterpieces by artists such as Pierodella Francesca, BenozzoGozzoli, Beato Angelico, Pinturicchio and Perugino.
Among the most important events organized in the city, the Umbria Jazz music festival deserves a special mention.Another noteworthy event is Eurochocolate dedicated to cocoa and chocolate.
Cascata delle Marmore
The CascatadelleMarmore, with its exciting roar, offers an impressive spectacle and is a mandatory stop for the visitor in search of the natural beauties of Umbria. The waterfall, an extraordinary work of engineering, was built by the ancient Romans to prevent the Velinoriver from forming unhealthy stagnant waters for local population. The grandiose hydraulic work, carried out at the behest of the Roman consul Curzio Dentato, consists in the construction of a canal to allow the flow of the waters of the Velino in the Nera river.
In the last decades the water flow of the waterfall is being used to feed the Galleto hydroelectric plant and the water is released at scheduled times.
Fonti del Clitunno
Between the pretty village of CampellosulClitunno and the precious TempiettosulClitunno it is possible to admire the enchanting sources of the Clitunno: crystal clear lakes fed by underground springs, surrounded by weeping willows and poplars create a romantic and fairytale atmosphere sung in the past by great poets such as Virgil and Carducci.
Lago di Fiastra
The Fiastra Lake winds with its clear waters and its shades of color ranging from blue to green in a beautiful valley framed by green hills at the foot of the Sibillini mountains, offering the visitor an unforgettable show. The lake, the largest basin for the production of electricity in the Marche, represents a strong tourist attraction both for the enchanting landscape and for its equipped beaches.
Santuario di Macereto
The enchanting Sanctuary of Macereto, located on the plateau of the same name in the Monti Sibillini National Park near Visso, is an extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture and undoubtedly deserves a visit both for its artistic aspect and for the landscape setting in which it stands .