From Todi to Panicale: the heart of Southern Umbria revealed

Todi, an ancient and medieval hill town in Umbria, is a walled village with good views over the countryside and it is indeed the first step of our trip in the heart of peaceful southern Umbria.

Keeping on follow the road, we will meet Gubbio, a anotherĀ  well-preserved and pretty famous medieval hill town. The town has been built of gray limestone and Gubbio’s town centre put together in one town a good mixture of medieval, Gothic, and Renaissance arts! Do not forget to visit the Roman amphitheatreoutside the skirt of the town. Gubbio without any doubts is a place to be and to visit this summer also for its quite scenic location: the town perches on the lower slopes of Mount Ingino and dominates the countryside.

Getting south you will pass Lake Trasimeno , one of Italy’s largest lakes with 3 islands in the middle. They can be reached by ferry and you can also sunbathes, because there are beaches around the famous lake! Castiglione del Lago with a medieval center and castle by the lake is by far one of the most romantic spots in Central Italy. The lake was wll-know also in the ancient time and saw a famous battle between Hannibal and Rome.

Norcia in southeastern Umbria is instead a town known for its delikatessen: cured meats. Norcia is enclosed by 14th century wall, has a castle to visit and the town is located in the hills by the entrance to the Monte Sibillini Park.

Narni is the geographical center of mainland Italy. An important Roman settlement, the town was part of the Papal State in the 12th – 14th centuries. Walk out of town to the 1st century Ponte Cardona, part of the Roman Aqueduct Formina.

Ready for a sci-fi attractions? Go to the mummy museum, in the little town of Ferentillo: here the bodies buried below the Church of Santo Stefano were kept preserved by a rare microfungus. It attacked the corpses and now they are….mummies!

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