When you plan your vacation to Italy, Montefalco must be on the top of list. Montefalco, Italy is often referred to as the "la ringhiera dell'Umbria" which is translated to mean the balcony of Umbria.
Montefalco is a majestic hilltown in central Umbria, which can be found on the eastern side of the Colli Martani around 7 km southeast of Bevagna, 11 km southwest of Foligno, and 9 km northwest of Trevi. To find your way up the hill to this ancient town you must first pass through a modern town located at the base of the hill.
Once you arrive, you will step through the ancient walls of a very unique and charming countryside town that will take you back in time and have you walking around the village in the same footfalls of at least eight saints that called Montefalco their birthplace. The streets of Montefalco slant up the hill about 50 meters and then opens up into the center of town, which is known as the Piazza del Comune or della Repubblica that translates to crowns the hill.
Montefalco is unlike all the other touristy towns around Italy. Here you will enjoy the quiet serenity of the area while you explore the various medieval churches. Some of the most popular medieval churches you will find in Montefalco include Saint Agostino, Saint Chiara, Saint Illuminata, Saint Maria Maddalena, and Saint Francesco. Scattered among the churches you will find other small buildings such as the old town hall.
The major tourist attraction in Montefalco is the museum inside the Saint Francesco Church. This church was built between 1335 and 1338 and is one of the most interesting medieval churches in the area. Local artists that lived in the area during that time, which included Perugino, Giovanni di Corraduccio and Tiberio d'Assisi, designed the interior of the church. Today, you can enjoy many wonderful paintings by Umbrian artists and several items of archeological interest.
From atop the hill in Montefalco you can view the magnificent Umbria valley below with the beautiful olive groves and vineyards. Montefalco is not just a quiet hillside town, but it is also known for its delectable Sagrantino, Passito and Secco wine. While you are visiting Montefalco, you must partake of a wonderful authentic Italian meal at a local restaurant and delight in a glass or two of their delicious wine.
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A video from Gary's wine library TV about Sagrantino di Montefalco: