19th century poet, Giosué Carducci, called Umbria il cuor verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy. As the only landlocked region in Italy, with neither a coastline or a border with a foreign country, and known for it’s verdant hills and valleys, picturesque medieval hill towns, unique cuisine and wines, it is indeed at Italy’s heart.
At the center of this green heart is Montefalco, also known as “la ringhiera dell’Umbria”, “the balcony of Umbria”. A picturesque medieval hill town, it is perched on top of a steep hill dominating two large valleys with spectacular panoramic views of the glorious cuor verde d’Italia.
Entering the 12th century medieval walls, with its cobbled streets, charming piazza and frescoed churches, you will find Montefalco to be welcoming, easy to explore and far less touristy than many of her neighbors.
As with so many of Italy’s hill towns, Montefalco has a full complement of churches and historical monuments worth visiting. The main piazza, Piazza del Commune, offers the perfect starting point and is also the perfect place to linger and be seduced by its quiet charm while sipping a glass of vino or aperitivo at a local caffe’ or enoteca.
Montefalco is well-known for many things including its religious art, frescoes and paintings by prominent Umbrian artists, including Perugino and Gozzoli, which adorn the walls of its many churches and sanctuaries.
Part of this area’s wine trail, Strada del Sagrantino, Montefalco is reknown for its high quality red wines, particularly its local Sagrantino, the perfect accompaniment to delicious local specialties. Your palate will be pleased with the wide variety of salami, grilled meats and game, fresh local produce, and specialties. (Did I mention the spectacular virgin olive oil and truffles?)
This piccola città has so much to offer. You’ll be glad you came! Maybe you’ve lost your heart already?
(Many thanks to Deanna Keahy CC BY-ND 2.0, Nina Volare CC BY-SA 2.0, Bram Hall CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, for the use of their images; the street with flowers, the two views of the countryside, and the beautiful fresco of the Madonna and Child respectively.)