Places to see:
Our position is very central in Umbria. The most important cities of the region are located within 60 km of Pian di Boccio.
Bevagna (3 km) – Bevagna, originally called Mevania, is of Roman origins and was a resting place for travelling merchants on the Via Flaminia. Even today Bevagna has retained the rituals of times past. Every year at the end of June the town is transformed into a medieval village where it is possible to see iron being forged, glass being blown, silk and paper being made and many other trades.
Gualdo Cattaneo (4 km) – Gualdo Cattaneo, with its most important monument the fortress and other castles is located between the Umbra e Tiberina valleys.
Montefalco (7 km) - Montefalco, "The Parapet of Umbria", takes its name from its strategic position which dominates the Topino and Clitunno valleys. It is a small city rich with history and art. It is also known for production of the famous Sagrantino di Montefalco wine.
Foligno (10 km) –Palazzo Vitelli has lovely frescos painted by Gentile da Fabriano, Palazzo Trinci e much more.
Spello (11 km) – Spello, located in the foothills of Mount Subasio, retains much of its Roman history, including the Chapel Baglioni at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore with frescos painted by Pinturicchio. It’s possibly one of the most beautiful and well preserved medieval towns in Umbria.
Trevi (15 km) – A small village with wonderful views from its hillside location.
Assisi (22 km) – Enclosed within its walls, Assisi is a magical and timeless place which has changed little since medieval times. One cannot help but admire the Basilica of San Francesco, one of the most famous places in all of Christianity. The Basilica is actually composed of two churches, one on top of the other. The lower church, which houses the tomb of San Francesco, is decorated with frescos by Simone Martini, Cimabue and Lorenzetti. In the upper church, there are more frescos by Cimabue but also a series of 28 paintings of the life of San Francesco completed by Giotto or his students. By following the street named after the saint you can arrive in the Piazza del Comune where the Palazzo dei Priori and the Temple of Minerva are located. Also worth seeing are the Basilica di Santa Chiara, the Duomo di San Rufino and the citadel (Rocca Maggiore).
Spoleto (25 km) – Spoleto, capital of the former Longbard Dukedom, is a dense agglomerate of grey rocks surrounded by green. Beyond the severe façade you will find fantastic views and hidden architectural treasures including the Duomo which was constructed in the 13th century. Outside the historic center is the colossal Tower Bridge which is 76 meters (250 feet) high and spans 230 meters (750 feet).
Deruta (25 km) – Famous for its ceramics.
Todi (30 km) – Todi is the birthplace of Jacopone, mystical poet of the Laudi. Close to the Piazza del Popolo, one of the most unique in all of Umbria, is the church of San Fortunato which was transformed at the end of the 14th century into gothic style. The temple of Santa Maria della Consolazione is a church located outside the walls of the town. Its design has been attributed to Bramante, and is considered one of the symbols of Renaissance architecture.
Perugia (35 km) – Situated on a hillside, Perugia is the largest city for art in Umbria. Its treasures are almost all located within the historic city center, which is delineated by two circular walls built during Etruscan and medieval times. Piazza IV Novembre is the keystone: in its center is the symbol of the city the beautiful Fontana Maggiore, around which are the gothic cathedral, the magnificent Palazzo dei Priori and the National Gallery of Umbria. But Perugia also includes modern elements by some of the most celebrated contemporary architects: Aldo Rossi for the Fontivegge center, Italo Rota for the multi-media library, Jean Nouvel for stations on the futuristic “mini-metro” and Gae Aulenti for the San Francesco di Assisi airport.
Orvieto (50 km) – Isolated on top of a volcanic outcrop, Orvieto has an unparalleled charm that captivates the many tourists who visit every year. It is known for the Duomo which is one of the best examples of Italian gothic architecture. Splendid its façade with rosettes carved by Lorenzo Maitani, unforgettable the Last Judgment in the Cappella Nuova (by San Brizio) and the frescos by Luca Signorelli. Between the public buildings rises the Palazzo del Popolo. Also interesting are the Well of San Patrizio and the “Orvieto Underground” an underground city which is completely accessible.
Gubbio (55 km) – To visit Gubbio is to travel back in time. The city, one of the oldest in Umbria, is located at varying elevations on the side of Mount Ingino and is full of stairs and winding roads from medieval times. In the Piazza Grande are the Palazzo Pretorio and the Palazzo dei Consoli, while in the upper part of the city are the Duomo and the Palazzo Ducale, an elegant example of Renaissance architecture.
Narni (60 km) – Of note the Duomo and the Palazzo del Podestà.
Norcia (60 km) – Norcia is a city rich in history found at the base of Mount Sibillini. Worth noting are the Piazza San Benedetto with the Basilica di San Benedetto, the statue of the saint and the Palazzo Comunale. Don’t forget to visit the wonderful shops selling salume and cheese with tartufo.
Castelluccio di Norcia (90 km) – Between the end of May and the beginning of July, the plateau at the top of Norcia is the site of an important event known as “the flowering” where a living mosaic of colored plants and flowers is created during several weeks. The timing varies year to year based on the weather.
Lago Trassimeno (60 km) – Lake Trasimeno is the 4th largest lake in Italy and receives most of its water from rainfall and small tributaries.
Rome (150 km) – With just a two-hour ride by car or train (direct route from nearby Foligno) you can arrive in the center of the Eternal City. Train schedules are available at the reception desk.
Florence (180 km) – With a 2,5 hour car ride or in 2,5-3 hours by train (again from nearby Foligno) you can experience the wonders of Firenze.
- Biking and mountain biking – There are many nearby areas for biking, please ask at the reception desk. We can arrange for rental from nearby Foligno with delivery to Pian di Boccio (minimum two bikes for delivery service).
- Walking and jogging – There are many trails on our property and in the vicinity, please ask at the reception desk.
$1· Horse riding – Both nearby (Cannara, Foligno) and farther away (Monte Subasio, Monte Sibillini) there are many options for riding for novices and experts alike.
$1· Paragliding – Monte Subasio and Monte Sibillini.
$1· Hang gliding – Monte Subasio and Monte Sibillini.
$1· Mountaineering – Monte Subasio and Monte Sibillini.
$1· Cave exploration – In the Grotta del Monte Cucco and the Grotti di Frassasi.
$1· Rafting/hydrospeed/canyoning – Monte Sibilini and the Nera River Park.
$1· Cascate delle Marmore – Within the Nera River Park is this impressive waterfall built by the Romans that stands 165 meters (540 feet) tall. Today it is used to produce green energy. Ask for information at the reception desk.
$1· Strada del Sagrantino – One of the most important Umbrian wines is Sagrantino which can be produced in the following areas only: Montefalco, Bevagna, Giano dell'Umbria, Castel Ritaldi e Gualdo Cattaneo. There are several wineries which offer tours and wine tasting.
$1· Thermal pools and spas – There are many thermal pools in the area.
$1· Golf – There is a nice course in Perugia.
$1· Activo Park (40 km) – This amusement park is located in the midst of nature and offers activities with no environmental impact. There are many activities for all age and fitness levels.
$1· La Città della Domenica (45 km) – This is a small nature park which offers a rare combination of love for the environmental and contact with animals. It also offers family-friendly entertainment.
Events : (fra i più importanti)
$1· Displays of artistic and living nativity scenes in nearby towns
$1· Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th)
- Carnevale in Umbria: Parades with costumed revelers and decorated carts in nearby towns
$1· Corsa dei Ceri – Race in Gubbio (May 15th)
$1· Calen’ di Maggio – Festival in Assisi the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after May 1st.
$1· Festa della Palombella – Orvieto (Pentecost)
$1· Open wineries – Torgiano, Bettona, Bevagna e Montefalco (May 25th, 2015)
$1· Flower Festival of Corpus Domini – Spello (9th Sunday after Easter, from June 6-7, 2015)
$1· Mercato delle Gaite – Bevagna (from June 19-28, 2015)
$1· Giostra della Quintana – Foligno (from June 13-15, 2015)
$1· Festival dei due Mondi – Spoleto (from June 27-July 13, 2015)
$1· Umbria Jazz – Perugia (from July 10-19, 2015)
$1· La Fuga del Bove – Montefalco (from August 3-19, 2015)
$1· Open wineries – Torgiano, Bettona, Bevagna e Montefalco
$1· Giostra della Quintana – Foligno
$1· Todi Art Festival – Todi
$1· I primi d’Italia – Foligno
$1· Eurochocolate – Perugia (from October 16-25, 2015)
$1· Open wineries
$1· Umbria Jazz Winter – Orvieto (December 27 2014 - January 1 2015)
$1· Christmas in Umbria - Displays of artistic and living nativity scenes in nearby towns