Umbria Region - Gubbio
We return to Umbria with our stay just outside of Gubbio, in San Martino in Colle.
We have an apartment at a beautiful agriturismo. Located outside of Gubbio, we can relax around the pool as well as tour this section of Umbria. The big festival in Gubbio, the largest in Umbria, takes place on the 15th of May, and we are going to miss that. Oh well, less crowds.
Gubbio has a medieval historic centre. The medieval core has very dark grey stone buildings, narrow streets and Gothic architecture. Many of the houses date back to the 14th and 15th centurie when wealthy merchants lived in the homes. In reading about the architecture, I am going to look carefully to see about the second small door that many of the homes had. The second smaller door, it is said, were called the porta dei morti, and it is through that door that those who died were carried out of the house. Even if it is not true, a great story.
In Gubbio there is a Roman theatre as well as a number of palaces. Built during the reign of Emperor Augustus and at the time was the second-largest theatre in the Roman Empire.
The Eugubine Tables, from the 3rd century, were discovered in 1444. They are a set of bronze tablets that together make up the largest surviving text in ancient Umbrian.
On top of Mount Ingino is the Basilica of Sant’Ubaldo, built in the 1500s. Articles on the city note the best way to see Basilica is by taking a one-person funicular or Funivia Colle Eletto. It is an open air funicular holding two people standing. It takes around 6 minutes to get to the top of Mount Ingino. On the way up you can see all of Gubbio and its ancient Roman walls.
The area around Gubbio. Some of the noted "most beautiful" towns notes in travel articles include Spello, Orvieto, Castiglione del Lago, Gubbio, Assisi, Todi, Torgiano, Norcia, Arrone and Bevagna. We have been to almost of of these towns, and it always good to return.
We may visit Perugia again.
This photography by photorgrapher CLAUDIO POGGI instantly started my mental planning to travel around the countryside. This is in the area of Sagrantino di Montefalco known for its grapes and wine. This is an hours drive south of Gubbio. Montefalco, has the remains of its walls as well as a number of churches, the 13th century Palazzo Comunale has a mullioned window from the original edifice and a 15th-century portal. Also notable are the gates in the walls, including Porta Sant'Agostino, Porta Camiano and Porta Federico II.