The Upper Tiber Valley offers extraordinarily beautiful monuments and places to visit for those people enamoured with the splendours of the Italian Renaissance.
Morning in Assisi – visit to the “seraphic ” city of St. Francis Basilica of San Francesco : Worldwide celebrated , full of immeasurable treasures of art, the birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi is one of the gems of art of Umbria and Italy . The centuries have not ruined its typical medieval features , [...]
Morning: the hermitage of Montecasale It is set on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Afra about 7 km from Sansepolcro , it is an emblematic place of the presence of S. Francis in the Tiber Valley , because St. Francis was used to stop since his return from La Verna . It [...]
Morning: Sanctuary of La Verna and the mountain of St. Francis The Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, placed a few kilometres from Chiusi della Verna ( Ar) , is famous for being the place where St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata on September 17, 1224 . Built in the southern part of Mount Penna [...]
Located in the northern Upper Tiber Valley, San Giustino offers the greatest example of a renaissance fortress: the Bufalini Castle, which was built as a fortress in 1487 and later converted into a lordly mansion.
Moving on to the town of Città di Castello, the splendour of the Renaissance is immediately visible in the 16th-century fortified walls and the historic centre with its elegant architecture and details, such as the loggia (recessed balcony) of the Vitelli family. Since the late 1400s, this powerful seignorial family ruled the entire town and [...]
Moving on to the town of Pietralunga, just 12 kilometres from its historic centre is the hamlet of Pieve de’ Saddi, the birthplace of Christianity in Italy. According to legend, St. Crescentino, who evangelised throughout the entire Upper Tiber Valley, was martyred there. The complex contains buildings and frescos from the 1400s and 1500s.
The Vitelli family also ruled in Montone until 1640 and brought the renaissance style to that town. Prior to that, the town’s most illustrious family was the Fortebracci, in particular Braccio, who was a famous soldier of fortune. The gothic Church of St. Francis was enlarged in the 14th century and contains important works of [...]
The town of Umbertide boasts two 16th-century churches, the Church of St. Bernardino and the Church of St. Mary of the Reggia, which is based on an octagonal plan. The Church of the Holy Cross, built circa 1651, contains a “Deposition from the Cross” by Luca Signorelli. Not far from the town, you must visit [...]
St. Francis lived between the 12th and 13th centuries. He was an Italian preacher and mystic and was proclaimed patron saint of Italy by Pope Pius XI. Many areas in the Upper Tiber Valley and Umbria are rich in Franciscan lore and an evangelical spirit can be felt in the poverty and simplicity of the [...]