A Wonderful Bit of Umbria

One of the things we like to do is base ourselves in a place for a period of time and take trips out from it. This enables us to get to know the host town and to learn about its surrounds.

One year we did this in Bevagna located in an ideal place in Umbria. It is close to the big draws of Assisi and Spoleto – both within 20 miles. But it also put us within less than 10 miles of three truly charming towns: Montefalco, Spello and Trevi. To give you an idea as to how accessible this area is, during the trip we became acquainted with two American bicyclists who were also basing themselves in Bevagna. We ran into them on our daily car excursions to two of the towns that we visited as they did the same by bike. That’s how wonderfully close these towns are.

Bevagna is a charming medieval town just big enough to have a couple of places to stay and several very good restaurants. It was a wonderful base.

Bevagna's charming main piazza

Bevagna’s charming main piazza


The countryside easily accessible

The countryside easily accessible


Montefalco is known for its robust red wine. It is one of the few DOC red wines in Umbria. It is also home to beautiful textiles. We had a very memorable lunch here.

It has a bigger, more lively main piazza

It has a bigger, more lively main piazza

And several handsome gates

And several handsome gates into town

Trevi, unlike Bevagna, is a hilltop town. There is a beautiful approach to it up past bucolic fields.


It is also very old as this medieval building shows

It is also very old as this medieval building shows


Beautiful church

Beautiful church

Spello is know for its flowers. We were there as they were preparing for their annual flower festival. We missed the “painting” of the streets with flower petals which must have been spectacular. But everyone was decked out for the flower competition.

An entry into town - it is a hilltop town

An entry into town – it is a hilltop town

DSCF8126DSCF8131DSCF8128DSCF8129West central Umbria. Well worth spending some time!

Kristi and Bill Steiner began leading “learning vacations” to Orvieto, Italy in 2003. Through Adventures in Italy they provide a cultural immersion experience. Many trips include the pursuit of some kind of creative work that complements and reinforces exploration of Italy’s culture. Relationships built over the years enable Kristi and Bill to provide experiences that a typical visitor to Orvieto never gets.

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