Pearls of Umbria. Perugia and Assisi
Italian Umbria Always in the shadows Tuscany. It’s a pity because Umbria No worse: Beautiful views, charming towns and great monuments. Additional advantage – less tourist bustle, and therefore – Lower prices and more rest.
In this somewhat undervalued, unknown Umbria You will find unusual Stories since ancient times, Changed by the first centuries of Christianity and reached their peak in the teaching St. Francis.
Kitchen It is no worse here than in Tuscany. Here you can try excellent Local products, including delicious Truffle delicacies. And finally, here you will find many quiet Churches, where, tired of walking, you can enjoy the contemplation of fascinating Works of art. And all this without such madness and crowd of tourists, as in the neighboring region.
Perugia, Capital of the region – old, atmospheric, full of alleys. And rich in centuries-old experience. However, this is not the experience of wars or coups. Great events avoided this city on the hill. Although B Etruscan period He occupied Leading position, In addition, the city was a residence Medieval dad. However, this region periodically suffered from Earthquakes. The last time the earthquake happened recently, months ago, But the biggest drama happened in Watch, v 70 km from the city. There the earthquake claimed life about 300 people And destroyed the city. The last time the tragedy fell into the area Perugia v 1997 year, And, although traces of those tragic events are no longer visible, residents do not forget about it. They know that the Earth may begin again under their feet.
Walk on market. Here everything is not the way you could see in other cities. Here in vain symmetry. Here it is Pallaso dei priori – residence of municipal authorities and Cathedral (14th century). All from light stone. Even the street, the sidewalk of which is so smooth, which reflects the straight sunny rays and it is very easy to slip on it. Between two buildings is Fountain Maggiore 13th century, Last work Niccolo Pisano, fulfilled with son Giovanni Pisano. It was they who splured here a fairy tale with bas-reliefs, where the pagan deities, the nymphs, the allegories of months, science and art are spinning into a carousel with the Catholic saints.
Let’s go a little by narrow streets. After walking down the street Gulelylmo Calderini We will go to a small area Jacomo Matteotti. It is here that traders offer local Delicatesse. On the shelves are dominated Truffles with a strong characteristic smell. They are added to Pahatyts from artichokes, tomatoes and everything else. Is there some more Phenomenal truffle oil, which can be bought in tiny bottles for Several Euros. Cold Winter Evening, they will remind you the taste Umbria.
Around the counters – numerous Showcases. Mainly Bakery and Confectionery. You can drink a small A cup of espresso with one of the set sandwiches With fragrant Meat assorted. You will need energy because we still have to go long.
Volta-della-Page Street, outgoing Via Alesi Mountain, first goes around the stairs hidden in the wall of the building. Time for a moment freezes – it seems, torches will soon be lit and we will meet the bard, singing a serenade by the window of his beloved. Next, in the chapel San North, We can admire the only preserved fresco Raphael in Perugia.
From here not far to B Arco Etrusko. This monumental building, whose shadow pleases everyone in the district, especially when the sun is mercilessly. His story goes back to deep antiquity. The first building was probably built in 4 or 3 century BC, and then it was rebuilt Romans. On the gate there is an inscription, commemoration of the city name Perusurance August In honor of the emperor Octaviana August. V 15 century On the facade, Arch was attached lodge.
Next we are waiting for a pleasant wander on the densely populated streets. However, the farther north, the lower the construction. But their walls are becoming more colorful.
Be sure to go through Boulevard Giuseppe Garibaldi, which will lead us to two unusual monuments located almost at the end of this street. First –Tempio Sant Angelo. This small church is built on a circular scheme. Probably she was built in 5 century on the spot of the pagan temple. You can get into the church through beautiful garden with a well-kept lawn, on which the young people are located there Residents of Perugia. They use this quiet place to read or just sunbathe. The church reigns a special atmosphere of the peace and Divine Spirit. Extremely scattered light, falling on the ancient columns, makes think about the history of the spread of Christian culture by Apennine Peninsula.
From here only a few steps to charming Gate Port Sant Angelo. This is a bright sample Medieval architecture. Perhaps this is the most picturesque building of this type in the city. Inside is interesting Museum, dedicated to urban fortifications.
From here you can continue to move to the West. There, still in the walls, you can admire Church of St. Francis and Otrtaria San Bernardino. However, it is better to go down Street Zefferino Fainy, and then stroll along the charming embankment, in which the former was turned aqueduct. The inhabitants of the houses located along it are trying to decorate balustrades with bright colors, which makes the place very fun and friendly.
Many tourists, optionally Catholics, go to the city Saint Francis. It is considered Christian holy, which most often attend Atheists. And it is not surprising – life story this person is so fascinating, and his Attitude towards peace So gentle that I want to know it better.
We enter the city from the port San Pietro. On the left you can see the place of pilgrimage. However, people here are a bit. Life continues lazily and sleepy. The atmosphere is not felt extremely sublime – rather bright and calm. Maybe it’s merit Messenat, who witnessed his life that you can live in harmony with what surrounds us? And the monumental building, erected in honor of the poor, does not even look fake. He is huge with his simplicity, he fascinates White stone and Ornament sockets, placed above portica Top and Lower Temple.
Inside a lot of noise and fuss, but not felt Artificially created atmosphere. Group of schoolchildren, Arriving here by Excursion, Priests, families, Lonely tourists – All admire beautiful Frescoes Jotto. The frescoes are so magical colorful and so known on thousands of etudes that every familiar detail pleases the eye. Visitors point to fingers on Sermon Francis Birds or at Fire test before Sultan.
Saint Francis also protects his church. When in 1997 In the city there was a strong earthquake, The temple was only Slightly damaged – some vaults of the transmit and neopa collapsed. True, then Four people died, But, if you compare with destruction in other places, the present miracle that was here so few victims and material losses.
Street St.Francis – This is a pleasant street with unobtrusive souvenir shops and Restaurants. On the roofs of buildings you can find many tiny chapel, which residents worship every day.
Streets rise higher and higher. Driving is not particularly interesting square Piazza&# 8211;Del Comuno with town hall and Tempio Minerva, Turn left at Street San Rufino.
After a small lift you will see Church of St. Rufina. She got its name named one of First Bishops Assisi. Facade of the Church, made in Romanesque style, – one of the most magnificent in all Umbria. However, its interior is not impressive – inside the church Empty and dark.
Let’s go through this time Labyrinth of streets. On charming streets we get on Beautiful square open-view on which it stands Church of St. Clara. This is a student St. Francis, And the legend of their unusual relationship exists to this day. They say that Clara, Following his mentor, decided to renounce the world and join the monastery. It was not easy, she came from a rich family, and their relatives intended to marry her. However, she secretly met with Francis, who became her spiritual father. But one day she escaped from the house and accepted.
Myself Temple represents Building 1265. It was built on the site of the former Church of San Georgeo, Where were buried Francis and Clara.
It’s almost the end of the visit Assisi. However, you must attend church St. Damiano. He is already outside the city walls. From Church of St. Clara need to turn right to the side Porta Nuova, and then a little under the mountain. First you drive a wonderful Olive groves, And then, at the end of a cool road, small buildings appear timbyly. Just going closer, you can notice what was in a small Ancient monastery.
it Church and Monastery San Damiano. Place where on legend in 1205, Francis, during prayer, met and talked to Jesus Christ. V 1212 Related here Holy Clara and her sequence, and the construction of the first Monastery Order Clarirsok. It is worth going inside. From the threshold affects the filigree. Tiny chapel with a copy of the famous crucifixion, then choirs and residential premises
Finally we drip cozy Street St. Clara. To this day she pleases the eye with beautiful flowers. And the surroundings of monasteries give her an unusual charm.
On this our excursion to the pearls Umbria Ends. Charming and fascinating places. And it is still surprising that these places are undervalued and still so rarely visited.
Geography: Umbria Located almost B Center of the Apennine Peninsula. Borders with Tuscany, Mark and Lazio. Tiber crosses the region from north to south.
Transport: Perugia and Assisi serviced International Airport Perugia San Francesco D&# 8217; Assisi – Umbria. From here you can fly to Munich (Lufthansa / Air Dolomiti) and all year round in Bucharest (Wizz Air) and Bari (Mistral Air). However, the best way to get here is first by plane in Rome (up to one of the airports) and then By train from stations Termini or Tiburtina. Price The cheapest train ticket to one direction is about 12 Euro (travel time ; 2.5-3 hours). On the way B Perugia You drive Assisi, Where stops Most trains. Traveling between Perugia and Assisi occupies near 20-30 minutes. And costs near 3 Euro.
When crossing the border: passport.
Movement in Umbria: No restrictions. The easiest way to travel between major cities is relatively Cheap trains. Unfortunately, their great drawback – timeliness. Near Perugia Two roads intersect: along the axis North South (SS3BIS / E45) and on the axis East-West (SS73 / SS318) connecting the motorway A1 (Milan Bologna-Rome Naples) and A14 (along the western coast from Bologna to Bari).
Additional Information: Day trip from Rome how in Perugia, So B Assisi, Easy to organize on one’s own. If you want to spend more of time v Umbria, It is worth staying in Umbria or Todi – there is a lot cheaper than in Assisi.