Solomeo & Corciano

Two charming hilltop hamlets just outside of Perugia await discovery.


The characteristic hamlet of Solomeo is nestled in the beautiful green hills of Umbria. It’s a peaceful place, surrounded by silence, hospitality and breathtaking scenery.


The village has recently been rediscovered. It regained its ancient splendor and returned to its former glory thanks to its resident – cashmere entrepreneur Brunello Cucinelli – who restored it completely, with love and respect.


The 13th– century hamlet of Solomeo was built on the site of an ancient settlement known as Villa Solomei. In 1391 its inhabitants decided to fortify the village and build a castle.


The beautiful church of St Bartholomew is a real gem, especially on the inside. The first nucleus of this structure dates back to the 13th century. It was later rebuilt in the 18th century.

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In the end of July the village travels back in time and frames one of the most distinctive events of this region – Solomeo Rinascimentale, a nine-day medieval street fair with shows, demonstrations, music and dancing. The village streets and piazzas come to life with the never ending past…




Arts and craft exhibitions are hosted in the village streets, lit with hundreds of torches, along with regional specialties tastings in this perfect atmosphere: handmade pasta, high quality local produce, homemade desserts, wine, torcoli with vin santo, and of course, my favourite panzanella (bread salad)..

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Falconers, minstrels, artisans, jugglers welcome visitors, connoisseurs of Italian village life and of Brunello’s cashmere!

Falconry show in the open-air amphitheater.



You can feel Brunello’s patronage in every detail. A curved Ionic portico and colonnade leading to the entrance to the Cucinelli Theatre. It faces the large amphitheater where concerts are held. Internationally renowned artists perform on these stages. Do not miss the Villa Solomei Festival – a unique occasion to enjoy classical music of the highest level.


The centuries-old town of Corciano is just 9km away. It is listed among the Most Beautiful Italian Villages and is a charming evocative place to wander.



Corciano is surrounded by three concentric walls and vast green swaths of land.


Park at the entrance to the hamlet and walk up through the Porta Santa Maria.

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As you walk up and down the narrow streets and steps, taking pictures and enjoying beautiful panoramas from the numerous viewpoints, you are taken by timeless medieval atmosphere.

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Corciano was a strategic site, overlooking the valley that joined the Trasimeno area and the Tiber River valley, quite a desirable stronghold in the constant warfare of the 14th and 15th centuries.


Legend has it that the castle of Corciano was founded by Coragino, the mythical companion of Ulysses.


The iconic tower Torrione di Porta Santa Maria built in 1482.


Church of Santa Maria Assunta (13th century), where one can admire the Assumption by Perugino (1513) and the Gonfalon by Benedetto Bonfigli (1472).


So if you are exploring the area, looking for a simple, peaceful getaway, consider a visit to these evocative and atmospheric villages. As this is what Umbria really is – authentic, unspoiled and traditional .

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Pietralunga, Back the Clock

Pietralunga is a cute village surrounded by unspoiled countryside. It is one of the most ancient settlements in Umbria.

The Town Hall, built over the tower of a Lombard fortress, and the parish Church of St. Mary (8th to 10th Century) are the town's most important buildings.
The Town Hall, built over the tower of a Lombard fortress, and the parish Church of St. Mary (8th to 10th Century) are the town’s most important buildings.

During the Palio della Mannaja, in August, you can really immerse yourself into a medieval atmosphere and be taken back in time walking down the narrow streets, witnessing engaging shows and tournaments and appreciating the medieval menus served by the tavernas. Let the locals capture your attention…

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This is the right place to ‘search’ for Umbrian gold, the truffles. Visit Tartufi Jimmy Store in Via dei Tigli 16, Pietralunga (PG) and check out their wide range of products, genuine and delicious, to take back home. Add a card “With love, from Umbria” and you get an authentic gift to give.

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