Pietralunga is a cute village surrounded by unspoiled countryside. It is one of the most ancient settlements in Umbria.
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…
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.
You can discover these little hamlets driving along the Tiberina Road, past Trestina and following the Nestore River bank.
The Basilica of Canoscio (XIX Century) is a gorgeous site. The shrine of Madonna di Canoscio remains a centre of Marian devotion today, and along with the Parish Church of St. Cosmas and St. Damian (XII century), is visited by 100.000 devotees every year.
In 1935 the Canoscio hoard was found, a 6th-century paleo-Christian dinner service of 25 silver pieces, now displayed in the Duomo Museum (Città di Castello).
Morra and the San Crescentino Oratory (1420) with frescoes by Luca Signorelli, who stopped in Morra moving from his native Cortona to Città di Castello. The entire fresco cycle was restored by the famous contemporary artist Alberto Burri in the 1980s.
The Upper Tiber Valley lies across two Italian regions and is governed by Tuscany in the north and Umbria in the south. Also known as Valtiberina, the valley takes its name from the River Tiber.
Situated right in the centre of Italy, the area populated first by the Etruscans and then by the Romans (the latter used to build their summer villas in the Valtiberina, including Pliny the Younger), offers you a chance to take an in-depth look at its medieval towns, impressive monuments and renaissance treasures. You can pick your own artistic and cultural itinerary. Here you can admire the art of Raphael (1483-1520), Piero della Francesca (1415-1492), Luca Signorelli (1445-1523), the Della Robbia family and many others… You can also discover the places frequented by St. Francis, the patron saint of Italy, through the beautiful abbeys, monasteries and churches.
The only highway that passes through the valley is the E45.