Territory

Perched on the top of a hill, Montefalco lies at the centre of the Clitunno, Topino and Tiber Valleys. From its third century walls, from the towers and from the ancient palaces, you can enjoy a wonderful view, besides Perugia and Spoleto.

In the middle ages the town was called Coccorone; this name derived from its presumed founder, the Roman senator Marco Curione. In 1249 the town acquired its present name of Montefalco, which is probably linked to the falcons of the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, expert in the art of falconry.

The town’s medieval walls form a solid circle punctuated by towers and broken by gates. The ‘main street’, Corso Mameli, and the narrow medieval alleys lead up from the main gate, porta Sant’Agostino, with its tower crowned with ghibelline merlons, to the charming, round paved square, at the top of the town, the Piazza del Comune. This is the true heart of the city, with its Communal Palace built in 1270, the deconsecrated Church of San Filippo Neri, which is today a theatre, and the Oratory of Santa Maria di Piazza.

The Church of San Francesco, situated in Via Ringhiera Umbra, represents a synthesis of the history, culture and traditions of the city. The former church, which is today a museum, is famous throughout the world for its frescoes of the life of San Francesco, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli in 1450-52; the museum also houses a Nativity by Perugino and frescoes by umbrian artists of the fifteenth century.

In Corso Mameli, the Church of St. Agostino, built between 1269 and 1285, is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved churches in Montefalco, example of Gothic style of central Italy. The most interesting works include a large fresco attributed to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the Crowning of the Virgin, and a frescoed niche by Bartolomeo Caporali painted in 1522.

In the same road, in a historical building near the main square, is situated the Hotel Degli Affreschi . This is the ideal place for a quiet holiday in an authentically medieval atmosphere and an excellent starting point to discover interesting touristic, cultural and gastronomic itinerary.