A brief description of Montefalco...
dell'Umbria" (Railing of Umbria)
is the definition associated
with Montefalco, because from atop its walls,
the view expands across the entire fertile
Umbrian valley. Besides
Perugia and Spoleto you can see Foligno, Bevagna, Trevi,
Gualdo Cattaneo, Giano dell'Umbria, as well as the silhouettes of
Monti Martani, Monte Subasio and Appennines,
the summit of Monte Vettore and the meandering beds of the Clitunno
and Topino. And it is precisely in this amazing position that the
"Residenza a Cortignano"
welcomes you to enjoy the beauty of
Surrounding Montefalco are olive
groves and "bone e belle vigne" (beautiful and mouth-watering
vineyards), as Piccolpasso wrote back in the 16th century,
that paint the
countryside and run up alongside the settlement. From these
come famous wines, such as "Sagrantino",
among the most well-known and highly-regarded wines in
The city of Montefalco,
built in this strategic location during the Roman era, and easily recognized by
the Medieval turreted walls that defended it, but is also a true treasure chest
of art and of spiritual life illuminated by the mystic figure of Chiara.
Benozzo Gozzoli, "pittore
costumatissimo e vero cristiano"(incredibly moral painter and a true
Christian), as he was called by Vasari, left in the church of S.
Francesco, now a museum, a marvelous series of frescoes that narrate the life of
St. Poverello. The Umbrian school, from Melanzio to Tiberio d'Assisi, is
gathered in that same museum, in one of the numerous urban churches, at S.
Fortunato, isolated between ever-green holm-oaks.