Poggiovalle is strategically located for anyone wishing to visit some of the most beautiful cities of Umbria and Tuscany in the surrounding areas.
Città della Pieve is a charming village of medieval origin located on a plateau, between the Chiana Valley and the Trasimeno lake, awarded with the “Orange Flag” for historical landscape conservation. The town was the home of Pietro Vannucci, called “Il Perugino”, one of the most important Renaissance painters, who was Raphael’s master, and it holds some of his valuable works. In the historic centre a number of buildings stand out, such as the Rocca Perugina (fortress), the Cathedral of the Saints Gervasius and Protase, Della Corgna Palace, the Diocesan–Civic Museum. Every year, in August, the Palio dei Terzieri takes place to evoke the Renaissance atmosphere: the village is tinged with colors, flag–weavers and drummers perform in the streets, old craft shops and taverns reopen; the event ends with the fascinating Historical Parade. Furthermore Città della Pieve is a top Italian producer of high quality saffron.
The Trasimeno Lake is one of Umbria’s most precious natural jewels, the fourth in Italy in width, with picturesque villages overlooking its shores, spectacular sunsets, breathtaking views. Scattered across the lake there are three small islands: the Polvese, the Maggiore and the Minore (private and not visitable), connected to the mainland by a ferry service. Castiglione del Lago, Passignano sul Trasimeno, San Feliciano, Monte del Lago are a must–see; in the hills above other unmissable stops are Castel Rigone, with its magnificent Sanctuary of Maria Santissima dei Miracoli, masterpiece of the Umbrian Renaissance, the Lambardi Tower in Magione and the panoramic hamlet of Monte Colognola. The lake area offers a wide range of activities: trekking, biking, equipped beaches, fishing.
Orvieto is an ancient town located on a great mass of tuff, the Rupe, that stands on the Paglia river plain and displays one of Umbria’s richest artistic and cultural heritage. The symbol of the city is the majestic cathedral, the Duomo, superb expression of the Italian Romanesque–Gothic style. Authentic casket of art, its historic centre presents visitors with a vast array of wonders: the San Patrizio well, the City Hall, the Palace of the Capitano del Popolo, the Moro Tower, the Albornoz Fortress, the Church of San Giovenale, the Church of San Domenico. Orvieto has a varied museum circuit, among which stand out the Archaeological Civic Museum and the M.O.D.O. (Opera del Duomo Museum). The Etruscan Necropolis of the Crocifisso del Tufo is located just outside the city walls.
Powerful Etruscan community and then important medieval town, Perugia is a significant and cultural holiday destination. Seat of the University for over 700 years, its historic centre preserves innumerable treasures: the fortress Rocca Paolina, the main street Corso Vannucci, the IV Novembre Square, with to the center the Main Fountain, the City Hall, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, known as Duomo, the Priori Palace, with inside the Sala dei Notari, the Frontone Garden, the Church of San Michele Arcangelo and the Romanesque Basilica of San Pietro. The Priori Palace houses the National Gallery of Umbria (GNU), one of the richest art collections in Italy. Perugia is also the venue for international events, such as Eurochocolate in autumn and Umbria Jazz held every year in July.
The Marmore waterfalls are situated in the Valnerina, not far from the city of Terni, in the homonymous Natural Park. It is one of the most famous waterfalls in Italy and one of the highest, with a difference in altitude of 165 meters, divided into three spectacular jumps. Formidable Roman feat of engineering, it was created to allow the Velino river waters outflow. The Botanic Garden located inside the Nera Regional Fluvial Park, offers a range of marked paths with suggestive panoramic view points. Furthermore you can experience a variety of activities: rafting, canoeing, canyoing, river walking, hydrospeed. Please pay attention to the visiting hours of the waterfalls, not always at full capacity, since its waters are used for electricity production.
Perched on the crest of a hill, in the southern part of Tuscany, not far from Siena, Montepulciano is a beautiful medieval city of Etruscan origins, placed in a scenic spot facing the marvelous Orcia Valley, the Chiana Valley and the hills covered in vineyards, that produce the famous wine Nobile di Montepulciano. The city owes its greatness to the powerful Medici family and to historical figures such as the poet Angelo Poliziano and the architect Antonio da Sangallo. The stunning Piazza Grande is the heart of the city centre and is adorned with the City Hall with its panoramic tower, the Duomo and at the back the Medici Fortress. We also recommend to visit the Civic Museum, which includes the Pinacotheca Crociani, and the Renaissance Sanctuary of San Biagio, that rises isolated under the city walls, in the middle of the Tuscan landscape. The town is part of the association “The most Beautiful Villages in Italy” and it is awarded with the “Orange Flag” for historical landscape conservation. Montepulciano is moreover seat of cultural and folkloristic events, such as the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, an international art exhibition, and the Bravio delle Botti, a unique race made with barrels among the alleys of the village.
Known since Etruscan and Roman times, San Casciano’s thermal waters are valued for its therapeutic qualities. In the Middle Age, thanks to the proximity of the pilgrim road Francigena, the location became renowned for the treatment of liver and digestive tract diseases. During the Grand Ducal age, the Medici noble family first and then the Lorena lineage, praised and benefited from the precious thermal waters. The town is part of the association “The most Beautiful Villages in Italy” and it is awarded with the “Orange Flag” for historical landscape conservation. The mineral thermal waters gush out from more than forty springs, at a temperature of 42°C. Nearby the historic centre, surrounded by the green Tuscan hills, the Spa Center Fonteverde offers a complete multi–sensory wellness circuit: the big thermal pool with swan neck hydromassage jets and a waterfall, the Bioaquam pool with Jacuzzi, the Etruscan Circuit, consisting of grotto, sauna and Turkish bath, a wide range of aesthetic treatments, massages, mud and inhalation therapies. Poggiovalle Tenuta Italiana guests benefit from a discount.