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Hilltop Village Tours: Assisi In Umbria, Italy

The hill town of Assisi in Umbria is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval villages. The ancient buildings are constructed from a local stone that has slightly pink color enhancing the visual beauty of this special place with a lovely network of pedestrian lanes to explore, some of them so steep they are staircases rather than streets. The main reason that most people visit the town is because it was the home of St. Francis, one of the Catholic Church’s most important saints, who is buried here under the great basilica that was constructed two years after his death in the early 13th century.

Italian Village Walks: Civitavecchia di Arpino

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๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€ The birth of the first settlement on today’s Arpinian territory can be traced back to the Volsci. However, dating is difficult. Some scholars fix its birth around the 7th-6th century. BC, others, however, around the middle of the 4th century. B.C. Beyond Arpino there are several cities founded in the Ciociaria area by this ancient population. That of the Volsci was a population that lived above all on agriculture and pastoralism, but it was also very warlike. The wars with Rome are proof of this. The choice to build the first settlement on such high ground was due to defensive objectives. In fact, that of the Volsci was not the only population in central Italy and Marsi and Sanniti were among the most dangerous. It is for this reason that huge cyclopean (or polygonal) walls were erected to defend what would become Civitavecchia di Arpino, still visible today.

Walks: ‘Collepardo In Central Italy’ (Video)

Collepardo is a small commune and town located in the Lazzio region in Italy in the province of Frosinone. The town is located close to Rome and Frosinone. The area of Collepardo is 25 sq. km and the population is close to 950.

Collepardo is not really a tourist destination; however, several people who visit Rome and Frosinone come to Collepardo as a day excursion. The economy of the town is based on agriculture and production of olive oil. The locals in town have a laid back lifestyle and the village like atmosphere is what attracts many people to Collepardo.

Views: ‘Monteriggioni, Montepulciano & San Minato’ In Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the worldโ€™s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangeloโ€™s “David” statue, Botticelliโ€™s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica. Its diverse natural landscape encompasses the rugged Apennine Mountains, the island of Elbaโ€™s beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Chiantiโ€™s olive groves and vineyards.ย 

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Monteriggioni is a walled town in Tuscany, Italy, known for its medieval fortifications and watchtowers. The castle walls offer views of the surrounding Chianti region. The old town is accessed via the Porta Franca gate. Nearby are the Monteriggioni in Arme Museum, with replicas of ancient weapons, and the 13th-century Church of Santa Maria. To the east, Chianti Sculpture Park displays contemporary artworks.ย 

Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, itโ€™s known for its vino nobile red wine. The Torre di Pulcinella is a clock tower topped by a figure of the Pulcinella, a commedia dellโ€™arte character. On the Piazza Grande is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale, with a tower offering views of the surrounding countryside. Also here is the Duomo, with a huge triptych above its altar.

San Miniato is a town and comune in the province of Pisa, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. San Miniato sits at an historically strategic location atop three small hills where it dominates the lower Arno valley, between the valleys of Egola and Elsa rivers.ย 

Hilltop Village Walks: ‘Castel di Tora, Italy’

Castel di Tora is a comune in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Lazio, located about 50 kilometres northeast of Rome and about 20 kilometres southeast of Rieti. Castel di Tora borders the following municipalities: Ascrea, Colle di Tora, Pozzaglia Sabina, Rocca Sinibalda, Varco Sabino.

The first historical evidence of this village dates back to 1035, when in some chronicles there is talk of a Castrum Vetus de Ophiano, and up to 1864 in fact the village had Castelvecchio as its name. The current name was intended to be linked to an ancient Roman settlement called Tora, where in 251 AD. the martyrdom of Santa Anatolia took place. For centuries it was called “Castelvecchio”, a name changed after the unification of Italy in 1864 to that of Castel di Tora, in memory of an ancient Roman Sabine pagus called Thora Thiora. The Abbey of Farfa owned the territory of Castel di Tora. Subsequently the property belonged to the Buzi – Brancaleoni and then to the Mareri, to whom it was confiscated in 1241 by Frederick II of Swabia. In 1440 the fief of Castelvecchio passed to the Orsini and from 1558 to 1570 to the Estouteville and then passed to the Borghese. From this period there remains the testimony of a painting (1601) by the Flemish painter Paul Bril, with a harsh landscape with two castles guarding the gorge formed by the Turano. In the years 1935-38 the Posticciola dam was built and the Turano artificial lake was created which submerged the most fertile soils of the valley, causing a strong emigration of the local population. In recent years, there has been a complete transformation of the local economy, which from agriculture and pastoralism is progressively transforming and moving towards the tertiary sector of trade and tourism.

Hilltop Villages: ‘Civita di Bagnoregio’, Italy (Video)

Civita di Bagnoregio is a hilltop village in central Italy. Itโ€™s accessed via a pedestrian bridge from the nearby ticket office in Bagnoregio village. The Porta Santa Maria gateway was built by the Etruscans. Founded in the 7th century, the Romanesque San Donato Church sits in the main square. Nearby is the Geological and Landslides Museum, whose exhibits document projects to shore up the village’s eroding hillside.ย 

Hilltop Town Walks: ‘Orvieto – Italy’ (4K Video)

Orvieto is a small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria, Italy. Duomo di Orvieto, dating from 1290, has a mosaic facade and houses a marble Pietร  sculpture. The Pozzo di San Patrizio is a 16th-century well shaft with a double spiral staircase. An underground cave network attests to the cityโ€™s Etruscan roots. Artifacts from this era, like ceramics and bronze items, are on view at the National Archaeological Museum.

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โ–ผโ–ผVideo Timeline Linksโ–ผโ–ผ 0:00 Drone intro and Map 1:20 Walk begins at Porta Maggiore 4:43 Church of San Giovenale 7:11 Garden of San Giovenale 11:40 Palazzo Carvajal 16:02 Via Filippeschi 17:20 Piazza della Repubblica 18:16 Church of Sant’Andrea 25:13 Porta Romana 26:42 Southern Wall 32:41 Porta Maggiore 33:41 Via Cava 35:51 Pozzo (Well) della Cava 45:40 Piazza della Repubblica 50:21 Torre del Moro Orvieto 51:24 Via del Duomo 53:09 Duomo di Orvieto (Cathedral) 1:11:41 Back alley streets 1:15:35 Via del Duomo 1:18:13 Corso Cavour 1:27:16 Outdoor Market 1:28:48 The Albornoz Fortress 1:39:42 St. Patrick’s Well 1:50:44 Funicolare

This walk was filmed on July 25th, 2020.