An absolute masterpiece...
An absolute masterpiece. There are few places such as Umbria where you can find the best cultural expressions of the past and the present with the utmost respect for a natural environment with precious gems like Lake Trasimeno, the Clitunno Springs, the Marmore Waterfalls and the Castelluccio Plains. Masterpieces that have remained intact where even today you can find almost each one of these artistic, architectural and natural elements in one of the world’s most extraordinary open air museums.
The journey inevitably begins in Assisi and the basilica of St. Francis, which attracted some of the most famous and greatest architects and artists from every part of Italy and abroad, such as Cimabue and Giotto, Pietro Lorenzetti and Simone Martini. .As a matter of fact, the artistic culture of Italy and modern Europe spread out from Assisi. And speaking of painting cycles dedicated to “the poor saint”, visitors can admire similar works by Benozzo Gozzoli in Montefalco. Further ahead the “lacework” of the Orvieto Cathedral appears, along with the Temple of St. Mary of the Consolation in Todi and the Palazzo dei Consoli in Gubbio. Once you’ve reached Città della Pieve how can one not stand in awe in front of Perugino’s Adoration of the Magi inside the Church of the Tears in Trevi, or in Perugia in front of the Maggiore Fountain and in Spello not remain stunned at the site of the Baglioni Chapel, the work of Pinturicchio? Or at the Cathedral of Spoleto upon seeing the frescoes of Filippo Lippi, in Foligno for those by Niccolò di Liberatore known as l’Alunno and in Gualdo for the work of Matteo da Gualdo?
The National Gallery of Perugia recounts the history of the great Umbria artists in addition to those from other areas: from Gentile da Fabriano to Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. Various museums and collections speak to the world in the cities of ceramics (Deruta, Gualdo Tadino and Gubbio) and the cities of oil and wine are home to theme museums in Torgiano and Trevi. Finally, Umbria’s passage into the modern world occurred without upheaval, as described in the masterpieces of Gerardo Dottori and Alberto Burri “the revolutionary artist of sacks”.