The Balcony of Umbria

Looking out from Montefalco, the Balcony of Umbria

This adorable little hilltown gave us plenty to explore and admire. With a stupendous panorama of the plains below, Montefalco lives up to its nickname: “The Balcony of Umbria.” The town is old old old, having first been settled by the Umbri in the 9th to 4th centuries B.C.E. — that’s almost 3,000 years ago!

With no list of must-sees, we were free to enjoy the town itself as the main sight. Its tangle of flower-filled cobbled alleys and unexpected valley views were enough to make us happy we had come here.

Mom and Dad, always clowning around

Gino checking something out at the far end

4′ 11′ me –
it shows you how narrow these alleys really can be

A resident of Montefalco takes a break

As we left through the old gate, we spotted a wine-tasting event off to one side. Breezing through, we were treated to a fabulous display: several wine barrels were lined up, their ends artistically and colorfully decorated.

We exited back through the stone wall, glancing up in time to spy a marble plaque listing the name of the towns’ fallen and missing from WWII. Next town: Bevagna.

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