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.
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.