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Discovering Umbria

Umbria, the green heart of Italy, land of history, art, culture and traditions. Rich with cities over a 1000 years old, with fascinating medieval villages and natural landscapes.

Living in Umbria means immersing yourself in the tranquility of nature, far from the chaos of the cities, walking through the woods and mountains, rediscovering the secrets of long ago, savouring the taste of local produce, from olive oil to wine to truffles...regenerating one’s body and soul, reaching a balanced harmony.


A journey of discovery through the historic, architectural and natural heritage of the region, exploring the locations and untouched treasures, monuments and discoveries from centuries ago.


Carved on top of a rocky cliff between the valleys of the rivers Tiber and Nera, Amelia is one of the most interesting historical centers of Southern Umbria. In the town, surrounded by the powerful polygonal wall, age and style juxtapose themselves with original results and an environmental quality, testifying the stages of architecture and art from the Roman era to that of 700AD. The churches and buildings reveal the importance that Amelia had between 500AD and 700AD, especially as the centre of diffusion of the Mannerism and Baroque art movements. The whole area is characterized by a harmonious succession of landscapes that appeared authentic fresh and natural. The cliffs that descend towards the valley of the Tiber are covered by the mark of the Mediterranean. 

Three good reasons to visit Ameila:

The polygonal wall.
The Roman Cistern (Subterranean Amelia)
The Archaeological Museum (Statua del Germanico)

As soon as one enters the town, they can admire the imposing fortified work of the polygonal wall, constructed between the 3rd and 2nd century BC, which bestow he unmistakable appearance of walled town.

Along the walled perimeter are 4 gates: Porta Romana, the primary point of access to the town, Porta Posterola, Porta Leone IV, and Porta delle Valle. Among the monuments to visit in town are the Cathedral, the most important religious edifice in Amelia, the Monastery of Saint Magno, the Church of Saint Francis, the Church of Saint Augustin, and the rural Church of the Lady of the Five Springs, which according to legend offered shelter to Saint Francis. Notably the 15th Century palace Nacci and the 16th Century palace Farrattini and Petrignani, the tower Civica, symbol of communal freedom, and the splendid 18th Century theatre. The then-Collegio Boccarini is now the base of the museum of archaeology, where it is possible to admire the imposing bronze statue of Germanico, grandson of the emperor Tiberius, and other important discoveries retrieved from the Amerino territory. 3km away from the historic centre, immersed in the green of the Amerino hills is the stupendous convent of the Santissima Annunziata, constructed above a pre-existing hermitage in the 15th Century. Other than its exterior beauty, Amelia even has surprises underground, in a passage that leads to the discovery of the Ancient Roman Cisterns, constructions of hydraulic engineering built around the 2nd Century AD, and is accessible to the public from Piazza Matteoti. Among the natural beauty is the river Rio Grande creating a lake called lago Vecchio, accessible by a foot path and frequented by the lovers of fishing. For those who love woods a few kilometers from the town is a large park “La Cavallerizza”.


Tourist Information
IAT del Comprensorio dell’Amerino
Via Roma, 4- 05022 Amelia
Tel. 0744981453 - Fax 0744981566

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