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1.Tourist travel: from Valfabbrica to Gubbio (35.8 km)

On the east side of Chiascio river, Valfabbrica is a small Middle age village originally competed between Gubbio - Assisi. The itinerary goes through the road of 46km that Saint Francesco followed for the first time in 1206 after Christ, going from Assisi to Gubbio and that after the Saint will follow for large parts each time he desires to reach the Sanctuary of the Verna. Around mid XII century it was fortified with walls and towers, of which the traces can still be found in some parts. Remarkable, nearby, a parish which preserves at the inside marvelous frescoes of the umbrian school dating bact to the '300s.
Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past. Two important witnesses of the past are the Tavole Eugubine, one of most important documents referring to the ancient people called Italici and the Roman Theatre just outside the walls of the town. Dominated from the top by the Basilica on which the rests of St. Ubaldo are buried, Gubbio keeps architectonic masterpieces testifying the beauty and the imprtance of what used to be during the Middle ages, a real town-state. At the beginning of the XIV century the Consuls Palace, today symbol of the town, was constructed together with the square Piazza Pensile and Pretorio Palace. To remind the palaces Beni, del Bargello with the famous fountain, of People Captain, in typical renaissance style, Dukes Palace by Francesco Giorgio Martini which testity the importance of the period on which the Montefeltro's family had the administration of the town.

2. Tourist travel: from Valfabbrica to Assisi (21.9 km)

Assisi Italy stretches out on the slopes of the Monte Subasio, above the plain where the Topino and Chiascio rivers flow. Assisi's oldest nucleus, which is protected by a defensive apparatus made up of eight fortified entrance portals and a long belt of town walls, which are still perfectly preserved, is topped by two castles on peak of the mountain: the Major Castle, reconstructed by the Cardinal Albornoz in 1367 and the Minor Castle. Apart from religious buildings too important to not be considered solely the heritage of Assisi such as the basilica of St. Francis, the tourist can also visit the churches of St. Clare, St.Peter and St. Rufino. In the plain, the impressive basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels was built according to the plans of Alessi between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola Chapel, which was the first simple meeting-place of the Francescan brotherhood.

Topics:

• Franciscan Trail

3. Tourist travel: from Valfabbrica to Perugia - Lago Trasimeno (45.1 km)

Perugia, the great "Guelf strong-hold" rises up in the region's heart, with its 5 storical quarters closed-in by its Etruscan town walls. Entering the city via Porta San Pietro, whose exterior was remodelled by Agostino di Duccio in 1475, you'll arrive at the basilica of St. Dominic on the right-hand side; the very important National Archeological Museum of Umbria is to be found in the adjacent cloisters and convent.
Continuing along, you'll reach the Piazza del Sopramuro, where the 15th century Palace of the Old University and the adjacent Palace of the People's Captain look down on the square. Further on, after a short climb, you'll find yourself in one of Italy's most important squares, where you'll see the Priors'Palace, the Cathedral and the 13th century fountain Major Fountain at the center. These monuments render the Piazza Grande of Perugia (now called Piazza IV Novembre) a superb architectural complex. This is the largest lake in the Italian peninsula and the fourth largest in Italy as a whole. It is of fluvial origin and perhaps partly teotonic. Heart-shaped, it covers an area of 128 sq. kms. There are three islands: Maggiore and Minore close to the northern shore, and Polvese in the southeast corner. All water sports can be pursued and it is a real anglers'paradise with the beautiful countryside and excellent amenities attracting large numbers of tourists. There are well equipped riding stables, with signposted paths for horse riding, and itineraries for those who prefer walking or mountain biking through the woods and along the crests of the hills. Golf enthusiasts can make use of the nine hole golf course, and there are areas equipped for archery and tennis courts. The territory has always been contested for its strategic importance, its beauty, and the richness of its waters and lands. Once settled in one of the eight Trasimeno municipalities (Castiglione del Lago, Cittą della Pieve, Magione, Paciano, Panicale, Passignano, Piegaro, Tuoro) a series of very pleasant excursions can be planned.