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Italy’s newest wine town is a beautiful hilltop village, rich with historic importance. Once owned by the Romans, the town now dates mostly from medieval years, when numerous churches and an eclectic jumble of houses were built to please the growing population. Today, the town’s most important date comes around once a year – the Settimana Enologica (Wine Week).
One of Montefalco’s biggest draws is the lack of tourism, despite its location just a short drive from Assisi. The town is often billed as one of the region’s undiscovered gems, and feels like it too, with the atmospheric streets and peaceful piazzas blissfully free from tour groups. Marvel at the 15th-century frescoes in the Church of San Francesco, or people watch from a cafe in the Piazza del Comune, one of Umbria’s most photogenic sqaures.
The town wouldn’t be the same without its proud wine industry, so make sure you sample the classic Montefalco Rosso red, or the DOCG Sagranito red, both of which are produced locally. There are plenty of great restaurants here too, serving these wines alongside local dishes, bowls of fresh pasta, and bread straight from the oven.
When it comes to seeing more of the surrounding area, head out by car and reach Assisi in just 35 minutes, and Perugia in 45.