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Explore Umbria’s natural, cultural and culinary attractions and its Valnerina valley

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 09:59

The green Valnera valley crossed by the Nera River in Italy’s Umbria region. is rich in history, culture and tradition and an excellent choice for a rejuvenating trip away from the noise and chaos of the city.

Montefranco’ s castle dates back to 1228

To visit it in all its nuances, why not choose one of the small villages hidden in the valley? Like Montefranco from which you will have a whole series of places to visit within a range of 30 kilometres. Montefranco dominates the Nera Valley, and the town owes its origins to the old Bufone Castle, which dates back to 1228 and of which the Franca and Spoletina gates and the external walls still remain. 

The Marmore waterfall has a 165-metre drop

The main natural attraction in the area is undoubtedly the Parco Fluviale del Nera Natural Regional Protected Area and the majestic Marmore Waterfall (15 kilometres from Montefranco), a spectacular 165-metre drop of water, and a must-see for anyone curious to discover Umbria’s verdant nature. About 20 kilometres from our starting point you come to Lake Piediluco which is the second largest natural lake in the region after Lake Trasimeno. 

Arrone is one of Italy’s 100 most beautiful villages

Just five kilometres from Montefranco you come to Arrone, one of the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy. Arrone is not just a medieval village, as its  roads, buildings and monuments tell the story of ancient days and of  its vibrant present.  

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Moving a little further north-east we find Spoleto which is just 35 kilometres away  and Norcia (55  kilometres). Spoleto was the ancient capital of the Lombard dukes, and will enchant you with its fascinating historical and artistic heritage. Norcia is a must-visit for those who love unspoiled nature, tranquillity and good food because this town is famous for its norcineria which is the noble art of pork processing, The Valnerina area boasts numerous quality food products which are national and international favourites like the saffron from Cascia, the black Melanosporum truffle from Norcia, brown trout from the Nera River, and goat and pecorino I.G.P. and D.O.P. cheeses. All these carefully controlled and certified delicacies are the expression of an unaltered and genuine territory. Furthermore, these products are easily available in restaurants and trattorias, celebrating the culture and traditions of the Valnerina. 

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