The city of Quintana and Baroque in Umbria has ancient origins, traceable in elegant architecture and precious paintings. There is various historical curiosities, first of all that the first edition of the Divine Comedy (1472) was printed here. The third city in the region by population after Perugia and Terni, located in the central-eastern part of Umbria, Foligno stretches out at the foot of the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, lying on the plain where the Topino and Menotre rivers meet.
See more fo...The city of Quintana and Baroque in Umbria has ancient origins, traceable in elegant architecture and precious paintings. There is various historical curiosities, first of all that the first edition of the Divine Comedy (1472) was printed here. The third city in the region by population after Perugia and Terni, located in the central-eastern part of Umbria, Foligno stretches out at the foot of the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, lying on the plain where the Topino and Menotre rivers meet.
The Umbrians, who founded Foligno, were followed by the Romans who made it their town hall and an important station on the Via Flaminia. Destroyed subsequently by barbarian invasions and rebuilt, it was a free commune from the 11th century, but around 1310 it passed under the dominion of the Trinci (from 1336 vicars of the Church), and it developed considerably, until the 15th century when it became part of the state Pontifical and, except for the Napoleonic period, remained there until 1860.
The historic center of the city preserves religious buildings and noble palaces of absolute value. In Piazza della Repubblica, the center of social and civil life since the Middle Ages, overlook: the Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Trinci (1389-1407), today the City Museum, which preserves splendid fifteenth-century frescoes, the Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint Feliciano, Palazzo Orfini, where in 1472 the first edition of the Divine Comedy and the Palazzo del Podestà were printed.
Not far from the historical center and worth a visit are: the Oratory of the Nunziatella, a fine example of Renaissance architecture with frescoes by Perugino (1507), the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Infraportas, with interesting votive decorations and the former church of San Domenico , now transformed into the Auditorium, the church of San Francesco, which preserves the remains of Blessed Angela da Foligno, a famous mystic and teacher of theology, and finally Palazzo Candiotti, the latter being the headquarters of the Quintana Joust.
In its territory we find other important excellences. Do not miss the Abbey of Sassovivo (11th century), with a beautiful Romanesque cloister consisting of 128 paired or spiral columns. Then meet Montefalco, called the Umbria railing and famous all over the world for the excellent Sagrantino wine; Bevagna, a splendid Roman municipality and then an important medieval nucleus; Trevi, which gently climbs the hill with the silvery green of the olive trees; Spello, an extreme appendage of Monte Subasio, was a flourishing and important Roman colony; Nocera Umbra, spa and water city; Gualdo Cattaneo, with the fortress and castles.
Among the most important events organized in the city, the Giostra della Quintana in the Challenge of June and the Revenge of September deserves a particular note. Another event of great resonance is also I Primi d'Italia, dedicated to national and international first courses and the best gastronomy.
Florido is the craftsmanship of this territory that ranges from the production of baskets and ropes in Bevagna, to the centuries-old production, unique in Italy, of lime and rasps in Sellano, to the fabrics of Montefalco and the restoration of musical instruments and construction of organs of Foligno.
The gastronomy draws its origins from the peasant tradition and is characterized by dishes with genuine flavors seasoned with the excellent extra virgin olive oil from the local hills, accompanied by the tasty and full-bodied wines of the Strada del Sagrantino.