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Valfabbrica, Umbria

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Valfabbrica is a small town in north-east Umbria, near Perugia.

The town is located on the “Franciscan Path of Peace", the route that traces the journey of St. Francis (1182-1226) when he abandoned his father's house in Assisi and took refuge in Gubbio.

Explore Valfabbrica

In the Old Town of Valfabbrica, called "Pedicino," we find the old medieval castle, which still has a tower which was the ancient gate of the castle. A second tower was added at the end of the 19th century, and also a bell tower.

Inside the castle is the Church of San Sebastiano, rebuilt in the 16th century. This church holds a work of art of great interest, the "Holy Family" by Benedetto Bandiera*.

Outside the castle we find the church of Our Lady of ‘Foce’, built in the mid-17th century. The façade of the church is decorated with a rose window moulded in clay, and inside, above the altar, there is a painting of "Madonna and Child with Angels." Just along the main road is the parish church of “Santa Maria Assunta,” built in 1960 and characterized by polychrome glass windows.

Leaving the church and going to the cemetery we arrive at the old Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria. Inside the abbey is a fresco by Cimabue’s School representing the "Lamentation over the Dead Christ." Near the apse, inside a niche supported by two medieval columns, there is the “Majesty between Saints and Angels”, a work dating back to  14th century.

Casa Castalda

The small village of Casa Castalda, a small village of Lombard origin, is also part of Valfabbrica. The old town of the village has a typical medieval structure, with a series of narrow streets and alleys.

The church of Our Lady of the Assumption is very ancient, originally built before the year 1000 and the impressive tower is the highest point of the region. Inside the church there is a fine organ and a triptych by Matteo da Gualdo (1435-1507). We find other works by Matteo da Gualdo in the Shrine of Our Lady of the “Olmo”, such as a fragmentary fresco depicting St. Anne with the Virgin Child.

Attractions near Valfabbrica

The whole area around Valfabbrica is scattered with small and quaint medieval villages, such as Giomici, an ancient castle of the eleventh century, Poggio San Dionisio, on the top of a hill, and Collemincio, dating from the late tenth century.

In this land rich in historical and cultural traditions, there is also room for the lovers of  nature, walking in a landscape still untouched in many respects, and offering genuine products of high quality, such as truffles, cheeses, homemade sausages and wines.

See also history of Valfabbrica. Note: photo is copyright

* For artist details see notes about Italian painters

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Selected places to visit near Valfabbrica

visit Assisi
Assisi 10 km
visit Bastia Umbra
Bastia Umbra 11 km
visit Nocera Umbra
Nocera Umbra 16 km
visit Valtopina
Valtopina 16 km
visit Gualdo Tadino
Gualdo Tadino 17 km
visit Perugia
Perugia 18 km
visit Bettona
Bettona 19 km
visit Gubbio
Gubbio 21 km
visit Spello
Spello 21 km
visit Bevagna
Bevagna 25 km

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