Tuscany and Umbria Villages

Although not actually in Tuscany, Civita di Bagnoregio is close enough to count. It is probably the most striking of all the Italian hilltop villages, perched high above the Tiber Valley and reached only by foot. Civita's roots as a settlement go back to the Bronze Age, though most of the buildings are medieval. Less than 20 people live there year round.

Pitigliano is at the southern end of the Tuscany region. It is built on a promontory surrounded by bright green valleys, grooved by the Lente and Meleta rivers. The high tufa cliffs are chiseled with a thousand caves and tower-houses.

Perugia is an enchanting hilltop city in Umbria with a compact historic center that is a rambling maze of medieval streets.

Sassorosso is a little hillside village in the northern area of Tuscany, not far from the Apuan Alps.

Poppi Castle
The Castle of the Counts of the Guidi family stands in a dominant position atop the little medieval hilltop village of Poppi in Tuscany.

Poppi CastIe
The Poppi castle is renowned for its elegant courtyard.

Poppi CastIe
That's us part way up the main staircase in the Poppi Castle

Poppi Castle
Poppi and the surrounding Tuscan countryside as seen from the top of the Poppi Castle.

square and village buildings
The square and village buildings at the top of the hill next to the Poppi Castle.

Piazza San Benedetto in Norcia
The church of St. Benedict facing the Piazza San Benedetto in Norcia. Norcia is a small ancient village located in a wide plain abutting the Monti Sibillini in the Umbria region of Italy. Its known history began in the 5th Century BC.

Norcia is widely known for hunting, especially of the wild boar as highlighted here by our models Julie and Laurie. Sausages and ham made from wild boar and pork have been named after Norcia; in Italian, they are called norcineria.

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Last updated on 01/06/2020.