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Agritourism in Umbria - Stroncone

Agritourism in Umbria - Stroncone

Things to see and do: in Stroncone...

 

 Gastronomy and Wine:

The area around Stroncone offers the chance to taste some of the best-loved food and wine products of Umbria. Among these is certainly "Umbria PDO" extra virgin olive oil, produced by Azienda Agraria Malvetani in the company's modern oil mill, using techniques that date as far back as Roman times.

In addition to olive oil, it is possible to taste the excellent wines produced by the"La Palazzola" agricultural company, the highly distinctive Stroncone bread made according to medieval recipes, fresh or o seasoned pecorino cheese and a series of typical local salamis.

Guests of the Casale Collepera who request to do so at the time of booking will be able to take part in unforgettable tastings of these delightful, products typical of the area and of Umbria. Wine and other products may be sampled at the Casale or, in some cases, directly on the producer's premises.

Art, Culture and Tradition:

Just beyond the town gate is the Church of San Giovanni with its well-preserved frescoes from the school of Zuccari and vault decorations by G. Bastioni. The Church of San Nicoḷ is well worth a visit, with its beautiful Romanic portal decorated in Byzantine-style bas-reliefs, as is the church of S. Michele, once home to the 6 precious illuminated choral manuscripts of the 16th century that are now kept in the Town Hall.

Outside the walls is the Convent of Saint Francis, founded by the Assisi Friar in 1213,. Inside can be found some interesting frescoes from the Umbrian school of the 14th century, a beautiful wooden statue of Saint Sebastian and a glass urn with the body of Sant'Antonio Vici da Stroncone. There is a marvellous image of the Saint of Assisi, one of the most faithful available, dating back to around the 15th century.

Not far from the town can be found the Abbey of “San Benedetto in Fundis”, founded in 771 by Anza, mother of Adelchi, the last Lombard king, defeated by Charlemagne, a impressive ruin in the middle of an oak wood.

For folklore and traditions, click here for a complete list of festivals and shows held in Stroncone.

Nature and Sport: bike tour and...

Stroncone gives access to the vast tableland called I Prati, which is of great naturalist importance for the range and composition of its flora. Situated c. 950 metres above sea level and well-serviced, it is an ideal base for bike tours and trekking trips to suit all tastes.

Trails are divided into three categories: difficult, medium and easy. Among these are the “Cimitelle” walk (2 km), a quiet trail where you can admire hornbeam woods and ancient chestnut groves, and the brink trail called “Ruschio”, (1 km) which leads to the fascinating Franciscan hermitage which is well preserved and the object of many a pilgrimage.

Agritourism in Umbria – “I Prati di Stroncone”

Agritourism in Umbria – “I Prati di Stroncone”

Agritourism in Umbria – “I Prati di Stroncone”

  ...and the surrounding area

In the immediate surroundings of Stroncone, at less than half an hour's drive from our rural house, you can visit some of the most beautiful and impressive spots in this part of Umbria. One of the most interesting places, from a naturalistic point of view, is without a doubt the Marmore Falls: 165 metres in height, they are the highest waterfalls in Europe. It is possible to do sport near the falls, such as biking tour, sport climbing, potholing and caving, whereas on the waters of the Nera river, below the falls, you can go canoeing, rafting, canyoning or hydrospeeding at the "Le Marmore" Centre.

More important naturalist targets are the Alviano WWF Reserve and Lake Piediluco, the second larges lake in Umbria, where you can hire sailing boats, kayaks and small motor boats. It's very interesting and really evocative to make a bike tour of the lake.

One historical and artistic location that is worth mentioning are the Roman ruins of "Carsulae" in the immediate vicinity of Terni, along the original tract of the via Flaminia, an important communication route linking Rome to the Adriatic coast during the Roman Empire.

 

Umbria – Marmore Falls

 

Umbria – Carsulae Ruins

Umbria - Lake Piediluco

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