Montefalco (Perugia – Italy) is located between the capital city of the Umbria region and Spoleto on an evocative hill standing between Topino and Clitunno rivers. For its peculiar position, it won the title of Ringhiera dell’Umbria (Umbrian Balaustrade).
The name Montefalco (literally ‘mount hawk’) was probably given by the King of Sicily, Frederick II, which spotted a large number of hawks among the Umbrian hills. The ancient name of the city (Coccorone) was changed to Montefalco in his honor.
The city stands along the way of the so-called Via Francigena, an ancient path walked by pilgrims who tried to reach Rome from France during the Middle Age. At the beginning of its history, Montefalco was considered as a refreshment point before the end of the long journey.
In Montefalco you will find a wide range of points of interest: you can start by visiting one of the belvederes before going into the city and look for the may medieval palaces scattered in the city historical center. In Montefalco you will also find old style taverns, restaurants and workshops.
The city counts a notable number of artistically relevant buildings, such as St. Augustine Church (with Lorenzetti’s paintings on the inside), the City Hall building (XII cent. AC), and the Santa Illuminata Church, that used to be a cloister in which St. Claire of Montefalco lived during a period of her life.
Finally, in the Saint Francis of Assisi museum it is possible to admire frescos that describe the life of the patron Saint of Italy (painted by Benozzo Gozzoly) and the Nativity of Jesus by Pietro Perugino.
In Montefalco you will not find only excellences for your sight: here the Sagrantino wine is produced. It is a wine for everyone’s palate and it has been labelled as a DOCG (controlled and guaranteed designation of origin) product since 1992.
Sagrantino’s grapes are rich of polyphenols, chemicals that give to this wine its peculiar taste. The environment plays its part too, and thanks to the clear air of Montefalco this wine gets better year after year.
Sagrantino comes in two variants: dry and straw. Dry Sagrantino is a reach, warm and blackberry-fragant wine. It enriches the flavors of lamb, beef and pork meet. From the very same grapes Straw Sagrantino is obtained, and it is produced after a long period of drying and fermentation of the grape skins. Its taste, sweet and dry, is unique, resulting in a perfect wine to drink along with cheese, dried fruits and desserts.