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What to see in Montefalco

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Montefalco, one of the ‘Borghi più Belli D’Italia’ (most beautiful towns in Italy), extends around the large circular piazza on top of the hill and is a gorgeous, prime example of medieval town planning. The main streets all converge on the piazza that was once called ‘dei Cavalieri’, ‘Campo del Certame’ or ‘del Popolo’. It hosts various architectural and artistic gems: the magnificent Palazzo del Comune, the former church of San Filippo, now the Teatro Municipale, the church of Santa Maria di Piazza, one of the oldest buildings in the area, as well as sumptuous 16th-century noble residences, such as Palazzo Senili and Palazzo de Cuppis. Other noble residences are the 15th-century Palazzo Pambuffetti, Palazzo Tempestivi and Palazzo Langeli, the latter bearing frescoes by the Zuccari school.

Taking the road from the piazza that leads to the 13th-century district of Colla Mora, you will reach the Chiesa e Museo di San Francesco, built by the conventual friars between 1335 and 1338. Its apse was splendidly frescoed by Gozzoli with the Stories of the life of Saint Francis. Inside, it is also possible to admire a Nativity by Perugino.

Continuing along the perimeter of the medieval walls you will reach the hamlet of San Leonardo. Here you will see the church and convent of Santa Chiara, dedicated to Chiara di Montefalco, a native saint of the town, whose body actually rests in this place; built starting from 1303, the small chapel of Santa Croce preserves a splendid cycle of 14th-century frescoes that illustrate the life of the saint. In the same district lies the church of the Illuminata, with beautiful frescoes by Melanzio, and opposite, the convent of San Leonardo.

Going back towards the main street of the town, Corso Mameli, you will see the 13th-century church of Sant’Agostino with its stunning frescoes attributed to Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Bartolomeo Caporali. Don’t miss out on a tour of the town walls: you’ll see Porta Federico II, with the adjoining Romanesque church of San Bartolomeo, Porta Sant’Agostino, with its magnificent crenelated tower, and Porta Camiano. Just near the latter stands the church of Santa Lucia, built at the end of the 13th century.

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