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WINE TASTING
A carriage ride in the vineyards

A fantastic tour through the vineyards on a horse-drawn carriage, with a final tasting

38€ 32€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED ROADBIKE TOUR
Age-old villages between Todi and the Martani mountain range

A route through the Martani mountains, on the trail of hamlets and villages

from 70€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Along the river Clitunno

From Trevi towards the river deemed sacred by the Romans

from 90€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED ROADBIKE TOUR
Between Trevi and Spoleto on the Valle Umbra cycle path

A quiet cycle ride, protected by the hills of the Umbria valley

from 65€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED ROADBIKE TOUR
Bevagna, Spello and Santa Maria degli Angeli

The shortest version of its twin tour, but with the same exhilaration guaranteed

from 90€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Biking on the Plains of Bevagna

Biking around Bevagna, on the Umbrian countryside, immense beauty and very little effort

from 90€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Cross Country – Discover Montefalco by MTB

Come and discover Montefalco, biking off the beaten track

from 90€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Cross Country – from Bevagna to Gualdo Cattaneo

Spectacular landscapes only for the best cycle-trained legs

from 90€ Per person
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Cross Country – Mountain bike in Umbria

Mountain bike in Umbria. Get ready to pedal hard and keep your eyes on the peaks, without ever lowering the head

100€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Cross Country – The landscapes of Valle Umbra

A tour through countryside and vineyards, with gentle plains and rugged climbs

from 100€ Per person
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PRIVATE GUIDED MTB TOUR
Cross Country – The Sagrantino Grand Tour

A tour through the landscapes and vineyards of Sagrantino, where fatigue gives way to wonder and astonishment

from 100€ Per person
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Cross Country – the Sassovivo woods by MTB

In these magnificent woods you’ll need maximum peddle power

from 90€ Per person
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Discover Torgiano, the village of flavours and aromas

Discover with us the village of Torgiano. 

Nestled among vine rows and olive groves, Torgiano has always been infused with the aromas of the products of its land: oil and wine. Its history dates back thousands of years: most likely as far back as the Etruscan period. This is evidenced by some findings in the surrounding area, as well as its proximity to Bettona, the ancient Etruscan ‘Vettona’. The arrival of this population marked the beginning of the reclamation of Lake Tiberino’s marshes; the basin that from San Sepolcro extended as far as Terni. This work of reclaiming land continued with the Romans, who built canals to drain the water and protect agricultural production.

Torgiano rises where the Chiascio and the Tiber rivers converge. In Etruscan-Roman times, the latter was navigable from Città di Castello to Rome. Indeed, the Roman settlement developed as an important river port. It was destroyed, however, by the Goths of Agilulf in 595 AD. and later counted amongst the Byzantine possessions, while neighbouring Rosciano came under the Duchy of Spoleto.

Torgiano was reborn in the 13th century with the Municipality of Perugia, which decided to build the settlement of castrum Torsciani. It was built on the site of the pre-existing remains of the Roman settlement together with some houses, in the area of the current parish church of San Bartolomeo. It was Perugia itself that also built the castrum Grifonis, the current Brufa; in the same period, Fra Bevignate built the Ponte Nuovo bridge just downstream of the convergence of the Tiber and Chiascio.

For centuries, the fortified village went on to experience the same fate as the nearby city of Perugia and suffered the consequences of its internal struggles, such as those of the nobles and the guilds of the artisan bourgeoisie. On the occasion of the occupation by his militias, Muzio Attandolo Jacopo called ‘Lo Sforza’ went to Torgiano. Here, according to some historians, he met the woman who would become the mother of his son Francesco, the future Duke of Milan.

In 1426 a vicar sent from Perugia was made governor of the village. During this same period, many families from Perugia’s aristocracy settled in Torgiano, including the Ubaldi and the Baglioni: in the 17th century, the latter built their own palace, now transformed into the Museo del Vino by the wine producer Lungarotti. Subsequently, in 1478 Torgiano was devastated by the plague and sacked by the Duke of Valentino’s 10,000 soldiers. On this occasion, Cesare Borgia was accompanied by Niccolò Machiavelli who wrote a letter here on Umbrian politics. In 1540 the Salt War marked the defeat of Perugia and the transfer of Torgiano to the properties of the Papal State, under which it remained until the Unification of Italy, except during the Napoleonic period, when it was annexed to the Canton of Deruta.

During the 19th century, while the rest of the region experienced a breakdown of the large landed estates, two important, vast estates were founded in Torgiano. One was the estate of the Meniconi Bracceschi counts, the other that of the future cardinal Pietro Ugo Spinola. With the unification of Italy and later with the industrialization of the 1950s and 1960s, the social-economic scenario continued to change, turning increasingly towards modernization and increasing the area’s income. Thanks to investments in the area, Torgiano has become a premium site for the production of oil and wine (its DOC and DOCG products are renowned worldwide). It is also an attractive area from a cultural and naturalistic point of view, given the beauty of its historic centre and its almost untouched rural landscape: all characteristics of alternative, quality tourism.

Torgiano is numbered amongst the Borghi più Belli d’Italia (‘most beautiful villages in Italy’), as well as being an Oil and Wine Town and is part of the Strada dei Vini del Cantico (Cantico Wine Route), a Slow Food town and a member of the Communità Montana Monti del Trasimeno (Monti del Trasimeno Mountain Community). Its history is intertwined with that of Giorgio Lungarotti. The father of Umbrian viticulture and undisputed star of the history of Torgiano, in 1962 he opened the Lungarotti winery. Even today this is an unmissable stopping off point if you visit the village, as is the Wine Museum and the Olive and Oil Museum. Both are managed by the Lungarotti Onlus Foundation. Alongside its two primary products, Torgiano offers exquisite typical dishes prepared with wheat and flour, such as the torta al testo, the Easter cake, the schiacciata flatbread, and the legume and vegetable soup.

Numerous events see Torgiano spring to life during the year; needless to say, the majority of these owe their origin to the traditions that revolve around the produce of the land. The Fuochi di San Giorgio (Fires of San Giorgio), on April 23rd are celebrated as a good omen for the harvest. In April and May you can explore the Torgiano countryside on foot or by bike and visit wineries on their Open Day event called ‘Cantine Aperte’. At Easter, during the ‘Gustando il Borgo’ event, you can taste DOC and DOCG wines and foods.

The annual festival of San Lorenzo features traditional dishes and shows, while the previous night the ‘Calici di Stelle’ event kicks off with music and refreshment points dotted along the streets of the village. The ‘Agosto Torgianese’ festivities come to an end with ‘I Vinarelli’, an event in which artists create their works with paints diluted with wine. More art follows in November, on the occasion of ‘Vaselle d’autore per il Vino Novello’, an exhibition that hosts famous artists who work with ceramics. The new olive oil production is celebrated in the same month at the ‘Festa dell’Olio Nuovo’.

Discover what to see in Torgiano. 

Exploring Umbria advises you to start your tour from Piazza Matteotti, where Porta del Forno once stood, then enter the historic centre via Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. You will come across the Oratorio della Misericordia and the 18th-century Church of San Bartolomeo; part of the castle walls – still visible today along via Tiradossi – were demolished in order to build the church bell tower. From the same street, you can access Parco dei Mulini, an enchanting path that runs alongside the Tiber river. Opposite the church stands the 17th-century Palazzo Baglioni, now called Manganelli, and nearby, Palazzo Pallavicini-Durazzo.

Venturing further on, after a wonderful view of the Tiber Valley, you will reach a wider area in front of the ancient ‘Porta di Sotto’; below, to the left, is the house that belonged to the Signorelli of Rosciano, which had a small oratory within it. At this point, take the tree-lined avenue where you will find other remains of the medieval walls, and towering above, the majestic Torre della Jaccera.

Exploring Umbria then suggests you take Via di Mezzo, where you will find the Palazzo Comunale on the left, on the corner with Piazza Baglioni; on the other side of the piazza you will see the beautiful Palazzo Graziani Baglioni, home of the Museo del Vino. At the end of Corso Vittorio you will see the Oratorio di Sant’Antonio, with a Madonna and Child on the outside attributed to the school of Domenico Alfani, a painter from Perugia and a pupil of Raphael. Going beyond Piazza Umberto I and walking along Via Garibaldi, you will come across the church of Santa Maria del Castello, once connected to the medieval hospital which was located in the piazza of the same name; from here you can take Via del Mulino at the rear of the building and enter a small wine bar, which leads to the Antica Fornace di Torgiano.

If, instead, you continue to the right, you can visit the Museo dell’Olio, housed in a large building that was used to mill olives. You will then reach Piazza della Repubblica, where Palazzetto Malizia is located, home of the MACC: the Museo d’Arte e Ceramica Contemporanea (Museum of Contemporary Art and Ceramics). Returning to Piazza Matteotti, take Viale della Rimembranza which will lead you to Torre Baglioni, Torgiano’s iconic monument, and again to the church of Santa Maria dell’Olivello.

During the entire tour of the village, we suggest you pay attention to the numerous works of contemporary artists who have wanted to pay tribute to the history of Torgiano. These include Nino Caruso, who created the Fonte di Giano in Piazza Baglioni and the Fonte dei Cocciari in Piazza Santa Maria, and the paintings by Mario Madiai. In the narrow streets, you can admire frescoes by Elvio Marchionni and Marc Sardelli, which evoke ancient Torgiano handicrafts.

At this point you will have explored Torgiano to the full. However, Exploring Umbria advises you to go on to discover its surroundings: along the provincial road that goes north stands the beautiful Villa Goga. Not far away, in the same area, you will find Roman tombs dating back to the 1st century AD. In the direction of Deruta, you will see Villa della Montagnola, while if you go towards Bettona, the hamlet of Ponte Rosciano – named after the bridge over the Chiascio built there in 1425 – is well worth a visit: from there go up to the ancient Castello di Rosciano, which is now private property and is used to host events.

Discover with us what you can do in Torgiano. 

Torgiano is a village that cherishes the land and its products: man labours to produce them and even transforms them into works of art. Exploring Umbria will accompany you to discover this land via nature trails by bike or on foot. There are numerous itineraries, in particular along the wine and oil routes, where you can combine a tasting of local products while exploring the natural, unspoilt landscapes.

Furthermore, Exploring Umbria advises you to venture as far as the town of Brufa, starting from Torgiano; along the road and through the streets of the village you will be able to admire various monumental and beautiful sculptures made by contemporary artists of international renown, all interacting perfectly with the surrounding environment.

And if you want to discover these natural and artistic wonders via a very special experience, you can even do it on horseback.

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