Corciano

Just ten kilometres from Perugia, Corciano sits on a hilltop covered in ancient olive groves. The town retains its medieval structure, but is surrounded by the very visible urban and industrial development which has spread on the plains below it in the area nearest to the provincial capital, Perugia. The little town of Corciano belongs to the prestigious Borghi più Belli d’Italia (Loveliest villages of Italy) association. One can enter the town through the southern Porta S. Maria, one of two ancient but still intact gates in the massive XV century walls. The old stone houses are beautifully preserved and rise up as a crown within the walls. At an elevated spot in the centre is Piazza Coragino, which boasts the medieval parish church of S. Maria. Renovated in the 1800s, it houses the city’s original standard, designed in 1472 by Benedetto Bonfigli, as well as an Our Lady of the Assumption painted by Il Perugino in 1513. The XVI-century City Hall, the residence of the della Corgna family, the church of S. Francesco, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the old Farmer’s House Museum are not to be missed. The municipality of Corciano includes Mount Malbe (652msl), upon which there are several medieval castles and watch towers erected there in the Middle Ages to protect the county of Perugia. Well worth a visit are the XIV century Pieve del Vescovo castle - which was restored by Alessi in 1560 and served as the summer residence for the bishops of Perugia, as well as having hosted Gioacchino Pecci, before he became Pope Leo XIII - and the charming villages of Solomeo, which has recently had an extensive renovation, Migiana, Castelvieto, San Mariano, Mantignana and Chiugiana.

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