Montecastello di Vibio

A tiny castle overlooking the Middle Tiber Valley in the county of Todi and far from any main road, Montecastello di Vibio has turned its isolated position and the nature that surrounds it into an international tourist attraction, so much so, in fact, that it has been the object of anthropological studies by university professors from the United States as part of their research on the “best places to live.” The centre of this small town boasts the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture attended by students from all over the world and it is the seat of the International Fund for the Protection of Animals, which was founded in 1967 and counts over a million members in more than 70 countries worldwide. The main attraction of Montecastello is, however, its Teatro della Concordia, which was built in 1808 by nine local families and later frescoed by the painter Luigi Agretti when he was only 14 years old. The theatre, which closed in 1951, later underwent major restoration and renovation and finally reopened in 1993. With only 99 seats for the audience, it is hailed as the world’s smallest public theatre. The town is also the home of an equestrian centre that organises excursions in and around the nearby hills and mountains and along the Tiber River, which here is the Regional Fluvial Park boasting canoeing and rowing centres, as well as hiking trails. And, finally, there is the unforgettable beauty of the surrounding countryside as it climbs towards Mount Peglia Park offering magnificent landscapes, the Doglio castle and several high-end agriturismos that welcome visitors from all over.

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