Medieval Jewel of Montone

A few years ago I had a guest who spent two weeks with me. She liked to go off the beaten path and discover things. One evening, after a full day of roaming around up near Umbertide, she came to dinner and exclaimed, “Why didn’t you tell me about Montone?”

I stuttered that I had never heard of Montone. She said I should know it as it was spectacular. She had a wonderful lunch and loved the town so much that she was willing to go back. So offering to join her in further exploration of the area, we set out the next day together.

Montone is a medieval in origins dating from the 10th century and just 35 kilometers northeast of Perugia. The walled town is as perfect a medieval village as one could hope for. The town also boasts a very lovely procession (August 16th) to celebrate their relic of a thorn from the holy crown of Jesus.  The event, which started in 1961, has now become more of a secular event or Sagra. But there are costumes, horses, and food to make it a great family event. 

The hilly and twisty streets wind down to a main piazza off of which one can find several excellent restaurants. The newly renovated bar is the perfect place for a cappuccino and there is even a Michelin 1-Star restaurant around the corner.

I’ve been back many times and enjoyed wonderful meals. I’ve even brought one of my photography tours by for a visit and they loved it too.

PARKING: Parking is outside the walls in Montone. I’ve always had luck along this section of Via Sant’Albertino.

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