Umbertide, Province of Perugia, Umbria
Umbertide is situated in northwestern Umbria, at the confluence of the Reggia river and the Tiber, 30 km (19 mi) North of Perugia and 20 km (12 mi) S of Città di Castello. It is one of the larger towns of Umbria, an important industrial center producing machine tools, farm machinery, textiles, packaging material, and ceramics.
- Altitude: 247 m a.s.l
- Population: about 16,000 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 06019
- Dialing Area Code: +39 075
- Patron Saint: Madonna della Reggia, celebrated on 8 September
- Demonym: umbertidesi
- Frazioni & Localities: Badia di Montecorona, Bastia Creti, Borgo Baraglia, Calzolaro, Campaola, Castelvecchio, Cioccolanti, Comunaglia, Galera, La Dogana, Leoncini, La Mita, Molino Vitelli, Monte Acuto, Montecastelli, Monestevole, Niccone, Nestore, Pian D'Assino, Polgeto, Pierantonio, Preggio, Racchiusole, Romeggio, Ranchi, San Silvestro delle Arcelle, Spedalicchio, Verna.
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The surrounding area was inhabited in pre-Roman and Roman times: the 19th-century archaeologist Mariano Guardabassi believed that a small building at Lame, about 1 km from the center of the modern town, was Etruscan. There was a Roman town, Pitulum, destroyed by Totila in the mid-6th century, of which some remains can be seen at Santa Maria delle Sette.
Umbertide was founded between the 8th and 10th century its original name was Fratta, and it received its present name in 1863 in honor of then Crown Prince Umberto, who later became King Umberto I of Italy.
What to see
- The church of Santa Maria della Reggia, an octagonal 16th century brick building topped by an elegant cupola, housing a few paintings by Pomarancio.
- The main church in town, Santa Maria della Pietà, with the attractive funerary chapel of the counts of Sorbello, built in the late medieval and Renaissance style.
- The 17th-century church of Santa Croce houses a museum with a good collection of paintings, including a Deposition by Luca Signorelli.
- The largest church, San Francesco, in Gothic style.
- About 5 km north east of the town, the castle of Civitella Ranieri, one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Umbria.
- 4 km to the south, the abbey of San Salvatore di Montecorona which has a beautiful 11th-century crypt with early Romanesque capitals and naïve 18th-century painted ceilings.
- The medieval castle of Polgeto
- The abbey church of San Bartolomeo de' Fossi strikingly sited on a sharp ridge with distant views on either side
- The walled medieval village of Borgo Santa Giuliana.