Montone – Umbria’s finest hill town

Spectacular Montone is, in my opinion, one of Umbria’s finest hill top towns. Set in romantic rolling hills the scenery comes alive in the evenings, when shadows are long and darkness is falling. Set away from the main roads, Montone escapes many of the opportunistic day trippers and remains a hidden gem for those of us who have been fortunate enough to discover it. I am sure I will be writing many more posts about Montone, but for now here’s a twilight photograph I took back in 2009.

Montone in Umbria sunset

As evening falls

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Experience Fermo Night Market

Every Thursday during July and August the beautiful city of Fermo in Le Marche plays host to a huge night market. The marked is packed with all sorts of stalls selling antiques, crafts, art and locally produced food, including delicacies like fresh truffles. People travel from all around to visit and it really starts to come alive after 10pm. The main hub of the night market is in the square, Piazza di Popolo, and spills out onto the streets leading off it.

Fermo night market

There are plenty of eateries around the piazza to sit and people watch (my favourite pastime), grab a drink or some dinner. We stopped at a tiny bar (no seats inside) which served pizza. I thought I’d ordered a slice….clearly not…..but it was exceptionally good!

Pizza

There are very few details of this market online, in fact we almost didn’t go because I was unsure if it was actually being held. Much to my relief the market was on and parking was easy. As you drive up towards the city there are large car park signs leading to car parks below the city walls and there is a lift which takes you up to just off the main square.

The hustle and bustle of the market is a tremendous experience not to be missed!

Day Trip – Civita di Bagnoregio

Photos do not do justice to this place. Perched on top of an island of volcanic rock this ancient town is steeped in history. Once connected to the neighbouring village of Bagnoregio, the land has long since crumbled away and this unique site, founded by Etruscans over 2,500 years ago, can now only be accessed by footbridge.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

The town has become known as “il paese che muore” or “the dying town” due to its dwindling population and the ever present threat of further erosion. It does however remain a popular tourist attraction and the residents pride themselves in keeping the town spotlessly clean and tidy and readily welcome visitors.

Eat – Hostaria la Cantina – Set in the heart of the old Etruscan town to the right of the church. This little restaurant serves traditional home cooked food at a reasonable price.

For a meal with a view try Hostaria del Ponte. Courteous service and excellent food that will only outdone by the view, particularly at sunset.

Stay – Alma Civita is a recently restored restaurant with rooms and in the centre of the ancient town, it does super food too, but for a true taste of local living stay at Civita B&B. A tiny 3 bedroom bed and breakfast, with all bedrooms facing onto the picturesque main square and double rooms from just €70.

Church of St. Donato.

Church of St. Donato.