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Top Choice Basilica in Assisi

Basilica di San Francesco

Visible for miles around, the Basilica di San Francesco is the crowning glory of Assisi's Unesco World Heritage ensemble. It's divided into an upper church, the Basilica Superiore, with a celebrated cycle of Giotto …
Top Choice Cathedral in Orvieto

Duomo di Orvieto

Nothing can prepare you for the visual feast that is Orvieto's soul-stirring Gothic cathedral. Dating to 1290, it sports a black-and-white banded exterior fronted by what is perhaps the most astonishing facade to gr…
Top Choice Piazza in Ascoli Piceno

Piazza del Popolo

The harmonious and simply lovely Piazza del Popolo has been Ascoli's salotto (sitting room) since Roman times. The rectangular square is flanked on the west by the 13th-century Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Built…
Top Choice Cultural in Gubbio

Corsa dei Ceri

The 'Ceri Race' 'is a centuries-old event held each year to celebrate Gubbio's patron saint, Sant'Ubaldo. It starts at 5.30am and involves three teams, each carrying a cero (massive wooden pillars weighing about 300…
Top Choice Piazza in Perugia

Piazza IV Novembre

In Perugia all roads seem to lead to Piazza IV Novembre, once the meeting point for the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilisations. In the medieval period, it was the political centre of Perugia. Now people from all w…
Top Choice Historic Site in Narni

Narni Sotterranea

Discovered in 1977 by a gaggle of speleologists messing about with climbing ropes, this underground world unravels like a Dan Brown novel. Buried under WWII bombing rubble for decades, a secret doorway was discovere…
Top Choice Museum in Ancona

Pinacoteca Comunale di Ancona

Reopened after an extensive 4½-year renovation, Ancona's fascinating civic art gallery houses Marche's most important art collection. Among 7th-to-9th century city fortification walls and spread over two former pala…
Top Choice Cable Car in Gubbio

Funivia Colle Eletto

Although the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, perched high up on Monte Ingino, is a perfectly lovely church, the real adventure is reaching it on the funivia, as exhilarating as any roller coaster. The word funivia suggests…
Top Choice Italian in Norcia & the Valnerina

Vespasia

Set in a 16th-century palazzo among contemporary lighting and modern art, everything was bright when Vespasia's understated gourmet cuisine earned its first Michelin star just before the 2016 earthquake. We all know…
Top Choice Umbrian in Spoleto

Il Lampone

Behind a 350-year-old facade in a nondescript parking lot on the town outskirts is where you'll find Spoleto's best meal, a rustic-chic, whimsical and contemporary culinary retreat overseen by husband-wife culinary …