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Umbria is our region. Its name derives from the
ancient Umbri, the first inhabitants of the area.
Umbria is called the “green heart of Italy” because
it is situated in the centre of Italy and because it’s
a very green region thanks to its hills and fields.
As a consequence agriculture is one of the most
important activities in our region, but there are
also industries and handscraft activities.
In Umbria there are two main cities:
Perugia (50 kms from Città di Castello)
and Terni. Near Terni there are the
Marmore Falls for hidroelectric energy.
Dam of Montedoglio
After the 35 km travelled in Tuscany, the Tiber crosses for
about 66 km the Tifernate Valley. The so-called “veins of
the Tiber” are two streamlets that merge after a short
journey and constitute the source that springs from the
eastern watersheds of Monte Fumaiolo. The Tiber has a
water course with a pluvial regimen, it has a widespread
network of tributaries.
The Dam of Montedoglio rises in the Tuscan part of the
valley to the north of Anghiari.
This is a pharaonic barricade of earth that modifies the
hydrographic and climatic order of the valley.
The Upper Valley of the Tiber is situated in the heart of the
peninsula and has a temperate climate. Temperatures vary
remarkably and can be extremely hot or cold.
Rain is relatively abundant and renders the climate humid.
More conspicuous rainfalls take place when masses of hot air
of Atlantic origin and cold air of continental origin come into
contact with our latitude.
Città di Castello is a town on the river Tiber. It lies on a green valley and
it is surrounded by hills. Città di Castello has a Roman origin because it
was an important Roman “municipium”. During the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance a lot of beautiful monuments were built……..
(there are only two in Italy).
What you can see in the
virtual world of
In Città di Castello there are
two main squares. In the city
centre you can find a lot of
cafès and bars that especially in
summer are open till late
because people like stayng out
to have a chat with friends, to
drink somethig sitting at the
cafè tables, to listen and watch
the shows organized in the
squares:music, concerts,
It is above all the small and very small
valley’s economy. Many are artisan in
origin and sink their roots in centuries
of local history. Today there are about
170 typographies present in the valley,
the oldest is the Grifani-Donati, today
a museum. One of the oldest artisan
activities is the production of ceramics,
of wrought iron, leather items and
antique furniture. The sector of
antique furniture has been experiencing
a real boom, every year there is an
annual furniture exhibition.
laboratory, created in 1908
by the Barons Alice and
Leopoldo Franchetti, keeps
alive the tradition of quality
products of very great value:
fabrics of pure linen and
table cloths.
Famous Umbrians
Umbria is a
region of Saints
and high
Umbrian Saints
are worthy
Blessed Margherita from Città di Castello (1287-1320)
She was blind and deformed and lived in prayer and
privation which refined her spirituality. She belonged
to the Dominian Third Order and helped the sick and
St. Francis from Assisi (1182-1226): Born in Assisi, son of a
wealthy merchant. After a terrible illness, he converted to a
mystic life and donated all his belongings to the poor.
In absolute poverty he preached peace and love. He was a
mystic, missionary and founded
The Franciscan Order. He received the stigmata on La Verna.
Ill and almost blind he returned to Asssisi where he composed
the Canticle of Brother Sun . Pope Pius XII proclaimed him
patron saint of Italy.
Other famous Umbrian Saints are: St. Benedict from Norcia,
St. Clare of Assisi, St. Chiara from Montefalco, St. Rita from
Cascia, St. Ercolano from Perugia, St. Constance from Perugia,
St. Fortunato from Todi, St. Ubaldo from Gubbio, St.
Valentine from Terni (the world protector of those in love).
Other Famous Umbrians
Braccio Fortebraccio from Montone was a famous
“condottiero” (1368-1424) who served under the Montefeltro
family. In 1424 he was Lord of Perugia.
Iacopone da Todi (1236-1306) he entered the Order Minor.
He composed famous Lauds which are the highest expressions
in Italian literature before Dante.
Pietro Vannucci called Perugino (1446-1523) He was a painter
and worked in Umbria, Tuscany and in Rome. He was Raphael’s
maestro and some of his masterpieces can be seen at the
Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria in Perugia. He is amongst the
greatest Italian painters of all times.
Bernardino di Betto called Pinturicchio (1454-1513) he was a
great painter and worked in Umbria and in Rome (Sistine
“Madonna col bambino”
Bernardino di Betto called
Alberto Burri (1915-1995) Born in Città di Castello he became
a famous painter in the Fifties provoking scandal with his I
Sacchi, Le Combustioni, I Ferri and I Cretti. His works were
donated to the town in 1981 and can be admired at Palazzo
Albizzini and at the former Tabacco drying-rooms.
Luisa Spagnoli (1877-1835) born in Perugia, she founded the
first Italian clothes made of angora wool. Since 1930 it has
been the most important industry in this sector in the world.
Tourists come to Città di Castello all year
around to see the famous paintings of Luca
Signorelli and Piero della Francesca in the
Art Gallery and the works of Alberto Burri,
a contemporary artist born in our town and
famous all over the world.
In Città di Castello there are a lot of
cultural and traditional events and
shows: the Festival of the Nations, wich
is a classical music event devoted to a
different foreign country every year
Horse Exhibition in
September and
finally the wood
products exhibition
where you can eat
and smell the
famous truffles and
porcini mushrooms.
Our school takes its name from
Ippolito Salviani who was a
famous medical doctor born in
Città di Castello in 1514 and
worked as the Pope’s doctor and
published “Acquatilium
animalium historia”.
It’s a technical high school where you can
attend two different courses: for land
surveyors or for accountants and computer
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