Ficulle (TR) Umbria

The medieval town of Ficulle sits on a ridge surrounded by the green hills of Umbria.

The frantic pace of modern life slows down here and guests can enjoy clean air, agriculture, crafts, and genuine food, alongside the famous hospitality of the people of Ficulle.

Ficulle is a farming centre locally known for its functional ceramics, but it is also, and more importantly, one of the principal producers of DOC Orvieto wine.

People have undoubtedly lived in the area for at least 2500 years. On the far fringes of town, a group of caves on which the church of the Maestà now sits is considered as an Etruscan burial-place.

More recently, the village has gradually developed around its castle (the Rocca), variously dated from the 8th to the 11th century. In its current state, the Rocca consists of two towers and some walls. They date back to around 1100, but are in good shape.

The town of Ficulle is a medieval jewel. Its walls encircle a labyrinth of small streets and squares and the two towers of the Rocca are impressive strongholds, still protecting the old houses. The town is furthermore graced by the 12th century church of S. Maria Vecchia, with a beautiful Gothic door, some curious frescoes and a Mithraic inscription, and the medieval complex of Castelmaggiore.