In the province of Perugia, is the ancient Roman town of Foligno. As a bishopric, it is filled with plenty of churches and other religious institutions that have hugely influenced its history and culture, expressed heavily in the form of visual art. Here are only some of the many attractions Foligno can offer:
1. Palazzo Trinci
Formerly the residence of the Trinci family, rulers of the city from 1305 to 1439, Palazzo Trinci is now the place in which the Archaeological Museum and the Pinacoteca della Città may be found. The palace has undergone several bombings and earthquakes, yet still stands as glorious as it was centuries ago. Ticket cost is 6 EUR or 7.08 USD for adults and 3 EUR or 3.54 USD for those below 18 years old.
Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 06034 Foligno PG, Italy
Operating Hours: Everyday 10am - 1pm, 3pm - 7pm
Website: Palazzo Trinci (in Italian)
2. Palazzo Lezi - Marchetti
Another palace a 5 minute walk away from Palazzo Trinci is Palazzo Lezi - Marchetti. Its interior was beautifully painted by baroque and neoclassic style painter Marcello Leopardi. It used to serve as the papal governor’s humble abode.
Palazzo Lezi - Marchetti
Address: Via Benedetto Cairoli, 38, 06034 Foligno PG, Italy
Website: Palazzo Lezi
3. Cattedrale di San Feliciano (Foligno Cathedral)
Perhaps the most significant piece of architecture in Foligno is its very own cathedral in the heart of the city. The rest of the building has been renovated except the crypt. It also contains Antonio da Sangallo the Yonger’s 16th-century work, Chapel of the Sacrament.
Cattedrale di San Feliciano
Address: Largo Giosuè Carducci, 06034 Foligno PG, Italy
Website: Foligno Cathedral
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4. Abbazia di Sassovivo (Abbey of Sassovivo)
The Abbey of Sassovivo is the oldest Benedictine monastery in the area which was founded in approximately 1070. Prior to being an abbey, it was a castle inhabited by the Monaldi family. Its architecture includes the typical Romanesque cloister, frescoes and a crypt.
Abbazia di Sassovivo
Address: Via Sassovivo, 2, 06034 Foligno PG, Italy
Website: Abbazia di Sassovivo (in Italian)
5. Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea (CIAC Museum)
The Center for Contemporary Art opened in 2009 on the site of what previously was the Central Post Office. Two out of the three floors of the establishment are venues for various exhibits while the third floor is dedicated for more site-specific installations. Conferences and other events are also regularly held at the ground floor.
Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea (CIAC Museum)
Address: Via del Campanile 13, Foligno, Italy
Operating Hours: Friday 4pm - 7pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 12:30pm, 4pm - 7pm
6. Museo Naturalistico del Parco di Colfiorito (Natural History Museum of the Regional Park of Colfiorito)
Colfriorito Park holds an abundance of flora and fauna, ranging from lake and marsh vegetation, agricultural crops, to reptiles, birds and mammals. The park is protected by Ramsar’s International Convention, an organization geared towards the conservation of wetlands. Entrance is free.
Museo Naturalistico del Parco di Colfiorito
Address: Via Adriatica (Nell'area Delle Ex Casermette), 06034, Foligno, Italy
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
7. Castello di Rasiglia (Castle of Rasiglia)
Located in the mountain village of Rasiglia in Foligno is the Castle of Rasiglia, which was used for military purposes by the nobles in the 14th and 15th centuries. Currently, only a certain section of its towers are standing today.
Castello di Rasiglia
Address: 06034 Rasiglia, Foligno, Italy
Website: Castello di Rasiglia (in Italian)
8. Eremo Santa Maria Giacobbe (Sanctuary of St. Mary Jacob)
A place of solace for hermits, The Sanctuary of St. Mary Jacob is nestled in one of the slopes of the glorious Mount Pale. Its stony façade blends perfectly with that of the mountain’s. it is reachable through an uphill road starting from the village of Pale, where guests would pass through the 14 Stations of the Cross. Rest assured that the hike will be worth the stunning panoramic view of Foligno and other neighboring towns. You may check out the website for more details regarding guided tours.
Eremo Santa Maria Giacobbe
Address: 06034 Pale, Foligno Province of Perugia, Italy
9. Chiesa di Santa Maria Infraportas (Church of St. Mary Infraportas)
In 1087, the Church of St. Mary Infraportas was once a hospital. It overlooks the Piazza San Domenico and is designed with frescoes by artists such as Pierantonio and Bernardino Mezzastris. Aside from the church proper, there is also a chapel on the side named after the Assunta that was built far earlier than the rest of the building.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Infraportas
Address: Piazza San Domenico, 06034, Foligno, Italy
Website: Chiesa di Santa Maria Infraportas
10. Santuario della Madonna del Pianto (Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Fallen)
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For pilgrims and devotees of Mary, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Fallen is a church you should definitely not miss. It is found in an alley along Piazza Giacomini Ercole, which is reportedly difficult to find unless you pay really close attention or ask around. It may not seem like it on the outside, but guests usually leave in awe of its majestic interior and altar. Other nearby religious institutions that you could also pay a visit to like Monastero Clarisse Santa Caterina, Casa ‘Beata Angelina’ and Parrochia di S. Pietro Apostolo In S. Eraclio di Foligno are only within walking distance.
Santuario della Madonna del Pianto
Address: Piazza Giacomini Ercole, 06034, Foligno, Italy
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