Cittą di Castello
is without doubt the most reppresentative center of the Alta
Valle del Tevere, in fact, beyond having very ancient
origins, in the Renaissance it was a very powerful comunity and a
very important cultural center and this has enriched notably the
center of works of art of major artists of the epoch that lived
and worked there.
works of the major Italian painters, among whitch Raffaello
and Signorelli, are conserved
the comunity art gallery located in the Palazzo
Vitelli alla Cannoniera, while the museum of the
capital hosts an important gathering of sacred objects. The center
of popular traditions hosts important testimonies to the farming
and craftsmen of world but there are very many other monuments the
deserve to be visited, among whitch the cylindrical steeple, the Torre
Civica, the Churces of S.
Domenico, S. Francesco,
S. Maria Maggiore and of the Madonna
Cittą di Castello
is important for the craftsmenship, in fact the master craftsment of the
alta Valle del Tevere are famous for there stylish furniture, for the
characteristic ceramics, for the lines of pure liner woven with hand looms
and, naturally, for the gourmet
specialties characteric of the region, like truffles,
the wines and cold cuts.
actrative of Umbria are the Umbria
Jazz and UmbriaFumetto.
This two festivals whose fame extends well beyond Italy. The
former has become a must for true jazz fiends from all over the
world. The latter, which started in 1992, was the brainchild of a
local group of fans of comic book art.
Jazz began in 1973, and town squares throughout the
region were suddenly transformed into jazz
venues. The event brought a
breath of fresh air to the region and helped Umbria renew its
image. Before long, Umbria had earned a reputation in Europe and
the USA as one of the world's music
capitals. It hosted living legends like Miles Davis as
well as emerging groups that blended tradition with technology.Over
the years, the event has changed format many times. Originally,
Umbria Jazz took place in the summer
only, but in 1993 the town of Orvieto began hosting Umbria Jazz
Winter. In 2000, Umbria Jazz will take
place on 14-23 July, and Umbria
Jazz Winter in the period running from late December 2000 to early
is a more recent invention. Its organizers set to work in 1992,
and the first UmbriaFumetto festival took place the following year.
Only a few hundred people (mostly children) attended it in the
opening year, whereas the last festival drew a crowd of 5,000. The
display of comic strips and drawings,
some of them vintage works, takes place in the Rocca Paolina (the
fortress in the center of Perugia). Admission is free.