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Narni and Spello as Day Trips

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Narni and Spello as Day Trips

How far or accessible is Narni from Assisi and Perugi. We are coming to Umbria and will take day trips from both of these cities! I read in a guide book that Narni is “the true heart of Italy, ” where the people are so nice. We are interested in walking around little towns, taking pictures, drinking in the culture and eating fun food. We are also thinking about Spello and Gubbio. I would love any thoughts!

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11. Re: Narni and Spello as Day Trips

I like Gubbio very much, and there is a bus to there from Perugia.

In the civic museum, there are some bronze tablets, called the Eugubine (or Iguvine) tablets, written in the ancient Umbrian language, some as early as the 3rd century BC. They were invaluable to the understanding of the language, as well as the social structure and religious ceremonies of the period.

There is a cable car or funicular railway that takes you up to the top of the mountain above Gubbio. There's supposed to be a spectacular view from there, but the one time we went up (in our car), there was a thick fog and we didn't see anything.

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12. Re: Narni and Spello as Day Trips

Here are some photos of Gubbio, including the funicular ride and views from the top. The funicular is just a little basket that you stand in. There are some other photos of around the area.

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I was lucky enough to schedule a visit to Spello during their infiorate.

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13. Re: Narni and Spello as Day Trips

We were also in Spello once for the infiorata, for the Feast of Corpus Christi. It's really fun to go the night before so you can watch the groups at work. Some are very organized, and come from long distances, with sorted baskets of petals in various colors, and with color-coded paint-by-number plans. Others are local groups, much more informal, and there were even some groups of local children. They can't begin before a certain time, and they have to finish before the procession the next morning. They can use only plant materials; I thought using roasted coffee beans for dark colors was pushing it, but apparently it's allowed.

Many towns, including mine, have an infiorata for this feast day, but ours is definitely much more amateur than Spello's. Lots of fun though! We have no contest; everybody pitches in where needed.

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16. Re: Narni and Spello as Day Trips

Assisi is the perfect base ! Concerts, etc often in our town during tour season

The Assisi area is the PERFETTO place for exploration of Umbrian and southern Tuscan hilltowns. From Assisi, you can explore the following HILLTOWN GEMS (listed below, followed by driving time from Assisi - locations preceded by * are accessible by train):

*Perugia - 20 mins

*Spello - 15 mins

*Spoleto - 40 min

*Lake Trasimeno (lovely lakeside towns to discover, eg, Panicale, Castiglione del Lago, etc) - 50 min - 1 hr

*Narni (what a gem - a personal favorite) - 1 hr - best by car so that you can return via Ferentillo, S. Pietro in Valle, Scheggino - spectacular drive

Orvieto - 1 -1/4 hrs (train takes over 2 hrs as not a direct route)

Deruta - 20 mins

Torgiano - 20 mins

Bettona (tiny gem) - 20 mins

Todi - 50 mins

Norcia (and all the Nera River Valley is STUPENDA)- 50 min

Bevagna- 30 min

Montefalco 40 min

Gubbio 50 mins

Città della Pieve - 1 hr

................all of the above in Umbria

...........and in so. Tuscany:

Cortona - 1 hr

Montepulciano - about 50 mins

Pienza - about 50 mins

Montalcino - 1 hr?

Siena - 1 - 1/4 hrs (and buses daily to and from Asissi)

S. Quirico D'Orcia - 1 hr.?

................AND

Rome and Florence each about 2 - 2 - 1/2 hrs by train and trains frequently . about every 2 hrs......

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