The Foligno region is special in Umbria as it is one of very few areas of flat land in Umbria. Surrounding Foligno, the third largest city in Umbria, the Foligno region is spread along the banks of the River Topino at the bottom of the Apennine foothills. Offering many faces, from the graceful, ancient city centre of Foligno city which is surrounded by a partial circuit of defensive walls to the lovely, peaceful countryside along the river, a Foligno holiday rental allows you to design your holiday around your own interests. Famous for its chocolate production, a Foligno apartment is perfect for those with a sweet tooth too!
Although the city was heavily bombed during WWII, thankfully, much of the city centre was spared. There are a whole host of fine attractions to visit in Foligno, from the Trinici Palace, the Municipal Picture Gallery and the Archaeological Museum. The impressive Piazza della Republica and the adjoining Piazza Duomo are the most attractive sights still visible in Foligno. Build in the 12th and 13th Centuries, the squares are surrounded by fresco adorned buildings like the Foligno Cathedral and beautiful Pretorio Palace. The Romanic Church of St Mary is also well worth visiting from any Foligno accommodation, and 6 kilometres from the city centre, the Abbey of Sassovivo is a wonderful medieval sceptical.
There are a surprising number of events staged in Foligno throughout the year. The largest and most exciting festivals and events are probably the Festival of St Feliciano (Foligno’s patron saint) in January, the Quintain Joust and the Segni Barocchi (a theatre and music festival), both of which are held in September, making it an exceptional month in which to take self catering Foligno accommodation for your holiday.
The Valle Umbra Sud on which Foligno stands is an area of swampy plains, rolling hills and sporadic spurs of the Apennine Mountains, making a varied and interesting terrain for walking and bird watching.
The city of Foligno itself has two facades; the lively commercial centre and the delightful, treasure filled city centre, which is still partially protected by a ring of ancient defensive walls.
Trevi, a wonderful medieval town, rises up an Apennine spur, giving a Foligno villa here great views along the Valle Umbra Sud. Even if you cannot stay in the town, the Church of St Emiliano is well worth a visit from anywhere in the Foligno area.
Montefalco holds some wonderful buildings of note, especially the dominant Town Hall and the Church of St Augustine. Art lovers must make the trip to the Church of St Francis which holds some magnificent artistic treasures by the likes of Peruginoand Benozzo Gozzoli.
Umbria has a wonderfully warm climate all year round, which makes walking holidays and art tours perfectly relaxing. Summer temperatures average over 23°C from April until October, and winters are also remarkably mild.
Although Foligno Airport is located just outside the city of Foligno, it does not receive any direct flights from the UK. However, there is no need to worry, as the Regional Umbrian Airport, Sant’Egidio Airport (PEG), is just 30km from the town centre, and receives cheap flights from the UK provided by Ryanair.