Come and discover Umbria with our tips for Greppolischieto in this beautiful region in Italy. You could already read our tips for this Perugia and Orvieto read. These are well-known places in Umbria where many tourists go and where you can find a lot of information about in travel guides and on the internet.
However, we would like to introduce you to Umbria gems that are completely unknown to the average tourist. Places not mentioned in the travel guides. Unique gems that are also very close to Polmone Turismo Verde.
Today we go to Greppolischieto. And in the coming period we will be visiting more of these small towns. After all, it is code orange and we are not allowed to go further than 30 km from our house. But you will be amazed how many small towns can be found within those 30 km from Polmone.
Greppolischieto, a gem close to Polmone
A magical place on top of a hill (657 m) with a special view of Lake Trasimeno, Perugia, Monte Subasio, Monte Peglia, the valley where the river Fersinone flows and the town of Montegiove.
In the hamlet itself you will find a small square with an antique well, a church and some picturesque alleys full of flowers.
The drive to Greppolischieto
For us it has been years since we were in Greppolischieto. But because we want you to discover the Umbria region based on our personal tips, we drove there again on a sunny afternoon in January.
The drive there is worth it. After Montegiove, follow the signs to Greppolischieto on a dirt road through forests of oak, holm oak and chestnuts.
We realized that we really need to go there more often. It is such a picturesque place and you can see so far! We saw the snow on the Monte Subasio on one side of Greppolischieto. In the foreground, an overwhelming view of the vast Fersinone Valley. And on the side where you walk along the castle wall we saw a glimpse of Lake Trasimeno.
We did not bring binoculars, but otherwise we could have seen Polmone Turismo Verde. We are located in the Fersinone Valley and can see Greppolischieto from Polmone.
A silent world
At the moment, it is winter, the whole hamlet is completely deserted except for one family. And in the alleys and on the square the dark winter colors predominate. But if you visit Greppolischieto in other seasons, the streets are brightened by all kinds of flowering plants and green shrubs. When we walked there, the feeling of walking in a silent world prevailed. A timeless walk through picturesque streets, the tiny square with the antique well, the various courtyards where the summer garden furniture is carelessly rusted and sometimes invites you to sit down and look around you.
The origins of Greppolischieto are unknown, but the first settlement can be traced back to people who survived the destruction of the nearby town of Fallera and moved to this site. The settlement certainly dates from prehistoric times, but can also be protohistoric. The surrounding wall is well preserved, but dates from much later. In the 1970s the hamlet was bought by Anna Fendi, a well-known Roman fashion designer. At that time, no one lived there anymore and she had the entire complex renovated by the architect Nicola De Menna.
The history of Greppolischieto
Between the 11th and 12th centuries, Orvieto and Marsciano fought for control of Greppolischieto. Ultimately, it is incorporated into Perugia.
In 1282 it is registered as a city. When the construction of walls started around 1328, Greppolischieto became a castle.
As happened with many other city-states on top of a mountain, Greppolischieto was also committed to a war. It was briefly occupied by insurgents, but soon came back under Perugia's authority.
Over the years, the population decreased slowly but steadily. This was partly due to the famine of 1440, and partly due to the very remote location and therefore limited possibilities of livelihood. In 1656 only 87 people lived there and in 1960 no one anymore.
In 1817 Greppolischieto became part of the municipality of Piegaro.
In addition to the 2 people who currently live permanently in Greppolischieto, most houses are inhabited in the summer.
The church of Greppolischieto
Outside the castle is a most adorable church, the San Lorenzo. The doors were open and we could walk right in. The church dates from the 14th century and makes a fairly neglected impression, but at the same time it is still quite intact.
It has a rectangular shape and a single nave with a small side chapel where the baptismal font is located. The roof is vaulted, supported by four large transverse arches. On the sides of the altar, dedicated to San Lorenzo, there are two niches with the statues of Joseph and Mary. In the center of the apse wall, carved into the thickness of the wall, is a small grotto following that of Lourdes.
On the right wall there is still poorly preserved fresco depicting the Virgin and Child between San Sebastiano and San Antonio.
Leaning partially against the wall is an elegant square bell tower with two bells.
Our other tips for discovering Umbria
Discovering Umbria - our tips for Perugia
Discovering Umbria - our tips for Orvieto
Discovering Umbria - our tip for tasting wine
Discovering Umbria - our tips for visiting an ideal city
Discover Umbria - our tips for events to visit
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Finally a present
We drove to Greppolischieto by car. But it is perhaps even more beautiful to walk or cycle there with a mountain bike. Below are some links to download hikes and mountain bike trails:
- When you get on click this link you come to the site of the municipality of Montegabbione. You will find several walks that you can download as a gpx file on your smartphone. The 4th walk on this page comes through Greppolischieto.
- This is a link to a mountain bike route it starts past Pornello and makes a tour along Greppolischieto. You can also download this route as a gpx file on your smartphone.
- Another mountain bike trail, which not only passes Greppolischieto, but also goes to Monte Arale. Download it here.
- Finally, a walking route from Monte Arale to Greppolischieto over approximately 11.43 kilometers. Download here the route on your smartphone.