Trevi is one of the most renowned cities of Umbria. It was built in the Roman era near the Via Flaminia and the banks of the Clitunno, just near Assisi the city of San Francesco, Montefalco and the area that has become the home of Sagrantino.
This ancient town is known as the "City of Oil" and it's included in the list of the "Most Beautiful Villages" in Italy. Discover then what to see during a day spent in Trevi with our mini guide!
Trevi: What to see in one day
Dipped among the olive trees, the city of Trevi preserves Roman testimonies, such as the mighty walls (I century BC) that surround the inhabited center, and medieval like Porta del Bruscito, Porta del Cieco, Porta San Fabiano and the arch of Mostaccio that give the place a particularly charming atmosphere.
You will meet the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime, along the path that goes up towards the historical center of the village. According to tradition, the Sanctuary owes its name to the tearing of a painting depicting the Madonna, an episode which was followed by various miracles. The structure has an irregular Latin cross with a single upwardly sloping aisle with wide cross vaults and is a significant example of the Renaissance in Umbria. Among the various frescoed chapels, you will see the "Adoration of the Magi" by Perugino (1522), second altar on the right, and the "Deposition" by Giovanni di Pietro known as Spain (1520) deserve particular attention.
The construction of the church marks for Trevi a period of great urban transformations that, starting from the second half of the fifteenth century, saw the realization of a substantial civil construction with noble palaces that change the medieval face of the city.
The historic heart of the city center is Piazza Mazzini, closed at the corner by the Municipal Palace of the XIII century and the civic tower. From the 19th century, in this area there is also the Teatro Clitunno, by the architect Domenico Mollaioli with a beautiful curtain painted by Domenico Bruschi. After the restoration of 1993, it has been inserted in the regional circuits of theatres and it hosts numerous shows throughout the year.
Not far from the church of San Giovanni Decollato, in Neoclassical style, and Casa Petrucci, an elegant Renaissance building whose façade preserves graffiti scenes of a profane character depicting the "Myth of Diana and Aneone".
The Church of San Francesco, of the fourteenth century, in Gothic style, was erected to honor the saint who had preached at Trevi in 1213. The facade has a lunette above the portal with a fourteenth century fresco while the interior holds the tomb of XIV century by Giacomo Valenti. Inside you can admire the remains of frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries, a monumental organ from 1509 and a Crucifix from the 14th century, work of the Master of the Crucifix of Trevi.
The former convent attached to the church houses the museum complex where the works of art of San Francesco are collected, with paintings from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. (to be reported a triptych and polyptych of Foligno school, an altarpiece of Spain) and the Regional Museum of Oil.
The Church of Sant'Emiliano is named after the first bishop of Trevi, patron saint of the city. Built in Romanesque style but revisited several times in the following centuries, it has a beautiful fifteenth-century portal crowned by a tympanum with a fine high relief depicting "Saint Emiliano among the Lions".
Other noteworthy works are the Chapel of San Girolamo, splendidly frescoed by Spain and by Tiberius of Assisi, and adjacent, the church of San Martino with the adjoining convent which bears in the portal a fresco painting by Tiberio di Assisi and internal works by Pierantonio Mezzastris and Spacca; the church of the Crucifix which houses other frescoes by Spacca; the convent of Santa Chiara and adjacent to the church of Santa Croce (of contemporary art) which houses a painting by Lazzaro Baldi.
In addition to the sacred buildings, we suggest a visit to the most important buildings of the city:
- Palazzo Lucarini, one of the most prestigious palace, in which you will find the Trevi Flash Art Museum; it hosts periodic exhibitions of contemporary art enriched also by international works;
- Palazzo Natalucci, with its characteristic Arabic doors;
- Palazzo Valenti which preserves one of the oldest archaeological collections in Umbria.
What to do in Trevi
What to do in Trevi, after visiting the historic center? The green hill that houses this pretty village offers many possibilities for outdoor activities: guided tours and walks through the fields to discover wild herbs and their use in rural civilization, biking, orienteering, bird watching, horse riding ... or organize a picnic!
Being one of the most important areas of Umbria for the very high quality of the oil, the visit to the oil mills is strongly recommended! You will thus have the opportunity to witness all the processing processes, from the entry of the olives to the bottling.
An unmissable destination for an out-of-town tour is the Sources of Clitunno, near the village of Campello sul Clitunno: fed by underground springs that come out of rock cracks, they are a true naturalistic jewel of the area. The crystal clear water that comes to form and its banks surrounded by dense vegetation of weeping willows and poplars give the environment a charming and romantic atmosphere.
What to eat in Trevi
The Umbrian gastronomic tradition has very ancient roots and is linked to the products of the earth. But what to eat in Trevi? Typical local products extra virgin olive oil and black celery used to prepare sauces, pies and meat fillings. The simplest recipe, which combines two typical products of Trevi, is that of the celery in pinzimonio or "cazzimperio".
Among the exquisite local products are the pork sausages, pecorino cheese and honey. Not particularly valued is the Trebbiano wine, which in its name bears the indication of its origin (Trevi, in Latin = Trebia, from which the adjective Trebianus), since remote times spread everywhere with different names.
And for those who love rustic cuisine, we recommend you try soups and salads made with spelled and barley or local vegetables.