A day trip to Gubbio was a highlight of Umbria for me. It’s a charming town about an hour’s bus ride north of Perugia through the scenic hilly Umbrian countryside. There’s not a lot of sights to see, but certainly enough to keep you entertained for a day.
Funivia Colle Eletto
This chairlift-type contraption will take you up the mountain. I haven’t seen anything quite like it before, but it’s like a metal basket that you stand upright in. You need a little run and a jump to board the basket so it will certainly give you a kick of adrenaline (Don’t worry, the helpful attendant will catch you if necessary).
After the adventure boarding the funivia, prepare yourself for some truly breathtaking views of Gubbio and the surrounding countryside. You can see for miles and miles, off into the mountains on the horizon. This was easily the most impressive view I saw in Umbria.
Atop the mountain, you’ll find the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo. It’s just another church, but the saint’s rotting body is on display, which is definitely gross and creepy but also kind of cool in a morbid way (c’mon, admit it, we all love glimpse of human mortality).
In the town below, the centre of tourist activity is the Piazza Grande, which is crowned by the impressive Palazzo dei Console (now a museum).
From the Piazza, walk up the hill to the cathedral, another beautiful old church with nice frescoes. I was the only person visiting the church at the particular time, and I can tell you it has great acoustics if you feel like singing a song (like I did – sometimes you just gotta let out your inner Beyonce).
Opposite the Cathedral is the Palazzo Ducale – a 15th century palace from a wealthy family. You can buy a ticket to have a look through, or just have a look around the outside.
Fontana dei Pazzi
Located just outside the Palazzo del Bargello, you’ll find the unimpressive ‘fountain of the lunatics.’ However, there’s a legend that makes this small fountain special. The story goes that you will go mad if you run around it three times. So I ran around it three times.
Am I a lunatic yet? The jury is still out on that one…
Wandering the streets
The charming medieval streets of Gubbio were possibly the prettiest I saw in Umbria and they’re oh so much fun to wander around, get lost, and take some cute pictures.
Have you been to Gubbio? Did you enjoy this charming little town?
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