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As a backdrop for the village there are the Martani mountains, which represent one of the main attractions. It is assumed that the current Massa Martana was the ancient Roman settlement Vicus at Martis (or Vicus Martanus or Marta) on the via Flaminia. Ancient medieval hamlet of enchanting charm, it rises in an environmental context of great significance and strong visual impact. Protected from the surrounding mountains that seem to draw a natural amphitheatre, the castle is closed by the powerful walls buit at the end of the XIII century.
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About the village

Massa Martana is an ancient medieval village, which returned to its ancient splendour thanks to the restoration work carried out after the earthquake in 1997. The territory, crossed by the ancient Via Flaminia, is rich in Roman finds and churches. 

The walls, a reassurance of security but also a display of prestige, are enriched by the characteristic bastions and doors which provided access to the village. The main entrance, with a monumental appearance, shows a series of coats of arms and engraved stones set on the right side. Among these, there is the Roman inscription which recalls the restoration of the Via Flaminia, made by Emperor Hadrian while, as for the coats of arms, very interesting are the one of the noble Fonzi family and the one of Massa Martana which has a five-petal flower and a half moon on it. By crossing the door we enter in the main square of the hamlet, Piazza Umberto I, quite wide and regular, which symbolized the most representative point of the historical and cultural identity of Massa Martana.

There is also a church in Renaissance style, Madonna della Pace, distinguished by an octagonal plan. The church of San Felice is also remarkable, situated in the historic centre. It is well-known for the production of extra virgin olive oil 'DOP Colli Martani', but many other typical products are worth discovering, like: the Nociata (the only Umbrian nougat), DOC wines "Colli Martani", sausages, hams, porchetta, truffles, mushrooms, asparagus and soft waters (Sanfaustino).

Village of Massa Martana
Municipality of Massa Martana
Province of Perugia
Umbria region

Population: 3,770
Altitude Center: 351 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città dell'olio
Strada dei Vini del Cantico
Città della razza chianina

Municipality of Massa Martana
Via Mazzini 3 -  06056 Massa Martana
phone +39 075 895171

 

BY CAR

  • From the North: A1 Autostrada del Sole Florence-Rome exit Valdichiana; Perugia-Bettolle motorway junction (75 bis); Perugia-Terni highway (3 bis, some road signs indicate it as E45) towards Terni; exit Massa Martana
  • From the South: A1 Firenze-Roma A1 motorway, Orte exit; Orte-Terni motorway link (204); Terni-Perugia highway (3 bis) towards Perugina; exit Massa Martana

BY PLANE

  • "S. Egidio" Umbrian Regional Airport Perugia

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