About Acquasparta, Umbria.

Acquasparta is an ancient medieval village situated on the Umbrian Appennines.   It was under Roman rule untill the tenth century, when it passed to Todi, and during Middle Age, to the Cesi family.   With the Cesi, Acquasparta lived its most flourishing period, and it was the centre of a remarkable cultural activity that reached its peak with the creation of the Accademy of the Lincei.

In the ninteenth century Acquasparta became part of the Papal States.   It's name originates from its location between the thermal springs of Amerino and Furapane whose curative properties are widely acknowledged.   Being an important spa town is only one of the reasons that makes Acquasparta well worth a visit.   The renaissance-style Palazzo Cesi with its wonderfully frescoed walls, the Church of Saint Francis, dating 1292, in roman-gothic style with its wooden Cross going back to fifteenth century, the thirteenth century Church of Saint Cecilia, Patroness of the town, the Madonna del Giglio, a Church dating 1606 with ancient frescos.

On the outskirts of Acquasparta, along the Roman 'Via Flaminia', an old roman bridge became the foundation of the Church of Saint Giovanni de Butris in romanic style, in this rich countryside you can also find Portaria, a small ancient village which sits nestled in the mountains near Acquasparta.

The beauty and peacefulness of Acquasparta and it's surroundings invite you to enjoy excursions on mountain bikes or trecking tours or peaceful hill walking; you will encounter slopes, declines, meadows, ridges, small medieval villages and you can admire the wonderful view of the Monti Martani and reach places like Cesi, Portaria, Cisterne Vecchie, Todi, Orvieto to name but a few.   Acquasparta is alive in all seasons, and it is worth while participating in its several festivals.

Festivals in Acquasparta

Childrens Carnival in Acquasparta: Held the end of February, with floats and delicious food at the Taverna.

Renaissance in Acquasparta: Held at the beginning of June, Acquasparta is enlivened by historical revivals with plays, gastronomy and competitions among the three contrade ( Porta Vecchia, Ghetto and San Cristoforo).
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Arte Estate: Held from June to September, exihibitions, opera, jazz and blues concerts.

Lied Tedesco: Held at the end of August, chamber singing course.

New wine festival: Normally at the end of November, to honour the Saint Patroness Cecilia, a tavern will offer delicious food and the new season wine.

Living creche: Hosted in the centre of the town each year, a fascinating recreation of the birth of Jesus.   Held on the 26th of December, the 1st and 6th of January.