Last Sunday I went for a ride in Umbria and I chose TREVI as my destination
It ‘s a town that already from afar fascinates you, perched on a hill at 200 meters above sea level in between two mountains, Monte Brunette and Mount Serano. Born in Roman times, near the Via Flaminia and the Clitunno River, Pliny the Elder classifies it as a city of the Umbrians. Its name of the time is Trebia, it’s existence before the Roman domination is testified by the “Stele di Bovara, with an archaic inscription, but certainly also prehistoric civilizations lived in this land.
Great importance was reached in the imperial age with the construction of villas and the surrounding walls still visible. It was a bishop’s seat until the eleventh century.
During the Lombard Longobard’s domination it was assigned to a gastaldo (administrator of the king) under the Duchy of Spoleto, in the XIII century it was a free municipality. Then came the domination of various captains and the fatal vicariate of the Trinci of Foligno until 1483 when it then passed under the dominion of the Church following the fate of the Papal State until the unification of Italy.
During the ascent towards the centre you meet the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime, which owes its name to the tearing of a painting depicting the Madonna according to tradition. The structure has an irregular Latin cross with a single nave and is an important example of the Renaissance in Umbria. Inside there are works by Perugino (1522) and Giovanni di Pietro called Spain (1520).
The heart of the historic center is Piazza Mazzini where there is also the 13th century Town Hall with the Civic Tower. The Clitunno Theater was designed by the architect Domenico Mollaioli from the 19th century.
Important buildings are:
The Church of Sant’Emiliano (the patron saint of the city) is built in Romanesque style, but revisited several times over the centuries. Previously there was a pagan temple dedicated to Diana, however Feliciano, bishop of Foligno, ordered the demolition, which took place in 199, and subsequently a Christian church was built.
Later in the 12th century the current church dedicated to Sant’Emiliano di Trevi was built. The interiors, however, in neoclassical style, date back to the sixteenth century.  In the second half of the fifteenth century the church was renovated according to a project by the architect Luca Carimini.
The Chapel of San Girolamo with frescoes of Spain and Tiberius of Assisi
The Church of the Crucifix that preserves frescoes of the Spacca
Palazzo Lucarini, headquarters of the Trevi Flash Art Museum where periodic exhibitions of contemporary international art are hosted
Palazzo Natalucci with characteristic Arabic doors
Palazzo Valenti which preserves one of the oldest archaeological collections in Umbria
Trevi is also known as the City of Oil and is included in the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Nearby there is the village of Campello sul Clitunno with its “sources of Clitunno” fed by underground springs that emerge from rock cracks giving a charming and romantic atmosphere.