The surrounding area of Perugia perfectly reflects the environmental and cultural features of Umbria, maintaining a strong and genuine connection between nature and civilization, between typical medieval villages and cultivated fields.
Among the green and rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, which cover almost all the green plains, the whole region offers the tourist a unique and enchanting landscape with small fortified villages, such as Corciano, which is in the north of Perugia, and it’s a typical medieval village that is on the hills between the city and Trasimeno Lake, and which is characterized by its narrow streets and stairways, for the colour of its stones and the signs of its history.
According to the legend, Corciano is founded by Coragino, the mythical Ulysses’s companion.
Corciano is rich in history and art: one of the most significant architectural monuments of the whole territory of Perugia is especially the massive and imposing Pieve del Vescovo Castle, which is in the countryside of the valley.
There are also many narrow streets, stairways, old palaces, towers, gardens, churches and bell towers, in the setting of a medieval structure, the Porta Santa Maria, the central Coragino square with a beautiful well of the XVI century and the Santa Maria Assunta church.
In December and January in Corciano you can also visit the crèche which represents the great nativity scene with life-size statues, made up of paper pulp and clay, and with an exhibition always inspired by different themes, to tie the representation of the nativity scene to a reflection of the Gospel through verses hung on the houses of the village as a Christmas greeting.