GUALDO TADINO IS A TOWN FULL OF INTERESTING ATTRACTIONS OF HISTORIC AND ARTISTIC VALUE
The medieval aspect of this picturesque town gives it a charming and fascinating atmosphere made precious by splendid Romanesque churches, small squares, and unforgettable views.
The whole town is dominated by the “Rocca Flea”, which takes its name from the nearby River “Flebeo”. In the thirteenth century, it was sought after by Frederick II of Swabia, who made it his residence and military fortification to defend the entire town. The Rocca Flea currently houses the Civic Museum, whose art gallery features many works of Matteo da Gualdo, a local painter active in the second half of the fifteenth century. The museum also holds an impressive collection of ceramics: the creation of artistic majolica ware has characterized Gualdo Tadino for centuries.
The production of ceramics is still practiced by many local artisans and it is possible to visit some of the ceramics workshops to see their skilled decorative techniques in practice.
Every first Saturday of the month during the summer, visitors to our town can see the “Art and Vintage between the Fountains”, where you can find not only the typical Gualdese pottery, but bric-a-brac, antiques, collectors’ items old and new, transforming the market into a celebration of the history of art.
In “Piazza Martiri della Libertà” (the main town square) you can admire the “Fontana del Cardinale del Monte” : an artistic structure of great cultural interest, designed by renowned architect Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio, and built between 1513 and 1525.
Ancient history enthusiasts can also view archaeological finds of Roman Tadinum, found close to the historic “via Flaminia”: recent excavations have brought to light a complex area, complete with public thermae, a forum, and a sacred area. However, the symbol of the town is the “Rocchetta” water source, a natural waterfall located a short distance from the town, situated in a pleasant natural setting, an oasis of peace and tranquility.
The surrounding area deserves to be explored in depth: in fact, Umbria in its entirety is a land of art and culture.
Easily accessible from Gualdo Tadino, is Perugia with its Etruscan Arch and its Rocca Paolina as well as the historic Etruscan Well (or Sorbello Well); Assisi, where you can admire the incomparable fresco paintings of Giotto and places dedicated to Saint Francis, the most notable being the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi and, on the mountain just above the town, the Hermitage, L’Eremo delle Carceri and Spoleto, whose “Rocca Albornoziana” dominates the Umbrian valley. Not forgetting, of course, Gubbio, a small town of great charm: known for the meeting of St. Francis and the wolf, but also for its medieval architecture, for its palaces and its rich archaeological sites.
Also of historic interest are the Rocca di Passignano sul Trasimeno and the Borgia Castle nearby.