Monteleone di Spoleto, counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy, is absolutely worth a visit during our travels and motorbike tours.
In the heart of Umbria, it stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the Corno river, in a wide hilly basin of land cultivated with spelled.
Monteleone boasts a strategic position between the historic communication routes: to the south, to Leonessa, to the east to the Salaria and the valley of the Tronto river. In the XNUMXth century, the Via del Ferro and the mountain roads used for transhumance were added to these routes.
La Church of St. Francis is the main structure of the village. At the end of the fourteenth century it was divided in half, in height, by robust vaults. The lower church has two naves: the central one shows a coffered ceiling from the eighteenth century. Among the works of art we can see a wooden statue of Sant'Antonio Abate, an early fifteenth century fresco depicting the Madonna del voto, the baroque altar dedicated to San Felice.
In the complex of San Francesco there is also a copy of the Etruscan chariot, in walnut wood, covered with bronze sheets, with the rudder protruding from the jaws of a wild boar and the bird's head end. In front of the village you can admire the mountain range that surrounds theplateau of Leonessa, with the major peaks of the Cambio and Tila.
As for the Village of Arrone, in Monteleone you can go trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking and discover the itineraries of industrial archeology in the places of mines.
From December 5th to 9th the Farro Market Exhibition takes place, the only DOP in Europe. The third week of July is the San Felice Fair. On the morning of August 15, the Cybo Malaspina historical procession re-enacts the Monteleone of 1516 with the gift to the church of San Francesco of the "doubler", the candle that will burn all year round; in the afternoon the Palio del Doppiero is the challenge of the Terzieri for the reconquest of the palio lost the previous year. On 11 August follows the Sagra degli Strascinati, "the magnar of the wayfarers".
Typical of the Monteleone area are extra virgin olive oil, truffles, not to mention pecorino cheese and the famous butchery of Valnerina (cured meats and sausages, from ham to sausages).