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Marsciano

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Marsciano is a city in Umbria between Perugia and Todi.

The main gate of Compignano
The main gate of Compignano

Understand[edit]

Marsciano is mainly an industrial town with not too much to detain visitors. As a brickmaking town it has an interesting little museum on the topic. The area covered by the municipality (North of the town) is a very hilly and green area, with many medieval borghi and at least a couple of notable winemakers. Marsciano is a good starting point also for exploring the Monte Peglia, a massif in the adjacent Provincia di Terni, with plenty of holiday houses and B&Bs.

Get in[edit]

Local trains operated by Busitalia from Perugia Ponte San Giovanni station (not Perugia's central station but on the same line) take about 25 minutes. Trains are not especially frequent so check the timetables. The fare is €2.50.

The same local train line runs to Terni, which is connected to major train lines. You can get trains from Terni to Marsciano for €4.60. At Terni station, buy the ticket to Marsciano from the shop in the bar rather than at the ticket window. Also, the trains that run on the Terni-Perugia PSG line are not listed on the main timetables displayed in Terni station. However, there is a separate timetable showing these trains and they appear on the departures board. The Trenitalia website also lists those trains. The railway service has been replaced by coaches calling at the stations, due to long-term maintenance works.

Get around[edit]

It is easy to walk around Marsciano. The railway station is on the edge of town, about 15 minutes' walk from the centre or few minutes by bus, which stops in front of the station. The railway service has been suspended for maintenance and replaced by coaches. Less easy is to get around the hilly, the most scenic part of the commune. The coaches are mainly focused on the school terms, however all the public transport services can be found on Busitalia web site. Now it is also possible to buy an all-inclusive ticket for all or most of the public transport in Umbria. Another option is to buy the Umbria Green Card and rent a car, particularly an electric vehicle. The card gives access also to a range of offers and discounts.

See[edit]

  • Piazza San Giovanni
  • The Brick and Terracotta Museum (Museo dinamico del Laterizio e delle Terrecotte), Palazzo Pietromarchi, Largo Garibaldi (the entrance of the museum is accessible either from Largo Garibaldi (opposite the town hall) and from Piazza San Giovanni (opposite the church)), +39 075 8741152, . F-Su 10:30-13:00; M 10:30-13:00. €2; concessions: €2/€1 for over 65, under 26 and 15+ groups; free for children under 6.
  • 1 Modernist building, 37 Piazza Carlo Marx. This elegant Modernist building, painted salmon pink, provides counterpoint to the buildings of the historical centre. There is a war memorial outside with a pair of statues. It's not possible to go inside, but this is no loss because the exterior is the part that's worth seeing. Free.

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Eat[edit]

Panino con la porchetta

Porchetta (roasted pork) is made from the meat of locally bred swine, mainly in the northern area of the municipality. It is available from vans which park around the town (or in Piazza Marx on Monday mornings during the market) or at butchers.

  • Oasi Villaggio, Voc. Marcurischio, 1, +39 075 87 43 532. Some locals say this is the best restaurant in Marsciano. Good food and service. The restaurant seems to be the Oasi's main business rather than lodgings (see below). Has a large car park. Closed Mondays. Pizzas around €6.
  • Be Happy, Via XX Settembre, +39 075 874 28 26. Very stylish "dinner cafe" in the historical centre of town. Has reasonably priced pizzas as well as posh gourmet dishes. Good service and English spoken.

Drink[edit]

  • The Galleon Pub & Tavern, Via Tuderte 47, +39 075 874 2304. Allegedly the only pub in town, the main room is decorated in the style of a galleon. There are other rooms and a large "Summer garden" during the hot season. Friendly staff, good choice of beers and also good for a meal.

Sleep[edit]

  • Oasi Villaggio, Voc. Marcurischio, 1, +39 075 87 43 532. Clean, simple, compact rooms. Free WiFi. It's a few minutes' walk from the town centre with views over the Umbrian countryside. €50-85.

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Go next[edit]

  • Castello di Sant' Apollinare
  • Cerqueto, 7 km north of Marsciano, has a parish church notable for a 1478 fresco of St. Sebastian, the earliest known work signed by the local artist Perugino.
  • Deruta. A major ceramics center.
  • Monte Peglia, scenic views of the Apennines with ancient "borghi" and a vulcanologic museum [dead link] in San Venanzo.


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