Coordinates: 42°53′N 12°39′E / 42.883°N 12.650°E / 42.883; 12.650
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Comune di Montefalco
Location of Montefalco
Montefalco is located in Italy
Location of Montefalco in Italy
Montefalco is located in Umbria
Montefalco (Umbria)
Coordinates: 42°53′N 12°39′E / 42.883°N 12.650°E / 42.883; 12.650
ProvincePerugia (PG)
FrazioniCamiano, Casale, Cerrete, Fabbri, Fratta, Madonna della Stella, Montepennino, Pietrauta, San Clemente, San Marco, Torre di Montefalco, Turrita
 • MayorLuigi Titta 
 • Total69.51 km2 (26.84 sq mi)
473 m (1,552 ft)
 (31 August 2017)[2]
 • Total5,581
 • Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0742
Patron saintSt. Fortunatus, St. Clare of Montefalco
Saint dayJune 1 (St. Fortunatus), August 17 (St. Clare)
WebsiteOfficial website

Montefalco is a historic small hill town in Umbria, Italy, with a population of 5,581 in August 2017. It has been settled since pre-Roman times, and retains many of its historic buildings. From 1446 to 1861 it was part of the Papal States. It is one of I Borghi più belli d'Italia ("The most beautiful villages of Italy").[3]

Montefalco DOC is a regulated geographical area for its wine, the reds usually including the highly localized Sagrantino grape variety. The town's museum is in a former church, which has a fresco cycle on the life of St. Francis by the Florentine artist Benozzo Gozzoli (1450–1452).


The town has been actively settled since the times of the Umbri. It has been under the successive domination of the Romans, Lombards, being called Coccorone in the Middle Ages. In 1249 it was sacked by Frederick II, but was soon rebuilt with the modern name. from the 13th century it had been a free comune under the domination of local nobles and merchants, but later, as with many other Umbrian locales, the comune gave way to government by a Signoria — in this case, that of the Trinci from the nearby Foligno (1383–1439). In 1446 it fell under the rule of the Papal States where it remained until the unification of Italy in 1861.

St. Clare of Montefalco, sometimes known as St. Clare of the Cross, was born in Montefalco and died there in 1308.

Monuments and sites of interest[edit]

Religious architecture or sites[edit]

Montefalco today has several churches in Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.

Secular architecture or sites[edit]

The 13th century Palazzo Comunale ("Town Hall") has a mullioned window from the original edifice and a 15th-century portal. Also notable are the gates in the walls, including Porta Sant'Agostino, Porta Camiano and Porta Federico II.


The comune of Montefalco and a small area of the comune of Bevagna constitute the regulated geographical area for Montefalco wines. Every year around Easter, the town sponsors a major festival called Settimana Enologica — or Wine Week — where visitors can enjoy the principal wines produced in the area including the comparatively simple red table wine, Montefalco Rosso, the more complex DOCG red wines Sagrantino, for which the area is famous, and the Montefalco Sagrantino secco.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Umbria" (in Italian). Retrieved 1 August 2023.

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