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Welcome to Pietralunga

Pietralunga

Welcome to Pietralunga a very small town and a large municipality in Umbria. It is considered small because it counts 2,300 inhabitants, of which 1,700 live in the centre of the village and its immediate suburbs and 600 in the hamlets scattered throughout its vast territory. As a matter of fact, Pietralunga is one of the largest municipalities in Umbria owing to its large territorial extension of 140, 24 km². It lies on a pleasant preapennine hill, 566 m a.s.l, close to the Umbria-Marche Apennines. The area where our village rises is known as Upper Tiber Valley or, better still, as Carpina Valley. The Carpina is a left tributary of the River Tiber, which springs in the territory of Pietralunga, runs through the territory of Montone and flows into the River Tiber at Umbertide.

Our small town has been partner of the Association of Authentic Villages since 2013. It offers a rich interesting historical, cultural and environmental heritage, that is being preserved and promoted as a typical and authentic form of past life.
As regarding its geographical position, the village is about 20 km from the larger neighbouring towns such as Gubbio and Città di Castello. It is a lively village, where it is becoming important to bring to light and to let people know its activities, workshops, its beautiful rich natural landscapes as well as its local products and history.

As already mentioned, our village offers a great historical and naturalistic interest. The historical centre presents quaint and charming features: it is a Medieval hamlet, rising on the hillside sloping towards the Carpinella stream. It ancient walls are still intact and the historical part of the hamlet is protected by an imposing pentagonal defence tower, commonly called “Rocca”. Between the northern and southern sides of the city walls there is a height difference of 40/50 metres.
The village of Pietralunga lies on top of a hill overlooking the Carpinella Valley, in the internal area of the Umbria-Marche Apennines, between the Upper Tiber Valley and the ridge of Serra di Burano. A peculiar feature of this area is the endless succession of hills spread out in winding valleys before reaching the Apennine watershed. The hill slopes but also the valley floors are covered with dense forests of quercus cerrus and oak trees giving the impression of a primitive landscape.