The origins of the town go back to ancient times. When Perugia conquered the territory in the 12th century, Deruta was transformed into a border fortress to defend Perugia against Todi and other potential enemies, but by the 13th century Deruta had its own statute and governed itself independently. The 14th and 15th centuries were periods of great upheavals with alternating dominations, destruction and large-scale plagues. Domination by the Baglioni family from Perugia in 1500 was the start of the reconstruction of most of the town and meant that Deruta was able to rise from its ashes.Read more...
Cities and “borghi” +
The villages, “borghi”, of Umbria are small splendid masterpieces on a human scale: squares, castles, churches, bell towers, landscapes, festivals, typical products and unique stories.
Along with Deruta, there are many towns which belong to the so-called “Borghi più belli d'Italia”. Everybody knows the famous, monumental cities Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio and Orvieto. Here I name a few gems to visit during your stay in Casa “Le tre Muse”. But every “borgo” in the surroundings is worthwhile a visit.Read more...
Umbria and history +
Il cuore verde d'Italia
In literature, Umbria is referred to as Il cuore verde d'Italia or The green heart of Italy. The phrase is taken from a poem by Giosuè Carducci, the subject of which is the source of the Clitunno River in Umbria.
Umbria is an untouched, luscious paradise, with only countryside surroundings and no interloping of other country borders or the coast. It is admired as a tranquil version of the beautiful and charming region of Tuscany and has become a desired destination for those seeking something unique.Read more...
Mountains and lake +
Monti Sibillini and Pian Grande
The Monti Sibillini is one of the most beautiful areas of Italy nestled between Umbria and Le Marche. The national park of the Sibillini is dotted with medieval hamlets, gorgeous forests and stunning panoramas. Here, you won’t find hordes of tourists like in other regions of Italy, so there is no better reason to discover this magical and low-key area of the country.
One of the best things to do in the park is to reach Mount Sibilla and ask the locals about the ancient legend of the area. Sibilla has been known since the Middle Ages as a land of fairies, demons and magic linked to the Prophetess Sibyl, who is said to have lived in the homonymous mount.Read more...
Oil and wine +
Olive oil tradition
In Umbria, the Olive Oil tradition has very ancient origins. It is supposed that the Etruscans were the first to start the cultivation of the olive tree, which developed largely during the Roman Empire, when many patricians chose the Umbrian lands as their country villas.
Traditionally, olives are harvested either by hand or with the help of a shaker, then washed and crushed within the next 12 hours. The extraction is carried out with a continuous oil mill, called a "frantoio". Umbrian oil makes up only about two percent of Italy’s olive oil production but wins a far larger proportion of awards.Read more...
More resources +
This is the official website of the Umbria Region for tourism. It contains a vast overview of cultural places, villages, religious sites and UNESCO heritage in the whole region. Find events, experiences, excursions, hand-crafts, nature parks and much more. You can plan your trip here and find out how to get around and move in Umbria and create your itinerary through the Umbrian wonders.
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
This Association selects a tourist network of excellence, composed of towns appearing under a common brand name and logo, whose activity in tourist welcoming, maintenance and development is continuously monitored. Deruta is listed in this network. On their website you will find, besides an overview of the “Borghi più belli”, events, experiences and a guide.
Exploring Umbria offers by simple digital means, a choice of experiences and activities that can be enjoyed in Umbria. They stand out for their high traditional and regional value. Just have a look and be amazed by the vast choice!
Official website of the Deruta Tourist Information Office. Here, you can find information about the history, the museums, the traditional majolica ceramics, the restaurants and other tourist attractions of the town.