““In a temperate and salubrious air, and in soil very suitable for the cultivation of wheat, vines and mulberries, not far from the left bank of the fishy Chiascio, sits the land of Bastia….”
“And we bow down to believe that at the end of the Roman Republic, when most of our cultivated people had come into the hands of the greedy patricians who, reducing them to large estates, entrusted their cultivation to the unfaithful arms of slaves, because the banks of the nearby river were ill-guarded and unprotected, the frequent and copious flooding of the Chiagio, flooded for a long distance the land around that small rise, where the land is today and that in this way it came to acquire the appearance and name of Isola. Nor does it appear that in those early days the place was completely deserted by inhabitants, although some remains of Roman buildings can still be found there”.
A. Cristofani: “History of Bastia Umbra”.
VIA ROMA - S. COSTANZO - MEZZOMIGLIO
This is the street that connects the historic centre with S. Maria degli Angeli, along which the first residential and commercial urban expansion took place. It is the shoppingstreet par excellence.
VIA FIRENZE - BORGO I MAGGIO - IL PONTE DELLA BASTIOLA - XXV APRILE
To the north of the capital, crossing the Chiascio river, along the main road linking Perugia with Assisi. Its historic centre is called “The Bridge“ by definition, as it is the oldest and most artistic artefact crossing the river. Next to the bridge is the small Church of S. Niccolò and along the ancient road, near the railway, the deconsecrated Churchof S. Bartolomeo. Of particular interest isthe archaeological site of Via Renzini.
PONTE S. LUCIA - MADONNA DI CAMPAGNA - CIPRESSO
VIA VENETO - PIAZZA CAMPO DEL MERCATO - UMBRIA FIERE -STADIO
This is a border castle that gravitated under the Municipality of Perugia and was acquired by the Municipality as a hamlet in recent times (1924). In fact, the parish is subject to the Diocese of Perugia. The name almost certainly refers to the “Pellegrinaio” (pilgrims’ ward) for the assistance of the faithful on their way to the sanctuaries (Assisi, Loreto, Rome…).