My Umbrian Wanderlust in Le Ginestre Greppolischieto

Do you have a secret place in Italy that you love but wouldn’t want anyone to know about? Well I do too but it’s time I share it with you! Situated just 45 minutes away from Perugia, Le Ginestre Greppolischieto is a small borgo with only TWO inhabitants!!


Yes you read that right! As you enter the empty borgo, you realize how an old couple have made it their own town worth living. They are the only inhabitants as others have moved on or passed away. Greppolischieto boasts a tiny piazza where there are names of soldiers who died in the war. The names dated back to the years 1919 and 1923.



There are no cafes or trattorias here, only uninhabited homes and lost stories. The little village is an absolute stunner yet slightly haunting too. Everything is eerily quiet and empty. It is undoubtedly a special corner of Umbria! I found little information available online but there were two fantastic articles by Delicious Italy and Hen House Umbria .

How to reach:

Greppolischieto can be reached by car on the route to Citta del Pieve or Castello Montegiove from Perugia. This side of Umbria doesn’t have a train station very close by. There are several B&Bs in a span of 5-10 kms (Updated May 2017)

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28 thoughts on “My Umbrian Wanderlust in Le Ginestre Greppolischieto

  1. wow, what an amazingly enchanting place. It makes you wonder what will happen to it once this elderly couple moves on. Great find. How did you travel to it Ishita

  2. What a beautiful place…can you say more about the reason there are only two people living there? Abandoned…why? Is this typical in this part of Italy? Thanks!!!

  3. Which was is this from Perugia? Reminds me of Todi and so many of the Umbrian hill towns, but in miniature. Do you know what the people who live here do for a living? I am going to remember this place… and be there one day! Thanks!

    1. Yes from Perugia. An hour’s drive 🙂 Beautiful lil place. I haven’t made it yet to Todi. Next time 🙂 I don’t know what they do for a living, farming?:D

  4. We spent a week in an Umbrian villa some years ago. It was outside of Cita de Castle. We have great memories of day trip to town, local festivals and art shows. It was also in a good position to drive to Arezzo, San Sepulcro, and Urbino.

  5. Ooooh Ishita, what a wonderful post, I do hope that this is not too far from where we are staying in August, as I would love to wander around these hauntingly beautiful streets, but I may just want to stay in one of the empty houses…….

  6. We are staying in Cetona Ishita, same place as last year, but this time want to explore further south as last time we went north – thank you just over four weeks to go, we are going to Malta for the honeymoon

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