In the very heart of Italy, Umbria region presents a territory made for one-third by mountains and for the rest by hills covered with olive trees and vineyards: for this reason it is called “Italy’s green heart”.
Discover Umbria with the small art pearls of Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and Todi, and its culinary traditions, that reflect the historical rural region with simple flavours and dishes made by genuine and fresh ingredients.
Umbria also includes Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake. This area still has the remains of Etruscan settlements, especially around Castiglione del Lago, where the natural landscape combines with the romantic scenery of the lake.
Assisi is known for being the birthplace of St. Francis (San Francesco), patron saint of animals and ecology, and its undeniable charm attracts huge numbers of visitors and religious pilgrims each year to the wonderful Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Perugia, the capital city of the region, was a mighty Etruscan centre and important medieval city after that, Gubbio and Spoleto are really awesome towns to visit.
What to do:
Umbria is the perfect location for whose who love nature: the wonderful Cascate delle Marmore offers a unique scenery to its visitors eyes, the famous Via Francigena is historically known as a pilgrimage route.
Umbria offers also a wide range of castles, sanctuaries and sites of historical relevance: Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi and Perugia are just some of the tourist destinations in this lovely region.
What to taste:
Umbria territory offers some typical food recipes, really delicious: Norcia is famous for its hams and salami, it’s possible to try different types of Pecorino sheep’s cheese and goat’s milk cheese.
Other typical products of high quality are the truffles and the extra virgin olive oil, one of the best in Italy. Perugia is also world-famous for its chocolate production.
Umbria is also rich in vineyards, you can visit and taste some different wines like the one growing in Montefalco area (just near Perugia).