A little gem in the centre of Italy: Umbria is a region rich of beautiful untouched nature to explore and enchanting villages.
Landlocked between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, the so called “green heart of Italy” is one of the two Italian regions without coastline. Its size allows you to see it all in a short period of time, so plan your trip carefully to make the most of it!
What to visit
Lago di Trasimeno. It is the biggest lake in Central Italy, a spot of blue in the green surroundings overlooked by Castiglione del Lago, a fortified town famous for its military fortress, called Rocca del Leone. In the area you can also see the Etruscan ruins of ancient settlements which date back to the 10th-8th century B.C.
Orvieto. A medieval hill town famous for its stunning cathedral where you can enjoy the Etruscan tombs as well as the underground carved city.
Assisi. The most important destination in Umbria for the Basilica di San Francesco (Saint Francis Basilica): you can visit Saint Francis’s tomb and take a beautiful path in the woodland which is dedicated to the saint.
Spello. This little town is often linked to Pinturicchio, who painted the Baglioni Chapel of the amazing church Santa Maria Maggiore. Spello is definitely worth a visit especially during the floral contest that takes places every year from May to August, when all the little alleys are embellished with colorful flowers.
What to do
Grand Tour Rando. A cycle route in the province of Terni which starts from the Cascate delle Marmore (Marmore Waterfall) and allows you to reach all the most important attractions in the area just cycling. A fantastic experience!
Umbria Jazz. A ten days summer jazz festival in Perugia where you can enjoy the best international jazz music in fantastic theatres but also listen to some good music in the streets while discovering the gorgeous town that hosts this important event.
Mercato delle Gaite. A medieval market which takes place in Bevagna at the end of June for four days and throws you back to the medieval daily life of the town: take part in the lovely events throughout the festival and enjoy some traditional recipes in the local taverns!
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