Umbria is Italy’s green center and a largely unspoiled area with hills, woods and streams sandwiched between Tuscany, La Marche and Lazio. A relatively small landlocked region with less than a million inhabitants, Umbria is proud of its magnificentMoreUmbria is Italy’s green center and a largely unspoiled area with hills, woods and streams sandwiched between Tuscany, La Marche and Lazio.
A relatively small landlocked region with less than a million inhabitants, Umbria is proud of its magnificent setting. But as if the landscape itself isn’t reason enough to visit, sprinkled around Umbria are about a dozen of ancient classical towns perched on hills, each one with a distinct character but all safeguarding their rich artistic and architectural heritage.Umbria’s name hails from the tribe Umbrii – possibly the oldest one in Italy – that controlled the land which is now Umbria as well as parts of today’s Tuscany and La Marche.
The Umbrii influence is mostly felt in the eastern part of the region, while the western part (including Perugia and Orvieto) has an Etruscan-inspired history, hence the more somber atmosphere.The Middle Ages in Italy were marked by bloody battles between the independent city states, causing the Umbrians to retreat into the fortified towns. But after many years of warfare, the region stagnated over a period of multiple centuries only to be rediscovered recently.
Foreign purchases of local rural property have increased significantly - much like they did in Tuscany a few decades ago - but the identity and cultural tradition of Umbria remains untouched.Perhaps the most known fact about Umbria is linked to the city of Assisi as this small town is the birthplace of the well-known St. Francis of Assisi. This spiritual influence has often resulted in Umbria being referred to as the ‘land of saints’, perfectly complimented by the mystical landscape and the peculiar Umbrian light.Most visitors start their Umbrian adventure in the capital Perugia and almost all make a stop in Assisi.
But there is so much more than these two towns waiting to be discovered in Umbria- majestic sights include the grand Gothic Duomo (Cathedral) in Orvieto, the perfectly medieval town of Gubbio, the quintessential Umbrian Spoleto and Italy’s largest Lake – Lago Trasimeno. Each of these towns is likely to keep you busy and entertained for at least a day and traveling between them is quite straightforward.There is a something for everyone in Umbria- be it the student-fueled nightlife in Perugia or the fairy-tale atmosphere of the small town Todi, the region is bound to capture your heart with its history, tradition and lifestyle and have you wonder why you haven’t visited earlier.Table of Contents:Introduction to Umbria, ItalyOverviewCultureLocation & OrientationClimate & When To VisitSightseeing HighlightsPerugiaSan Lorenzo CathedralMaggiore FountainPalazzo dei PrioriGalleria Nazionale dell’UmbriaRocca PaolinaGubbioPalazzo dei ConsoliMuseo CivicoCathedralPalazzo DucaleTeatro RomanoAssisiBasilica Santa Maria degli AngeliBasilica di San FrancescoTempio di MinervaRocca MaggioreEremo delle CarceriSpoletoDuomoPonte delle TorriCasa RomanaTodiSanta Maria della ConsolazionePiazza del PopoloCathedralTempio di San FortunatoOrvietoCathedralLago TrasimenoCastiglione del LagoPanicaleIsla PolveseIsla MaggioreVernazzanoTuoroRecommendations for the Budget TravelerPlaces To StayHotel Sacro CuoreP&P Assisi CamereHotel RomaAgriturismo Casale dei FrontiniHotel TrasimenoPlaces To Eat & DrinkRisto