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Places to visit in Umbria
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Places to visit in Umbria

GUBBIO:

In the North of Umbria, Gubbio lies on the slope of Mount Ingino where it dominates a fertile soil. The City of Wax (chosen as the symbol of the Region of Umbria) is one of the most important centers of Umbria and is tourism spot for art.

Three good reasons to visit Gubbio:

  • Palazzo dei Consoli
  • The Basilica of Saint Ubaldo
  • Corsa dei Ceri event

TODI:

Situated in the central part of Umbria, Todi is a splendid town of art that rises on a hill which dominates the middle of the Tiber Valley. Thanks to its rich historical, artistic and architectural heritage,Todi is one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the region.

Three good reasons to visit Todi:

  • The Temple of Saint Mary of Consolation
  • The Temple of Saint Fortunato
  • Piazza del Popolo

PERUGIA:

Capital of the region, Perugia is an ancient town situated in the North-Central area of Umbria. The historical centre rises on top of tall hills that flank the right bank of the Tiber. One of the most visited art towns, multiethnic and multicultural with two universities, Perugia assumes the multiple traits of the Region: culture, art, history, religion, handicrafts, environment and food.

Three good reasons to visit Perugia:

  • Palazzo dei Priori
  • Fontana Maggiore
  • The National Gallery of Umbria

ASSISI:

Situated in the Mid-Eastern part Umbria, Assisi lies on the slope of Mount Subasio where it towers over the plains of the rivers Topino and Chiascio, tributaries of the Tiber. The town, which is the birth place of Saint Francis and Saint Chiara, is a point of world interest as the universal centre of the Franciscan message of peace and fraternity. Constructed with the “pink stone” of Mount Subasio, Assisi comes alive with an atmosphere of deep spirituality, a place where the history and faith of its saints makes it unique to the world.

Three good reasons to visit Assisi:

  • The Basilica of Saint Francis
  • Eremo dei Carceri monastery
  • The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels

CITTA DELLA PIEVE:

Situated in the West of Umbria, Citta delle Pieve lies with a panoramic view on top of a plateau that overlooks the surrounding Valdichiana end of the nearby Lake Trasimeno. The town is rich in history and art, it is the birthplace of Pietro Vannucci nicknamed The Perugino, one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance.

Three good reasons to visit Citta della Pieve:

  • Palazzo della Corgna
  • The Church of Santa Maria dei Bianchi
  • The Cathedral of Santi Gervasio e Protasio

LAGO TRASIMENO:

The area of Trasimeno appears like an amphitheater shaped hill that nearly circles the lake, except for the Western shore, where it fades towards the Tuscan Valdichiana.

ORVIETO:

In the South-West of Umbria, Orvietto is a spectacular town of Etruscan origins that rises on a massive cliff of volcanic rock dominating the wide valley of the river Paglia. The town, which is home to a rich cultural and artistic heritage, contains the magic and power of 3000 years of history visible in the medieval buildings left untouched by time.

Three good reasons to visit Orvieto:

  • The Duomo
  • The National Museum of Archaeology
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NORCIA:

Norcia is situated on the slope of Mount Sibillini. Birthplace of Saint Benedict, the Benedictine spirit unites the wonders of nature, the miracles of art and the richness of gastronomy. The noteworthy environmental, cultural and artistic heritage make this a member of the “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” club.

Three good reasons to visit Norcia:

  • The Basilica of Saint Benedict
  • Piano Grande di Castelluccio di Norcia
  • The National Park of Mount Sibillini

CASCIA:

Situated in the South-Western part of Umbria, Cascia rises in the most mountainous part of the region near the National Park of Mount Sibilllini. Lying on the hill of Saint Agostino and surrounded by reliefs that descend all the way down to the river Corno, the tributary of the Nera, birthplace of Saint Rita, it is one of the major religious centers of Umbria and is frequented by pilgrims from all over the world.

Three good reasons to visit Cascia:

  • The Basilica and Monastery of Saint Rita
  • The Church of Saint Francis
  • The Church of Saint Antonio Abate

SPOLETO:

Situated in the South-West of Umbria, Spoleto is among the most fascinating art towns of the region. Thanks to the richness of its history, the variety of its cultural gifts and the importance of its art events it is one of the most appreciated tourist destinations.

Three good reasons to visit: Spoleto:

  • The Duomo
    The Church of Saint Peter
    Ponte delle Torri

CASCATA DELLE MARMORE:

With a height of 165 meters this is the tallest waterfall in all of Europe.

NARNI:

Situated in the South of Umbria, perched on a buttress of limestone above the river Nera, Narni is a splendid town full of history. Considered as the geographical centre of Italy, it conserves a rich artistic heritage over 3000 years old, and underneath it reveals the past of the entire region, from the Etruscans to the Romans to the Middle Ages.

Three good reasons to visit Narni:

  • Rocca albornoziana
  • The Church of Saint Domenic
  • Narni’s Underground

ENOGASTRONOMIA IN UMBRIA:

enogastronomia in umbriaThe cuisine of Umbria is composed of a distinctly rural taste, straightforward and simple, based on recipes and ingredients that have been noticed even at the confines of the region. An example is the black truffle of Norcia, considered one of the most esteemed at the international level and has beaten the competition in the sales of this valuable mushroom. Regarded delicacies are the wheat of Valnerina, used in soups and flour, and the lentils of Castelluccio, small, green and delicate. The salamis of Norcia. The town of Norcia has conserved for many centuries a venerated tradition in the art of meats making prosciutto, salami and and any type of cured meat, from where the term “norcino” originates. Even today there are authentic boutiques selling salami and hams, the “norcerie”, where one can buy any type of delicacy. Umbria also produces extra virgin olive oil of absolute excellence: the marking DOP Umbria has five denominations: Colli Orvietani, Colli del Trasimeno, Colli Assisi-Spoleto, Colli Martani and Colli Amerini. From the wine lovers perspective the region is rich with local variety of grapevines sucha as the Grechetto, the Verdello and Ciliegiolo, the precious Torgiano Rosso Reserve DOCG, and the Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG. The Orvieto grapevine is surely one of the most famous white vines in Italy: the Sagrantino passito (raisin wine), great for desserts or the Solleone, a liqueur-wine with personality.

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