If you like the idea of good food, good wine, natural beauty, rich cultural and historical traditions and life at a slower pace, then Umbria, the green heart of Italy, is the place for you. Although very popular with Italian and foreign tourists, Tuscany’s little sister, Umbria remains unspoiled both in its countryside and in its outlook on life.
Much of the landscape is dominated by gently rolling hills, agricultural
land, olive groves, vineyards, forest and fields, punctuated by mediaeval
The Umbrians are a friendly, hospitable people with a strong sense of tradition, not least when it comes to culinary pleasures. Home-made pasta or ice-cream, for example, are the order of the day, and no meal is complete without locally-produced extra-virgin olive oil and a good red or white from the Umbrian hills.
Culture plays an important and varied part in Umbrian life and is alive at grassroots level as well as in exhibitions, concerts and festivals that enjoy international recognition: Umbria Jazz, Spoleto’s Festival dei due Mondi and the Umbrian National Gallery at Perugia, to name but a few. Clearly, cultural centres such as Assisi and Perugia need no introduction, but towns like Orvieto, Todi, Spoleto, Gubbio or Montefalco will enrich your tourist’s itinerary, making your stay in this small but great region unforgettable.