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Umbria is a region of Italy defined by its hills and the towns that sit perched on top of them. The area’s rich history dates back to the time of the Eustrecans, Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. Umbria is home to Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy, as well as the remnants of Etruscan settlements. The area is a great place to visit for history buffs and art aficionados alike.
Umbria Weather: Umbria’s weather varies depending on the location but not by much. The summer enjoys average temperatures from 28 to 30 degrees C, or about 80 degrees F. Winter temperatures are considerably cooler with lows of 8 degrees C, or 48 degrees F.
Regional Cuisine of Umbria: Truffles, strangozzi, castelluccio lentils
Regional Wine of Umbria Sagrantino di Montefalco, Montefalco Rosso, Orgiano Rosso
Things to Do in Umbria: Orvieto Cathedral, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Lungarotti Winery, Perugina ChocolateFactory, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
Where is Umbria? Umbria is located in the center of Italy. It is bordered by Marche, Lazio and Toscana.
Umbria is Tuscany’s ‘greener’ sister: Breath-taking landscapes, great food, and awesome towns. It's just one hour from Rome and is also perfect for a biking tour.
Roaming through the Umbria region of Italy, I’m always awed by the beauty of the hilltop towns.
The ancient walls of these hilltop towns glint and shine in the sun, and the impressive construction of these massive structures seems to defy the laws gravity.
On a recent trip to Spoleto, I took a tour of Rocca Albornoziana. When the shuttle arrived at the entrance to the walled city, I had the chance to look back over the valley. The view was stunning with the Bridge of the Towers, known locally as the Ponte delle Torri, in the forefront. Even though I’d driven over this bridge built on the foundation of Roman aqueducts, I hadn’t noticed the beauty of the bridge itself. The gorge below seemed even larger and deeper, and the view was incredible.
Assisi was the home of Saint Francis, and you can walk in his footsteps. Start at the Stazione Ferrovia train station, and turn left on the Via Patrono d’Italia to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
It is said that Saint Francis restored this church, and it contains the cell where he died. Leave this church and make your way to Assisi where you can visit the Basilica of San Francesco and the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
After visiting the castle at Rocca Maggiore, make your way up the Monte Subasio to the Eremo delle Carceri. Here, you will find the caves of Saint Francis where he spent much of his time before his death.
Fun Fact: The Umbria region of Italy is the only region that is completely landlocked and not bordered by another country or the ocean. It is known as the green heart of Italy.
Local Dish: Umbria offers a variety of tasty local flavors. Not-to-be-missed foods include truffles, antipasti and the pasta dish strangozzi.
Local Day Trips: Orvieto makes a great day trip. Guests are allowed to stroll along the top of the city walls. From the walls, there are spectacular views of the city and the historic Orvieto Cathedral.
Perugia is the capital city of Umbria. The old city center is filled with monuments from the Eustrecans and the Romans, and much of the artwork dates back to the Middle Ages. Spend some time exploring the Palazzo dei Priori, a stunning Gothic palace.
Take time to visit to the town of Bevagna, one of Umbria’s towns that isn’t located on a hilltop. Here, you can view two uniquely Romanesque churches: San Silvestro and San Michele. Be sure to check out the creepy, imposing gargoyles over the doorway at San Michele.
The town of Gubbio is located in the high mountains of Umbria. The view of this medieval town set against the mountains is breathtaking. Spend time walking the ancient streets and don’t be afraid to ask for directions if you get lost wandering.
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