Umbria, the Romantic Garden of Italy
Umbria is a region in the heart of Italy that
touches the eyes and heart of all those that
visit it. The smooth hills are enlightened by
wonderful medieval towns and the green valleys
are crossed by sparkling blue rivers. The
tourist travelling through this area can enjoy
beautiful castles, ancient convents,
archaeological sites, famous masterpieces of
art, Europe's highest waterfalls, the
spectacular Trasimeno Lake, peace and fresh air
and the enchanting sensations of walking through
and breathing centuries of history. This is
Umbria with its breathtaking views and panoramas
so natural yet so harmonious; a romantic garden
where behind every corner you can find beautiful
surprises: small lakes, flowered fields,
and charming churches on the top of its hill.
Discovering the region is an infinite pleasure
whether it is by car, bike or simply by foot.
Perugia Airport, Rome Airport (2 hours)
Main Tourist Attractions:
Perugia, Assisi, Trasimeno Lake, Marmore
Waterfalls, Orvieto, Spoleto
Where to go
In order to really appreciate this region, the
best way for a tourist to visit it is to
travel by car. Umbria offers
many wonderful itineraries covering different
aspects: cultural and historical interests,
gourmet specialties and naturalistic jewels. In
the following sections you can find various
suggestions to make the best of your holiday.
1. Perugia is the most important town of
the region and offers the tourist many attractions and
historical monuments form Etruscan walls to
Roman ruins and medieval buildings.
2. The Tiber Valley
3. The Roman Road: Via Flaminia
4. The Heart of Umbria
5. Natural parks and botanical gardens.
offers many natural parks with unique botanical
and geological features. The tourist visiting this
region have many different panoramas to choose:
from mountain landscapes to lake views.
What to eat
Umbrian Cuisine embraces a wide variety of
dishes deriving from traditional recipes of
ancient populations such as the Etruscans, who
brought olives and vines and meat cooking
techniques and the Umbrian Sabine.
Typical products of this region are the
Norcia truffles, soups (mainly lentil and
bean variety soups), tasty salami, local
sausages, pork dishes cooked in different ways
(the most famous is the "porchetta", a
roast pig stuffed with spices), pigeons and lake
fish. All the dishes are all dressed with the
wonderful Umbrian olive oil.
The most important red wines are Sagrantino
di Montefalco and Rosso di Torgiano. Famous
white wines are Orvieto and