Deep in the heart of Italy lies an enchanting region often passed over for its more famous neighbors, Tuscany and Lazio/Rome. Green, verdant and bursting with culinary delights, Umbria offers a hidden treasure trove of natural beauty, rich history, and abundant harvests. To help you consider this alternative to the more traveled regions, today we're showcasing 9 highlights that make Umbria a must-visit destination for any traveler. Get ready to fall in love with the "Green Heart of Italy."
Umbria's rolling hills, lush vineyards, and serene lakes offer breathtaking landscapes you’ll always remember. Whether you're hiking in the Apennine Mountains or strolling through olive groves, the region's natural beauty is nothing short of stunning.
The region boasts a wealth of well-preserved medieval towns like Assisi, Perugia, and Orvieto. Wander through cobblestone streets, visit ancient cathedrals, and explore charming piazzas where time seems to stand still.
Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, offers ancient, humble chapels and meaningful stories for contemplation. Visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and soak in the peaceful atmosphere that has drawn pilgrims for centuries.
Art and Culture
Umbria is a living museum with a rich artistic heritage. Be captivated by the frescoes of Giotto and the mosaics of Cimabue (also known as Cenni di Pepo) plus explore local galleries showcasing contemporary artists' works.
Umbria's cuisine is a medieval festival for your taste buds. Savor dishes like truffle-infused pasta, roasted game, and the region's world-famous olive oil. Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of the the crisp, dry white wines of Grechetto or the deep- colored, heady reds of Sagrantino.
Umbria is a truffle lover's paradise. Join a truffle hunting excursion with a local expert and witness the thrill of finding these precious fungi in the region's forests.
Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth-largest lake, offers a serene escape. Enjoy boating, fishing, or simply relaxing by the tranquil shores.
The Sweetness of Doing Nothing
Umbria invites you to embrace the Italian philosophy of "dolce far niente" or the sweetness of doing nothing. Spend lazy afternoons in a hillside villa, sipping wine and savoring the beauty around you. (We'd love to help you do nothing!)
Last but not least, the people of Umbria are known for their warm and welcoming nature. Engage with locals, learn about their traditions, and take home not just memories but lifelong connections and friendships.
Umbria, with its blend of natural wonders, cultural riches, and warm-hearted people, is a destination that will capture your heart and soul. Whether you're an art aficionado, a foodie, a history buff, or simply seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Umbria offers an experience like no other. Pack your bags, immerse yourself in the "Green Heart of Italy," and let Umbria's magic leave an indelible mark on your heart, from one green heart to another.