Marvel at ancient Roman ruins, enjoy open-air adventure amid the mountains and visit a major Christian pilgrimage site in this verdant, landlocked region.
Experience old-world Italy in the central region of Umbria, which has retained its medieval charm and untouched landscapes. It’s the only region in Italy that doesn’t share a border with the sea or another country, which makes it a wonderful place to participate in age-old Italian traditions unchanged by outside influences.
Umbria’s main city, Perugia, is perched on a hill surrounded by ancient walls. Remnants of its Roman history remain, including a Roman amphitheater and thermal baths. Wander through the National Gallery of Umbria and marvel at the elegant Maggiore Fountain. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and active nightlife scene bolstered by the students attending the city’s two universities.
Visit Assisi, the hometown of Italy’s patron saint and a major pilgrimage destination for Christians. Most buildings in the town are named after St. Francis, the most prominent being the Basilica of St. Francis. Make the most of Assisi’s location on a hill and take photos of the wonderful views out to the green fields of Mount Subasio.
South of Perugia is the province of Terni, which boasts stunning natural sights, including the Cascate delle Marmore waterfalls. Go rock climbing in Ferentillo, start a canoe trip from Arrone and hike up the mountain slopes overlooking River Nera. For an excursion that requires less exertion, follow the wine trails and sample wines made from locally grown varietals.
Gubbio, the oldest village in Umbria, is a true symbol of the Middle Ages. Visit the Consul’s Palace and the Ducal Palace to see local art. Taste Umbrian cake, also known as panpepato, in a local café. The attractive city of Orvieto, known for its gloriously extravagant Gothic cathedral, is another common destination on tourist itineraries.
Umbria’s airport is located between Perugia and Assisi and offers regional flights on a seasonal schedule. Consider taking a Trenitalia train from elsewhere in Italy to Umbria’s major towns. A bus service connects smaller towns and villages, though the most reliable way to get around is by car.
Come to Umbria for breathtaking landscapes and to experience the region’s seductive, slow-paced lifestyle.