The green heart of Italy, Umbria is an everchanging, untouched landscape with winding valleys and hills, mountains, hollows and plains extending along the Tiber’s central basin. ?At the centre of the boot of Italy, it is the only region with no coastline. It includes the medieval and Etruscan regional capital of Perugia with nearby Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake. The region has the remains of Etruscan settlements, particularly around Perugia and Castiglione del Lago,.

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s the lesser known region neighbouring famous Tuscany. It is however, the less spectacular in its rolling countryside, vineyards, olive groves and hilltop towns dotted across the landscape. 

The capital of Umbria, the hilltop town of Perugia lies on a hill 500 m. above sea level, with the old town spreading all around it, and partly surrounded by Etruscan and Medieval Walls. There are two city walls- the external one, dating back to the Middle Ages, is still intact for several kms and has several gates and the inner, Etruscan wall, was built using huge rocks. Unfortunately, only a few remains of the old city have survived; the remaining urban centre is mainly medieval in style. The old town is in fact a typical medieval village, one of the most beautiful in Italy, with its Piazza IV Novembre and Maggiore Fountain, one of the most important squares in Italy and the social core of the city.
Near Assisi , Spello is considered one of the treasures of Umbria, rich in history, monuments and works of art such as those by Pinturicchio. Montefalco, near Foligno, is considered the “balcony” of Umbria, a scenic overlook with a view of the whole valley.  In the south of the province, Spoleto is a wonderfully charming town, not only for its monuments but also for its intimate connection with nature. Clinging to the hillsides it is dominated by the 14th century fortress, the Rocca Albornonziana.  Worth visiting here is the Arco di Druso, built in 23 A.D. as the entrance to the ancient Roman Forum and the cathedral, with a wonderful Romanesque façade and mosaic dating back to the 13the century . Inside, there are some works by Pinturicchio, Filippo Lippi and other artists. On the border with the Marche Region, but still in the province of Perugia is Norcia where Saint Benedict, the first Christian monk, was born and today, Italy’s sausage capitaThe town of Todi  is built on the side of a hill and its Piazza del Popolo is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Italy.  The town of Gubbio is also linked to the fame of Saint Francis and carries the traces of its ancient past to this day with its Roman Theatre, dating back to the 1st century A.D. located just outside the walls. 

Other Umbrian highlights include Orvieto, on the border of neighbouring Lazio, perched high on a rocky tufa outcrop , and inhabited since Etruscan times. Tufa is the material with which the buildings were constructed, in which the roads, the necropolis and the entire underground city (now open to visitors) were built. The narrow streets often open onto the characteristic landscape around the town, repeatedly depicted in the great Italian paintings, a landscape that unrolls like a fresco along the pedestrian path that surrounds the town. The fascade of the Orvieto doumo (cathedral) is one of the most magnificent in Italy.

Trevi, is an ancient town, densely inhabited with a medieval aspect, lies on sharply sloping terrain and commanding one of the best views in Umbria, extending over 50 km in most westerly directions. Trevi is served by the main rail line from Rome to Ancona as well as the line from Florence to Rome via Perugia. 

CIT Recommends:

  • Hotels - Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Spoleto, Trevi
  • Villas & Apartments 
  • Escorted & Boutique Tours :
- Umbria Food & Wine Self Drive 6 days/5 nights from Rome
- Umbria Bella 8 days/7 nights from Foligno – includes guided walks near Bevagna and Spello
- Umbria Appetites 8 days /7 nights from Foligno 
with 4 Cooking classes, truffle hunt and wine, olive oil, cheese and proscuitto tastings
- Umbria Self Guided Walk - Assisi to Spoleto 7 days/6 nights

For more information contact CIT Reservations.