Situated southeast of Tuscany and north of Lazio, Umbria is the only landlocked region in Italy that doesn’t share a border with another country. As such, Umbria has managed to stay off the typical tourist itinerary, attracting the kind of visitors looking for the more traditional Italy of decades past.
Umbria’s rolling vineyards, olive groves, and medieval hill towns call to mind the landscape of Tuscany, but without the world-famous towns (and crowds) of Siena or Florence. If you’re willing to venture into quiet Umbria, its lush beauty, welcoming locals, and authentic atmosphere will convince you that this region won’t remain under the radar for long.
Home to St. Francis’s birthplace, Assisi, the region’s charming capital, Perugia, dozens of preserved hilltop villages, and vast expanses of unspoiled nature, including seven regional parks and one national park, Umbria offers more to do within its humble borders than could fit in a week or two. So do as the Umbrians do: take your time, enjoy the region’s spectacular food and wine, and allow yourself to fall in love with “the green heart of Italy.”
“Set aside an afternoon for shopping in the quaint village of Montefalco. Their local artisan-produced textiles are famous for their quality and adherence to tradition, and authentic Montefalco fabric, tablecloths, or curtains are a perfect souvenir. ” ―Saffo, Managing Director, Italy Division
“If you’re a wine lover, make sure to visit the wineries near Montefalco along la Strada del Sagrantino. We suggest that you stop for a tasting at the Caprai and Lungarotti wineries.
And if you’re a music lover, keep in mind two major music events held in the summer. The beautiful town of Perugia hosts a jazz festival every July that attracts artists from all over the world. And in nearby Spoleto, The Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of the Two Worlds), a music, opera, and dance festival, is held annually in June and July.” ―Margherita, Managing Director, Italy Division