Authors: Virginia Saltalamacchia, Giulia Buratta
Umbria is called “the Green Heart of Italy, a region in central Italy; it’s not very big compared to other regions of our peninsula, but boasts very beautiful places where you can totally relax and be in contact with nature.
Umbria has many places to visit including the Marmore waterfalls in Valnerina. In the North of Umbria there is Gubbio, where you can find Romanesque churches, the most important being the Duomo. Travelling south you can find another city, Spoleto, a city rich in history with historic squares, the Albornoz fortress and a cathedral. Above Spoleto, there is Foligno where the Quintana takes place, one of the largest and most important historical jousting tournaments in Italy.
We continue our trip, heading to the village of Narni where the Race for the Ring takes place, an ancient race between the knights of the different districts. Near Narni there is Amelia, a small town with many remains of the Roman civilization including the city walls. Continuing on we find Terni, the city of lovers. Then, there is Deruta famous for its artistic ceramics. Moving to the west you can find Orvieto which has many masterpieces of Gothic architecture, the most important being the cathedral. Perugia is a city famous for its typical chocolate called “Baci Perugina”.
There are many protected natural areas as well. In Alviano there is an important oasis of the WWF. Passignano is a city crossed by the largest lake in central Italy, Lake Trasimeno, where you can see a historic race called “Palio of the boats”. There are also religious destinations like Assisi, known as the city of Saint Francis, where you can find the basilica dedicated to him. Finally, in Spello, the “Corpus Domini” takes place and the city is transformed into a huge carpet of flowers.
In addition to being a region immersed in nature, there are many festivals and typical products, such as truffles, and typical dishes such as “gnocchi al sugo di lepre” (dumpling with hare sauce) and “faraona alla leccarda”(guinea fowl in the drip pan)
You can also taste many wines such as Montefalco and Sagrantino.
Come and HAVE FUN IN UMBRIA WITHOUT ANY STRESS!