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Umbria

Umbria

 
 
Umbria may be one of Italy's smaller regions but serves to accommodate some of the finest art and architecture in the country and is famous for its intriguing villages and medieval hill-perched towns, like Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Gubbio, Perugia, Trevi, Spello, Assisi, which are said to be one of the most impressive in the country
 
Area: 8,456 sq Km

Inhabitants: 820,000

Land:
71% hills, 26% mountains, 3% plain. The Umbria region is situated in the centre of Italy and is the only region there with no coastline. Often called the "Green Heart of Italy", Umbria is a beautiful, unspoiled, countryside area of rolling forested hills, vast grassy meadows covered with flowers, large olive grove plantations, and several lakes and deep valleys. The landscape is dotted with many picturesque medieval villages, and the people of the area are known for their distinctive cuisine, friendliness and hospitality. This wonderful, tranquil region offers visitors a gorgeous, clean, natural environment, as well as medieval art and architecture, and many sites of historical interest in the countryside

Provinces/County Capital Towns: Perugia ( about 150,000 inhabitants) and Terni ( about 110,000 inhabitants)

Distances from Rome: Todi 120 Km, Perugia 160 Km, Orvieto 100 Km

Key Tourist Areas: Todi, Perugia, Lake Trasimeno, The Tiber Valley , Gubbio, Assisi, Orvieto, Spoleto

Places of Interest: Assisi: Basilica of St Francis - the burial place of the aforementioned saint who received the 'stigmata'; the hermitage of St Francis; St Clare's Church; the Minerva Temple. Orvieto: the Duomo, which has am impressive fašade; the numerous churches and "Palazzi" in the center. Perugia: the National Gallery of Umbria, containing pieces by Duccio, Fra'Angelico, Perugino and Piero della Francesca; numerous churches and monuments

Must Sees: Giotto and Simone Martini's frescoes in the Basilica of San Francesco. The Orvieto Duomo, whose facade equals those in Milan and Siena. Gubbio, a small medieval hill town almost untainted by commercialism
 
Transportation
By car: (from the North) the highway A1 MILAN-NEAPLES takes you up to VALDICHIANA or to ORTE (from the South). From there you can take the motorway E45 that crosses the whole region Umbria

By airplane: we recommend S.Egidio airport in Perugia or Leonardo Da Vinci in Fiumicino - Rome

By train: trains from Rome Central Station "Termini" heading to ANCONA or FOLIGNO. Get off in TERNI where you can take the train heading to PERUGIA

Trains from Florence Central Station "Santa Maria Novella" heading to FOLIGNO. Get off in PERUGIA or PERUGIA - PONTE SAN GIOVANNI where you can take the train heading to TERNI
 
    Famous for:
Cuoco Perugia chocolate ("Baci Perugina"), jazz festivals, cuisine (simple genuine cuisine based on truffles, porcini mushrooms, asparagus, cicory, hand-made pasta, roast game), wines (Umbria produces Italian wines of excellent quality non only thanks to a natural predisposition of its lands but also thanks to the handicraft it has in the cultivation of vineyards and wine harvest acquired along the times by its producers. Among the best Italian red wines we surely find: the Rosso of Torgiano, the Rosso of Montefalco and the Rosso of the Colli Amerino. Moreover, we should mention the Sagrantino of Montefalco that is without any doubt a protagonist of the not only Italian but worldwide gastronomic and wine scene. Despite they are less famous, the Umbrian white wines are also excellent; we should mention: the Grechetto, the Orvieto Classico and the Bianco of the Colli Amerini and of the Colli del Trasimeno).

matrimonio made in Italy Olive oil (The Umbrian hills, specially in the area of Assisi, Trevi, Campello and Spoleto, are perfect land for cultivation of olive oil . The rich and at the same time light taste are the guarantee of a level of quality very elevated certified by the denominations D.O.P. - D.O.C. - D.O.C.G. that the largest majority of the producers of the region has earned. In the last ten years, biological cultivation techniques have spread over the fertile land of producers caring for the saving of the environment and for the quality of products such as the Umbrian ones); ceramics (handicraft of ceramics in Umbria has antique roots testified by the discovering of works of great value dating back to the pre-roman era. The big treasure represented by the knowledge, the techniques of handicraft and the experience associated to a taste and a style developed along the centuries make of the Umbrian ceramics and potteries true and proper masterpieces in this area. Moreover, the common vocation of the region has matured symbols, use of colours and geometric shapes of the decorations that are different from an area to another, so that the productions of Deruta, Gubbio, Orvieto, like also the productions of Gualdo Tadino and Assisi maintain their identity), Art and architecture (Etruscan, Roman and Medieval pieces of art and architecture).
   
Festivals Festivals:
1st Sunday in May, Gubbio, 'Corsa dei Ceri'
3 teams race on wooden stretchers through the town carrying three 20feet high 'ceri', representing 3 patron saints
June, Spoleto - 2 months of theatre, concerts and entertainment.
July, Perugia - Umbria Jazz Festival.
3rd and 4th weekend of October, Perugia, 'Eurochocolate'
End of December, Orvieto, Umbria Jazz Festival
Foligno: The Tournament of the Quintana. Bevagna: the Market of Medieval Booths
   
  Theatres
Montecastello di Vibio: The Concordia Theatre, famous as the smallest theatre in the world, was built between the last years of 1700 and the first of 1800;
Perugia: The Morlacchi Theatre, built on an old convent from 1777
Narni: The Town Theatre is one of the rarest examples of baroque theatres built inside an old "palazzo"
   
Gestione immobiliare Weather:
Can reach average lows of 3 degrees and highs of, on average, 30 degrees

Best times to Visit:
Like the rest of Italy, Spring and Autumn are best
 
Scenes from the land of Art and Nature
....where the landscape is perfectly suited to human needs, displaying the right balance between cultivated land and old buildings
  From Village to Village along back roads

Following winding back roads among the swelling undulating hills you will rejoice in the vision of handsome estates and gardens, Medieval hill-top villages and rows of vineyards and silvery olive trees
     
  Small is beautiful

Nothing here is out of place, everything is small, quiet and perfect, thanks to the rigour purity and perfection of the architectural shapes
     
  The pleasure of hospitality

Immersed in green woods, framed by thick wild vegetation, surrounded by Romanesque and Medieval abbeys and churches, all villas, apartments, country houses are the ideal place where you can spend relaxing holidays and unforgettable days
     
  The Land of Inspiration

The harmony of the landscape was, is and will be always the perfect Muse for all artists, who chose and will choose Umbria as their place to live and create their masterpieces
     
  The Thousand and One Notes

The rhythm of jazz blends perfectly with the harmonious notes of classical music forming a magic scent that spreads through the narrow streets of ancient villages: Umbria Jazz, TodiArte Festival, Il Festival dei Due Mondi, La Giostra della Quintana, La Corsa dei Ceri, medieval parades, famers' festivals, art exhibitions
 
 
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