Umbria

Land of history, art, nature, religion, and flavors

Umbria is a reality suspended between the richness of its history, the depth of its culture, and the majesty of its nature 

Umbria, handbook for travellers

A region focused on sustainability and the environment

Located in the heart of Italy, between Tuscany, Marche, and Lazio, it is the only region on the peninsula without a coastline.
Also known as the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria is a destination that provides a variety of experiences for visitors.

Etruscan arch, Perugia

The Umbrian territory is a fascinating mosaic of cities, medieval villages, castles, and archaeological sites, inhabited since ancient times by the Umbrians and Etruscans, later becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire. Cities such as Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Gubbio, Orvieto, and Todi preserve an artistic and cultural heritage of immeasurable value. From the Etruscan sites of Orvieto and Perugia to the Roman remains of Gubbio and Spoleto, every stone tells a millennia-old story.

The region’s landscape is remarkable – a complex orographic system progressively rising to over 2400 meters – a succession of hilly areas, centuries-old wooded areas, fertile valleys, and rivers, with Lake Trasimeno, Lake Piediluco, and the artificial basin of Corbara. Many streams and numerous rivers, such as the Tiber and Nera, flow through the region, as well as the Marmore Falls, the highest in Europe.

Umbria is a region very attentive to sustainability and the environment. With 70% of its territory covered by forests, it offers visitors numerous opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, and birdwatching: an ideal destination for sustainable tourism, thanks to a network of agritourisms, bed and breakfasts, and eco-friendly accommodation facilities.

Tourist destinations

Some of the main attractions and destinations that make this region so fascinating

Perugia

The capital of Umbria is a city rich in history and culture. Must-visit sites include Piazza IV Novembre, the Fontana Maggiore, the National Gallery of Umbria, and the University of Perugia

Assisi

The hometown of Saint Francis and Saint Clare is an important religious and cultural center. Don't miss the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Sacred Convent, and the Piazza del Comune

Gubbio

The "grey" city is a medieval village perched on a hill with a breathtaking panoramic view. Don't miss the Piazza Grande, the Palazzo dei Consoli, and the San Mariano Cathedral

Spoleto

The Umbrian city is rich in monuments and works of art, and hosts a famous artistic festival that attracts artists from all over the world. Worth visiting are the Bridge of the Towers, the Albornoz Fortress, and the Roman Theater

Todi

The Umbrian city is characterized by a suggestive atmosphere and a valuable artistic and cultural heritage. To visit are Piazza del Popolo, the Cathedral of San Fortunato, and the Palazzo dei Priori

Orvieto

Located on a tuff rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque cathedral. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the historic well of San Patrizio

Naturalistic destinations

Exploring nature in Umbria offers a unique experience, combining the beauty of the landscape with the rich historical and cultural richness of the region

cascate delle marmore

Whether you are a passionate hiker, a nature lover, or simply looking to enjoy the tranquility of a place, Umbria has a lot to offer those seeking an authentic contact with nature.

The Monti Sibillini National Park

One of Umbria's natural treasures is the Monti Sibillini National Park. This park, which also extends into neighboring regions, is famous for its mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and diverse flora and fauna. Monte Vettore is the highest peak in the chain and offers spectacular views

The Marmore Waterfall

The Marmore Waterfall, located near Terni, is the highest waterfall in Europe. The surrounding area is ideal for hiking and outdoor activities. Guided tours and outdoor activities are available. Access to the area is subject to a fee and opening hours vary depending on the season

The Trasimeno Lake

The Trasimeno Lake is the largest lake in central Italy and offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. Its shores are dotted with scenic villages and provide numerous opportunities for water activities, hiking, and cycling along panoramic bike paths.

Fonti del Clitunno

A few kilometers from Foligno there is a green oasis to be admired throughout the year in all its seasonal versions. The complex also includes the Tempietto del Clitunno, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Castelluccio di Norcia

An plateau of unique natural beauty, a destination for photography enthusiasts and sports such as paragliding or hang gliding. There are numerous floral species: daffodils, poppies, violets, clovers...

Valnerina

The Valnerina is a charming valley crossed by the Nera river. Characterized by canyons, waterfalls, and enchanting medieval villages, this region is perfect for hiking, rafting, and immersing oneself in the history and Umbrian culture

Regional Park of Mount Cucco

This park, located on the border between Umbria and Marche, is renowned for its caves and spectacular karst geology. It offers numerous hiking trails and paths for nature lovers. Monte Cucco is also famous for its free flight activities, such as paragliding

Monteluco Forest

Located near Spoleto, Monteluco Forest is a natural reserve filled with flora and fauna. Its ancient centuries-old oaks create a suggestive environment, ideal for relaxing walks and birdwatching

Monte Subasio

The mountain is known for its beautiful landscape and for being the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi, who used to retreat there to pray. Monte Subasio is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, history buffs, and anyone looking to explore the Italian countryside
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Spiritual Destinations

Umbria is an important center for religious tourism. In addition to places of worship, the region offers spiritual paths and trails that attract pilgrims from all over the world

Giotto - Legend of St Francis

The journey through religious tourism in Umbria allows visitors to explore the deep connection between faith and the cultural heritage of the region. This land played a significant role in the spread of Christianity and was the home of numerous saints and mystics, such as St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.

One of the main attractions is the city of Assisi, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, the evocative complex of the Basilica of St. Francis hosts the famous frescoes by Giotto, which narrate the life of the saint and offer an extraordinary fusion of art and devotion. Other places of interest include the Sanctuary of Rivotorto, where St. Francis and his early followers began their life of poverty, and the Porziuncola, a small chapel inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, which is one of the most sacred places for Franciscans.

In addition to Assisi, Umbria boasts numerous other spiritual centers.

Cascia

The place of devotion for the devotees of Saint Rita of Cascia, patroness of impossible causes. The Sanctuary, with the tomb of the Saint, welcomes pilgrims from all over the world in search of spiritual comfort and inspiration

Norcia

Note for being the birthplace of Saint Benedict, founder of the Benedictine order. The Monastery of Saint Benedict is an important center of spirituality and reflection, immersed in the tranquility of the Umbrian mountains

Orvieto

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta's Chapel of the Corporal houses the Miracle of the Eucharist, a venerated event that has been cherished for centuries. The Gothic art and magnificent stained-glass windows help create a unique atmosphere of devotion

The pilgrimage in Italy

The most visited destinations and sanctuaries by pilgrims in Italy” – This is a title and a link to an article on the website argiletumtour.com, which provides information related to pilgrimage in Italy.

Art and Architecture

Art in Umbria has deep roots in religious and medieval traditions

Orvieto

Umbrian artists have significantly contributed to the Italian artistic panorama with prominent figures like Giotto, Cimabue, Perugino, and Pinturicchio. The churches and museums of Umbria preserve many priceless pieces of art, including frescoes, paintings, and sculptures.

The region’s architecture is an enchanting mix of styles that have evolved over centuries. Well-preserved medieval villages, Gothic cathedrals, and Renaissance works testify to the region’s rich architectural heritage. One of the most famous examples is the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a pilgrimage site. Orvieto is known for its cathedral, an extraordinary example of Italian Gothic architecture.

Umbria also has a rich archaeological heritage, with numerous sites showing evidence of the ancient Etruscans, a pre-Roman population that left a lasting imprint on the region. From Renaissance masterpieces to ancient ruins, Umbria offers a fascinating journey through historical epochs, capturing the attention of those who love to explore the beauty and history of Italy.

The Etruscans in Umbria

The Etruscans were an ancient pre-Roman people who mainly inhabited the area corresponding to Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. During the Iron Age (around the 10th to 6th centuries BC), the Etruscans established an advanced society characterized by city-states, a complex political system, distinctive art, and remarkable skill in maritime trade.
In Umbria, the Etruscans had a significant presence, contributing to the development of architecture, art, and culture in these areas. Some of the major Etruscan cities include Perugia, Orvieto, and Todi, important urban centers that were part of the Etruscan League.

Over time, Etruscan influence declined due to military and political pressure from the Romans. The Roman conquest of Umbria and other Etruscan regions was completed in the 3rd century BC, marking the end of Etruscan independence. However, many of the traditions, artistic techniques, and cultural aspects of the Etruscans continued to influence the subsequent Roman civilization.

Urna etrusca-Perugia, Museo archeologico
Urna etrusca-Perugia, Museo archeologico
  • Day trip to Assisi from Rome by Private Car

    Day Trips from Rome

    A Franciscan experience in the green heart of Umbria, at the discovery of Assisi, city of St. Francis

    Assisi | Private Driver | 10 hours

    144,00349,00

Umbrian food and wine tradition

The region boasts a rich culinary tradition featuring genuine dishes, authentic flavors, and fresh, high-quality local products

truffles

Important elements include extra virgin olive oil, particularly from the Trevi and Spoleto areas and the hilly areas surrounding Lake Trasimeno, truffles, a highly prized subterranean fungus found in various varieties in Umbria, prosciutto di Norcia, a high-quality cured ham produced from free-range pigs, pecorino di Norcia, a hard cheese made from sheep’s milk, legumes such as lentils from Castelluccio, Sagrantino di Montefalco, a dry red wine, turroni di Gubbio, a soft nougat made with almonds, hazelnuts, and honey.

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Other typical products and dishes enrich the gastronomic panorama, offering a true symphony of flavors: unsalted bread, various focaccias like torta al testo from Perugia or “pizza sotto lu focu” from Terni, gnocchi with hare sauce, Umbrian ravioli, pici, tagliatelle, faraona alla leccarda, pappardelle al cinghiale.
For desserts, there are ciaramicola, tozzetti, torcolo di S. Costanzo, castagnole, rocciata, frappe, pampepato ternano, maccheroni dolci, cicerchiata, and amaretti.

Curiosities in Umbria

In addition to the most well-known attractions, several curious and fascinating things are worth exploring in this region

The "Flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia"

Every year between late May and early July, a phenomenon occurs that attracts numerous visitors from all over the world. Fields transform into a colorful sea of wildflowers, including poppies, daisies, cornflowers, violets, narcissi, clovers, lentils, and other varieties. The color palette ranges from intense red to blue, creating an incredible spectacle

The smallest Italian-style theater in the world

A small architectural gem can be found in Montecastello di Vibio, a few kilometers from Todi. It’s called the Teatro della Concordia and was inaugurated in 1808. What makes it unique is its size, as the theater measures 68 square meters. There are 99 seats, with 37 seats in the stalls and 62 in the gallery

Narni Underground and the Inquisition

The Narni Hypogeum site was uncovered in 1979, a true treasure dating back to the Inquisition. It consists of an underground church, a small cell, and the torture chamber. Guided tours are available with the assistance of technology for a journey through history

Perugia, the home of the Chocolate Festival

Perugia hosts the famous chocolate festival, “Eurochocolate”. During this event, the city is filled with chocolate enthusiasts from all over the world

The Blessing of the Animals

In Gubbio, during the celebration of Saint Francis (patron saint of animals), there is a unique tradition where domestic animals are taken to church to be blessed

The Forest of the Friars in Monteluco

Near Spoleto, the Bosco dei Frati is a fascinating and mystical place where hermits and monks used to retreat for prayer and meditation. Today, it is possible to go on excursions to explore this enchanting place

Castelluccio flowering

Tours and pilgrimages in Italy

  • Pilgrimage from Rome to Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo

    Holidays in Rome

    By Private car and driver for 2 days to San Giovanni Rotondo

    Lanciano - San Giovanni Rotondo | Private car/driver | 2 days

    473,00965,00
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel small groups

    City Tours

    Art and Spirituality: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Square Tour - Small group max. 10 persone

    Vatican | Small Groups | pick-up | 3,30 ore

    178,00
  • vaticano rome italy

    Day trip to San Giovanni Rotondo

    Day Trips from Rome

    Day trip to San Giovanni Rotondo from Rome, home of the Shrine of Padre Pio. Travel by high-speed train and private taxi!

    San Giovanni Rotondo | Guided Tour | High-Speed | 1 day

    245,00435,00
  • Tour to San Giovanni Rotondo

    Holidays in Rome

    Tour to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio, by high speed train and transfers by car

    San Giovanni Rotondo | City center | High-Speed Train | 3 days

  • Tour to Assisi and Orvieto

    Day Trips from Rome

    Tour from Rome visiting Assisi St. Francis city, and the medieval town of Orvieto, the real Italy, far away from large cities

    Assisi Orvieto | Guided Tour | By Bus | 11 hours

    149,00
  • Appian Way Rome

    Ancient Basilicas and the Catacombs of Rome – City Tour

    City Tours

    The Catacombs of Rome along the Appian Way - Basilica of Sta. Maria Maggiore - Basilica of San Giovanni

    Rome | Tour by bus | Expert Guide | 3 hrs.

    50,00
  • Papal Audience Pope Francesco I

    Papal Audience with Pope Francesco

    City Tours

    Every Wednesday morning the possibility to meet Pope Francesco at the Vatican

    Vatican City | Ticket Papal Audience | Expert Guide | 4 hrs.

    35,00
  • Day trip to Assisi from Rome by Private Car

    Day Trips from Rome

    A Franciscan experience in the green heart of Umbria, at the discovery of Assisi, city of St. Francis

    Assisi | Private Driver | 10 hours

    144,00349,00

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