In the heart of Italy, Umbria is a beautiful region yet to be discovered. Located halfway between Rome and Florence , the region has always been famous for the story of his saints, but Umbria offer much more attractions . Outside the grand tour of classical tourism, the innumerable medieval Umbrian towns still offer a genuine spirit of Italian culture. Do not miss the story of Assisi with St. Francis and St. Clair; Perugia, the capital of the region and numerous small well-preserved medieval and Etruscan towns such as Orvieto,Todi, Spello, Gubbio, Trevi, Spoleto, Foligno, Deruta and Bevagna.
The visit to the Medieval hilltown of Assisi is essential for your Umbria tour; it is UNESCO World Heritage Site, where art and spirituality are perfectly blended. from the fortress "la rocca" that dominate the town to the Basilicas of St. Francis that contain the Saint of Italy tomb to the churchs of St Clair and St Rufino rich of masterpieces, from the ancient temple and roman ruins to the hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri), on Mt. Subasio where St. Francis used to retreat in prayer in a grotto.
Perugia is the capital of Umbria, its origin dates back to etruscan and Roman age, "Palazzo dei Priori", the Cathedral and the "Fontana Maggiore" projected in 1277 by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano are the main sights to visit. Perugia is also one of the most important cultural centre of Italy, with two universities and internationally-influential expos.
Discover the Estruscan town of Orvieto, located on the way between Rome and Florence. The town of Orvieto was built on volcanic rock, with its people living on top of this high plateau where cavities can be found over 3000 years old. In the city center, you will visit the Duomo, the masterpiece created in the early 1330's by Lorenzo Maitani and the "St Patrick Well".
For lovers of good food and wine Umbria offers grate tastes. A stop in the area of Norcia famous for its salami, truffles and lentils and in the vineyards of the wine trail between Montefalco and Torgiano to enjoy a good bottle of Sagrantino is a must. Enjoy one of the Road to Italy Umbria wine tours at Cantine Lungarotti Torgiano or Cantine Arnaldo Caprai in Montefalco.
Also Umbria olive oil production is very important and appreciated, its high quality is awarded with the Protected Designation of Origin mark (PDO).
Enjoy the Umbria olive oil culture visiting one of theoil presses on the Olive Oil Route between the towns of Spello, Foligno and the olive oil museum in Torgiano.
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