Umbria is known as the Green Heart of Italy for its central location along the Italian peninsula and the color that dominates its beautiful landscape, with its gentle hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and dotted with medieval villages rich in great treasures.
A holiday in Umbria means above all being enveloped by its mystical and religious atmosphere, which remains in the famous towns such as Assisi, Norcia, Cascia but also in many shrines, monasteries, abbeys and cathedrals, to be discovered hidden in the woods or in less accessible but equally suggestive places.
Umbria is considered an open-air museum, where the artistic and cultural heritage of the past centuries blends with the beauty of the natural environment. Every village embodies the splendor of unique treasures (paintings, monuments, archaeological sites, churches) as well as many interesting museums where unique works of art are well preserved.
For those who love nature, Umbria offers countless opportunities to spend an active holiday in the green and “en plein air”; the many paths through the hills, forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls (including the highest in Italy, the Marmore Waterfalls) enable many outdoor sports (cycling, hiking, rafting, bird watching, canoeing, etc.).
For those who love good food, Umbria offers the best of food and wines, from the DOC wines (such as Sagrantino) to the many cheeses, from the extra virgin olive oil, one of the best in Italy, to the meat and lake fish dishes, from homemade pasta dishes, to the many delicious and genuine desserts, all produced still following the recipes of the culinary tradition.
Each area offers unique Umbrian food and wines, all to be discovered along the many Routes of the Taste and the Wine Routes. A popular tradition cuisine combining the products of a generous land with the creativity and imagination of chefs and cooks fans, to give life to many specialties such as the famous pork products, norcineria where pork is the undisputed star or basic dishes with truffles from Norcia, so rich in the forests of this region.
Another art where the Umbrian stand out for their creativity is the craft, where the ceramics (Deruta, Gubbio, Orvieto and Gualdo Tadino) retains its salient features, in the shops and in the factories. Styles and colors hidden origins and different stories, but all equally fascinating.
Even the textile processes are still practiced today in many workshops scattered throughout the country: from the weaving of Perugia with the typical Grifo embroidery, a symbol of the city or of the Renaissance geometric patterns; Città di Castello or Montefalco with finely crafted hand-woven products; embroidery on tulle of Panicale, and the fabric, with the typical Punto Assisi that the Clarisse of Assisi already practiced in the thirteenth century and lace making in Orvieto.
Even the goldsmith’s art, of Etruscan origin, is practiced successfully in Perugia, Torgiano, Spoleto, Orvieto and Terni as well as woodworking, of which the olive wood finds its ultimate expression. Being a land so tied to its varied and ancient history and traditions, Umbria is rich in many cultural events, fairs and festivals with pageants, parades in costume, medieval games (such as the Ring Race in Narni or the Giostra della Quintana in Foligno) and with specialties of ancient and modern cuisine (like the famous Eurococholate in Perugia).
Not only the great Umbrian towns such as Perugia or Assisi attract yearly many tourists from all over the world, but also all the other smaller towns encapsulate many good reasons to elect this land as a place to spend relaxing holiday, full of culture and good quality food.