The scenery of Umbria is as unforgettable and beautiful as its cities
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The scenery of Umbria is as unforgettable and beautiful as its cities. From the ghostly expanses of Piano Grande and the mountain splendor of Monti Sibillini National Park, to the softer landscape of Valnerina and the shores of Lake Trasimeno.
Monti Sibillini, which lies in eastern Umbria, offers some of the most unspoilt and beautiful landscape in the entire region. The mountains are part of a 40 kilometer long chain, known as the Apennines, which run all the way down the Italian peninsula.
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It’s not just the nature that is beautiful in Umbria.
Some of the prettiest towns in Umbria, Assisi and Spoleto, are the most convenient and charming starting points if you want to explore the green region.
Both of these medieval gems are places you absolutely MUST see, as is the ancient city center of the region’s capital, Perugia, as well as the adventurous mountain towns of Gubbio, Spello, Montefalco and Todi.
Assisi suffered major damage after a massive earthquake back in September of 1997, but the restoration progressed relatively quickly, and after just two years they had finished rebuilding.
Assisi is also a beautiful medieval town with streets that are full of geraniums, also offering wonderful views and town squares with running fountains.
The first inhabitants of Orvieto
The Etruscans were the first to settle Orvieto, as far as history tells us, when they came and settled here in the 9th century BCE. In the 3rd century BCE it was the Romans that called Orvieto home, all the way up until the fall of the empire.
Development continued in the city that was faithful to the Pope, and during the Middle Ages the city’s splendor reached its peak.
The Duomo di Orvieto, the city’s cathedral, dates back to 1290 and is without question the city’s most obvious attraction and feature.
When it comes to Italian architecture much of it is impressive, and the buildings and sights in Orvieto are no different. Here you will find a magnificent Gothic mosaic facade, and the highlights of the church is the wonderful canopy adorning the masterwork.
Speaking of buildings, we would also like to mention Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo del Popolo, and Torre del Moro, which are all magnificent buildings worth a visit. You will also have the opportunity to explore an archaeological museum, an opera museum, and even a museum of modern art. You won’t be bored in Orvieto!
It is also possible to go on an adventure beneath the city itself on an underground tour. It is one of the things that makes the city so special and exciting, as it feels as though it is held in the air when you walk underneath it.
You’ll go on a guided underground tour of the many winding nooks and mazes that run beneath the city. This is a very different way to enjoy the interesting history of the city up close, from the Etruscans and all the way up to modern day Orvieto, which is just above us.
Things start to happen when spring is in full bloom in Italy. (Typically a few weeks earlier than when spring hits in Scandinavia).
This is an excellent opportunity to realize why the Italians have nicknamed Umbria the “Green Heart of Italy”.
Spello hosts a flower festival called Infiorata, which takes place every year on the 9th Sunday after Easter in the Umbrian town. Since Easter can take place in either March or April the festival is either held in May or June.
Each year the streets of the medieval town are transformed into a huge parade of flowers, forming a huge carpet up to 1½ kilometers long.
The streets of the historic center are decorated with religious art that is also made of flowers. Because of this fact the city has been awarded the title, Capitale dei fiori – The Capital of Flowers.
La notte dei fiori is also a huge event and once again the theme is of course all about flowers. Besides the flowers you will also find joyful celebration, music and happy days in Spello. Simply wonderful!
Infiorata Spello provides a lot of useful information on their website about the different events that are happening in the town. You can read more about them here.
It is also a must to mention that you should stop by Via Giulia, where you can enjoy a great overview of the beautiful area and the entire city.
Umbria truly is the green heart of Italy!
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Lake Trasimeno in the northern part of Umbria is located in the province of Perugia, and is just 20 kilometers away from Perugia, close to the border with Tuscany.
The lake is far less crowded with tourists than the lakes mentioned in the northern part of Italy, but that doesn’t mean they are any worse. July and August are of course the busiest months at the lake, but you can already visit in April or May as the temperatures already are warm enough for a dip or swim.
The streets of Assisi are as if taken from a painting, with small fountains and majestic vistas. The city certainly bears the legacy of Saint Francis with an enormous amount of class.
The city is medieval, with treasures and gold of such a great value that you will never finish exploring here. If you have not experienced enough magic for one day, you will get even more once the evening mood settles in town, and especially on Piazza del Comune.
Perugia is located in the northern part of Umbria, close to the border with Tuscany and close to the popular Lake Trasimeno.
The center of Perugia is entirely concentrated around Piazza IV Novembre. The city center gathers around Corso Vannucci, which is named after Pietro Vannucci, a local painter.