GUIDE TO UMBRIA ITALY

Below is a map of Italy and Umbria illustrating some of the famous places in Umbria, the green heart of Italy.

Umbria is an Italian region bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche. Umbria is called the the green heart of Italy due t its medieval hill-top towns, mountains, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wines. Perugia is the regional capital.

Assisi was the birthplace of St. Francis (1181–1226), one of Italy’s patron saints. The Basilica of St. Francis was consecrated in 1253. Its 13th-century frescoes portraying the life of St. Francis have been attributed to Giotto and Cimabue, among others. Perugia, a University town is the capital of Umbria.

Italian food, from Umbria is simply wonderful and if you are going to visit Italy, place Umbria on your list. If you love truffles and pasta then you will be in heaven. Try the Strangozzi with Tartufata Sauce or a Sausage Sauce topped with Black Truffles, the pigeon, the game, the goose, the beautiful vegatables and the stunningly beautiful wines!!



SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION
Umbria Jazz
: Umbria isn’t the obvious choice for a jazz festival, but three decades after its creation, Umbria Jazz has gained a reputation for unforgettable live performances by the world’s best musicians.

Gubbio Cableway: The best six minutes in Umbria are spent on a cableway to the top of Monte Ingino. Keep your eyes on the stunning scenery and avoid looking down.

Basilica di San Francesco: The enormous frescoes Giotto painted along the walls of the Basilica di San Francesco are a visual testament to the Saint’s life and more enlightening than any biography.
Santa Maria degli Angeli: The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels) is a church situated in the plain at the foot of the hill of Assisi, Italy, in the frazione of Santa Maria degli Angeli. The basilica was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 enclosing the 9th century little church, the Porziuncola, the most sacred place for the Franciscans. It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement.

Bevagna: Most people don’t make it to this charming village, but it is well worth the trip, especially during Il Mercato delle Gaite, when the town undergoes a dramatic transformation to recreate the spirit of the Middle Ages.

Orvieto Underground: There’s just as much to see below the surface of Orvieto as there is above. Take an underground tour of hidden caves, passageways, and cisterns.

Cascate delle Marmore: Created by the Romans in 271 BC to prevent flooding, at 165 meters Cascate delle Marmore is the tallest artificial waterfall in Europe.

Castelluccio di Norcia: In the town of Castelluccio di Norcia, you can experience the beauty of the Monti Sibillini mountains from above and simply wonderful food Italian food from Umbria.