Umbria Travel Guide
Where is Umbria Located?
What to see in Umbria?
- Orvieto: a beautiful town perched on a tufa rock, housing one of Italy’s most awe-inspiring gothic cathedrals:
- Lake Trasimeno: a charming lake flanked by picturesque towns.
- Perugia: the chief town of the region and birthplace of famous painter Perugino, rich in medieval and renaissance monuments.
- Assisi: housing the wonderful St. Francis basilica with medieval frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue.
- Gubbio and Spello: two of Italy’s most beautiful medieval towns.
- Spoleto: the picture-perfect town hosting the Due Mondi festival, one of Italy’s most famous cultural events.
- Cascata delle Marmore: one of Italy’s largest cascades.
- Castelluccio plain: famous for lentils and flowers that give life to a dazzling patchwork of colors when blooming.
What are the typical dishes of Umbria?
Black truffle is a must in Umbria: locals shave it onto strangozzi (fresh pasta), poached eggs or meat stew. Charcuterie from Norcia is also highly sought-after: you can match savory Prosciutto di Norcia to torta al testo (thick flatbread from Perugia). Free-range Cinturello Orvietano pork ribs or sausages shouldn’t be missed either.
Lentils and Roveja, an indigenous variety of peas, make for outstanding soups, perhaps with a drop of local extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of dried herbs. As for the sweets, a slice of crescionda (chocolate pie from Spoleto) is the perfect way to end the meal.