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Umbria Travel Guide

Where is Umbria Located?

Umbria lies in Central Italy, and borders Lazio, Tuscany, and Marche

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.

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