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This guide dedicated to UMBRIA was written to provide travellers  with as much information as possible about one of the most beautiful regions to help those organizing a stay in this historical Italian area.

This guide will discuss the history of the main towns of the region as well as the other spots that really shouldn´t be missed. We will also deal with the food and outstanding cultural events of a land that is a real paradise to explore, boasting cultural and historical places of interest and undeniably beautiful scenery.

Perhaps Umbria has been overshadowed, in a way, by the nearby and much more famous Tuscany. Having been the protagonist in innumerable best sellers and the recording location for many famous films has promoted it as a tourist destination. All the same, Umbria is gradually attracting more and more visitors who immediately fall in love with the deservedly named “green heart of Italy”.

The proximity of the Apennines, its height and weather are factors which have made Umbria´s scemeru so magical and serene throughout practically the whole year.
The region´s geography is characterized by its mountainous and hills with plains only covering a total surface area of  6% throughout Umbria.The varied morphology of its scenery is its main feature which in travellers´eyes is  “perfect imperfection”


The name Umbria derives from Umbri which was the name of the first tribe that settled in the region in the 6th century BC. The Etruscans were the great enemies of the Umbri and invaded the region between the 8th and 6th century BC. After the Etruscans’ fall, Umbria did not succeed in preventing the Roman invasion.

After the Roman victory a period of integration started.The construction of the Via Flaminia turned into the main means of communication and the development of Roman Umbria demonstrates this. When the Roman Empire fell, the Ostrogoths and Byzantines fought for control of the region. The Lombards founded the Dukedom of Spoleto that lies over most of what is Umbria today. When Charlemagne’s army conquered most Lombard kingdoms, some Umbrian territories were given to the Pope, who established his temporal power over some of them.

After the French revolution Umbria became part of the Roman Republic (1789-1799) and of the Napoleonic Empire (1809-1814) and in 1860 Umbria was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy. The current borders of Umbria were established in 1927 after the creation of the province of Terni and the exclusion of the province of Rieti which became part of the region of Lacio.Nowadays there are still many traces in the Umbrian towns of the region´s long, interesting history. Walking along the narrow streets in many of its towns, it is easy to travel in time and return to a feeling of calm and a slowr pace which modern life does not seem to allow for.


Those who enjoy walking won´t mind the steep roads in towns such a  Spoleto, Gubbio, Todi or Perugia, but less active-types will be pleased to know that many of these towns actually have moving walkways and elevators to make the ascent easier. Organizing a trip to Umbria is easy from a logistic point of view as there are many transport options, ranging from flights that arrive in Perugia or neighbouring Tuscan towns ( such as Florence or Pisa), or even which come into Rome, only 130 km from the beautiful Orvieto, for instance. It is difficult to narrow down the must-see sights in Umbria as there are somany little towns and singular villages that deserve a visit.

Those visiting Umbria for the first time should include Perugia, Foligno, Gubbio, Assisi, Montefalco, Spello, Città di Castello, Spoleto, Terni, Todi, Trevi and the marvellous Lake Trasimeno on their itineraries.

As well as its fascinating history and beauty at a cultural level, among other events, the Umbria Jazz Festival needs to be highlighted. After more than 36 years it goes on gathering leading figures that fill with music the streets of Perugia for 10 days in July. The winter version of the festival is celebrated in Orvieto.

The excellent gastronomy of the region also deserves attention. And we will highlight that its signature dish is no doubt the well-liked truffle. All in all Umbria has whatever you could want to turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.

We also suggest you visit Divino Italy a great site with a huge selection of Accommodation including apartments, hotels and Villas in Italy with a special section dedicated to Villas for rent in Umbria.

 We hope this guide is helpful to travellers planning a trip to this beautiful region and would appreciate any feedback you wish to share.