Umbria Things to Do

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Umbria Things to Do

  • Trasimeno Lake

    Trasimeno is the biggest non-Alpine lake in Italy. The first three in terms of size are: Garda, Maggiore and Como. In comparison to these three, Trasimeno is shallow, with its average depth of about 4 metres. The lake is well-known because of its historical significance. It's here that Hannibal destroyed the Roman legions in 217 BC. Actually, the...

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  • Some highlights of Perugia

    The heart of the city is Piazza IV Novembre with the Duomo on one side and Palazzo dei Priori on the other. The impressive steps leading to the cathedral seem to be a favourite place for everyone to sit and admire the beautiful Fontana Magiore. This masterpiece of art was created in 1275-1278 by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano ( father and son) in white...

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  • Perugia - general overview

    Perugia lies in the very heart of Italy, perched on a hilltop overlooking the valleys of Umbria. The city is surrounded by walls coming from different periods: Etruscan, Roman and medieval. Being compact, it's easily walkable, although one has to remember that it's a hilly town, so you must be prepared to walk up and down in different places.The...

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  • Spello: Umbria’s flower town & amazing...

    Spello is one of the romantic and cute little hill towns of Umbria. In contrast to to others like Trevi it does not sit on a hill but stretches upwards on the south eastern slope of Monte Subasio, south of Assisi. It is a beautiful town, ideal to spend the day especially from spring to summer because literally almost every house in the centre is...

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  • Tempietto Clitunno – another ancient...

    As already mentioned, in addition to the river Clitunno spring there is a little temple close by. It seems to have built in 4th to 6th century. The historians are not exactly sure about the date, as material was used from older buildings and temples (very much common practice as I found here and there in Umbria). Maybe there was even once a pagan...

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  • Bevagna, the most charming Medieval town

    Situated in Valle Umbra in close proximity to famous Assisi, Bevagna is one of the charming medieval villages of Umbria. Sadly it is overlooked by most of the foreign tourists who visit Assisi and Perugia and maybe Montefalco. But Bevagna really deserves to be visited for many reasons. First there is this exceptional restaurant (I even don’t dare...

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  • Gubbio – a city full of passion

    With its location at the slope of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is a special and marvellous town. It is famous for a most special treasure: the Iguvine Tablets, a set of 7 bronze tables with ancient inscriptions (once it was nine, but the two who have been sent for translation to Venezia got lost). The inscriptions are in Umbrian language, and written in...

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  • Out of this world light scenarios!

    When I think about my many trips to Umbria over the last years in almost any season, this is one of the most permanent impressions why this Italian region caught my heart and soul and makes me want to come back again and again and again. Already during my first visit to Umbria in April 2008 the weather wasn’t “the best”, but then what is best and...

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  • Spoleto

    The only thing I remmbered very well from my previous visit to Spoleto in the 1990's was Ponte delle Tori. This time again it made a big impression on me. This spectacular construction which is 236 metres tall and 76 metres high, consists of a narrow passaage supported by nine tall pylons separating the arches of the bridge. It offers wonderful...

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  • Montefalco

    Montefalco is another Umbrian town perched on a high hill. It overlooks the Spoleto Valley and offers great views in all directions. The first thing you notice around, are green rolling hills covered with olive groves and vineyards. No wonder the region is famous for its olive oil and local wine. We enter the town through Porta San Agostino crowned...

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  • Todi

    Todi is a hill town with medieval character, where you can find a lot of traces of its Etruscan and Roman past. Its location on the hill of 400 metres over the Tiber valley is well explained in a legend. The construction of the town had been already started on the river bank. One day, while the workers were eating their midday meal, an eagle...

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  • The facade of the Orvieto cathedral

    The facade of the Orvieto cathedral is beyond compare. The first thing you notice is the kaleidoscope of colours. The mosaics decorating the facade have a gold background which seems to shine with its own light. The mosaics were designed by Lorenzo Maitani. The facade was started about 1310 but was not completed until the beginning of the 17th...

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  • Orvieto - cathedral

    Orvieto's claim to fame is without doubt its cathedral - considered by many one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy, or even in Europe. You may wonder why such a magnificent building was erected in a modest little place like Orvieto. There are at least two reasons. First, the town was the refuge of five popes in the 13th century....

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  • Orvieto

    The historical centre of Orvieto is perched on a volcanic rock of tufa. The yellowish rocks and defensive walls surrounding the city enhance the impression of the place being inaccessible like a fortress. Actually, nowadays it is easy to reach the centre by funicular (leaving from Orvieto Scalo) which will take you atop. We chose to walk up from...

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  • Little gem church, of the oldest in...

    I found this wonderful church only by accident, when I drove north into Valle Umbra coming from Lago Piediluco and Terni. I left the highway (E45/SS3bis) north of Aquasparta and only 5 minutes later I saw this church at the street so I got off and looked a bit closer. I was amazed to say the least (couldn’t close my mouth to be precise). There was...

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  • Santa Maria Angeli and San Francesco

    I didn’t visit Assisi during my trip through Umbria this time. Somehow I was in a kind of spiritual mode, “light and easy” and slow and hadn’t seen many tourists in Valnerina, at Lago Piediluco, in Bevagna and the parts of Valle Umbra I visited. I planned to visit Assisi though but when I approached it and saw the masses of busses unloading more...

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  • Lago Piedluco – hidden gem of a lake

    This little lake attracted my attention when I saw it on the map. It looked small and no bigger city nearby. So I wanted to see it on my way from San Pietro in Valle to Valle Umbra. What a good decision! It was a bit tricky to get “uphill” to Marmore, as the road lead through the very tiny and narrow streets of Papigno, off SS 209 (the street...

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  • Lago Bolsena, charming and relaxing

    Lago Bolsena is only a 30 minutes drive away from Orvieto (southwest). I didn’t spent much time here (which I regret), but while I was looking for accommodation, I thought I could at least drive to the lake and get an idea if I want to come back. And oh yes, I will definitely come back! Already the little road which winds downhill (exit SS 71 from...

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  • Basilica Di San Francesco

    These "churches" are on par with many museums in the depth of art they contain. Actually 2 churches, with the newer upper Basilica being constructed over the existing, which holds St. Francis' body in the Crypt- this means there are actually 3 levels to explore.I won't go into detail on the wealth of art and frescoes in the Basilica; it is really...

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  • Lago Trasimeno, in the footsteps of...

    Who does not remember Hannibal and the famous battle at Lago Trasimeno from school days? I did, because when I went to school, our teachers were that much focussing on Roman and Greek history and later Medieval times that when I left school at age 18 and I didn’t get past Thirty Years War… My memories of Hannibal were even that bad that I heavily...

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  • Norcia – the best sausages on the planet

    Norcia is a gem! Not only it is a starting point to visit nearby Piano Grande, an almost unreal high plain, but it also holds many architectural treasures of the past and is a mecca for lovers of solid plain and delicious meat products. And it is (was) birthplace of San Benedetto da Nursia and his twin sister Santa Scolastica. So don’t get mislead...

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  • San Pietro in Valle – not from this...

    Abbazia San Pietro in Valle was on my wishlist ever since I saw a photo on Google Earth. And when I finally arrived there and I was so much amazed that I even wasn’t disappointed that I couldn’t get into the church, because it was closed for restauration. This whole place has such a spiritual atmosphere which makes it easy to understand why it was...

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  • Orvieto – tuffa and a magnificent...

    Oh and now Orvieto. Despite that it was full of tourists when I was there I really liked the town. Maybe it was the location high on a tuffa plateau, maybe it was the very much contorted maze of streets or maybe it was the “underground”, as the whole town is hollowed out (or was by Etruscans and later continued by the locals). I would set Orvieto...

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  • Very enchanting Fonti di Clitunno

    Fonti di Clitunno was one of these unexpected finds which are close to a main road but not easy to find and once one gets off the car, bike or bus – provokes this special wow factor and one feels as if on another planet. When I was driving along the street next to SS3 (the one that links Assisi to Spoleto) I suddenly saw a little temple, but it was...

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  • Marmore waterfalls, manmade and strange

    Cascata delle Marmore are something strange! They are really beautiful – but artificial. Well, not actually artificial, but they won’t exisit without man’s interference. This interference began already in Roman times when it was decided to drain the plains of Rieti (which is the region around Lago Piediluco) by directing river Velino over the cliff...

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  • Montefalco – home of famous Sagrantino...

    For me, Montefalco didn’t live up the hype, which seems to have been created around the soo famous “balcony of Umbria” phrase. The balcony thingy is a clever marketing idea and certainly attracts many tourists, but I didn’t see the balcony, even if I walked around the northern part of the village. Yes, it is nice, a nice view, but the view I had...

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  • Piano Grande – magic atmosphere

    Ever since I’ve read Simone’s page about Piano Grande I wanted to go there even if I didn’t have a clue of where it is exactly located or what a fantastic sight it must be in late spring. But when I prepared my trip I realised that it is just north of Norcia (which I wanted to visit). Furthermore I read about and saw photos of fioritura which gave...

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  • Valnerina – most enchanting valley :-)

    Although it was mostly raining and the sky was greyish while I drove through Valnerina, I did feel the magic of this part of Umbria. I will definitely come back, explore more of the wonderful little villages and go for some serious hiking. The mountains here are just too precious to ignore them. The name Valnerina derives from the river Nera which...

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  • Valle Umbra – discover the hidden gems

    During my almost one week stay in Bevagna (resp. in the hills above the town) it was raining quite often so I often stayed at home and relaxed. But when the weather cleared up I started to do some exploring of the surrounding hills. Once in Umbria, I could not help but adapt to the very slow atmosphere and life, it just grabs you and is part of the...

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  • Undiscovered Umbrian jewels and...

    http://www.summerinitaly.com/guide/spellothis is a real undiscovered jewel as well as Narni, Collepepe, Montone and so on...The Umbria jazz festival is the most popular and worthy music festival of the area, but Narni Black Festival http://www.narniblackfestival.it/ in September is notable, too.Festival dei Due Mondi - Spoleto - with gorgeous...

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  • Orvieto

    Built on a volcanic tofa plug, the town of Orvieto is found 320 metres above the surrounding valley floor. Its a wonderful town with the Duomo argued to be one of the most beautiful in Italy. Fantastic views to be had of the surrounding countryside and a walled city.It is the 2nd most visited tourist spot in Umbria (after Assisi).See separate...

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  • Bevagna

    A few kilometres south west of Spello and Foligno, Bevagna is a wonderful little town even more 'remote' than Spello. Austere and grand on a small scale, it's little more than a main street with several small alleys running off it. But there are numerous churches to be found within the confines of the village, with the main square a true step back...

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  • Spello

    Spello is one those typical Medieval Umbrian towns/villages - you just drive and there they are :) It's amazingly quiet considering its proximity to Assisi and Spoleto and, sited as it is, on a main north/south access road. It's easily worth stopping off for an hour or so, exploring the medieval streets, the frescoes of Pinturicchio in the Church...

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  • Parco Naturale Regionale

    If driving and heading for Assisi from the south (Foligno, Spoleto), instead of driving along the Autostrada, take a right at Spello (2 or 3kms north of Foligno) into the Park. Essentially, nothing more than a looped road to Assisi, the route will take you up into the hills and Mount Subiaso, provding you with great views of the northern part of...

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  • Assisi

    Arguably, the biggest single attraction in Umbria is the village town of Assisi - birthplace of Italy's patron saint and site of pilgrimage for 700+ years.Tucked into the slopes of Mount Subiaso, Assisi is a delightful mountain village that, in spite of slowly succumbing to the lure of tacky tourist kitsch, still holds its own as an Italian...

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  • Perugia

    The largest city in Umbria, Perugia has a long history, an Etruscan city conquered by the Romans in 309 BC. Overlooking the Tiber and located moreorless in the centre of the Italian peninsular, it is of geographical importance and grew accordingly. Medieval Perugia sounded a nightmare! Described as the most warlike of people in all of Italy, but...

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  • Cooking with Velia outside Orvieto

    My husband and I spent the month of October in Umbria. We were thoroughly mesmerized by the scenery, its people, the food and the wine. One of the highlights of our visit was a day spent cooking with Velia de Angelis and Gianluca Antoniella in Monterubiaglio (outside Orvieto). In actuality, Velia and I had established such a great "email...

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  • Go and see Todi

    Todi, like many other Villages, is built on the top of a hill since roman times.The structure is medieval, roman remains are hidden here and there.Nice ambience, nice restaurants.Easy to reach by car: a big and free elevator brings you up to the center from a big anc cheap parking place.All in all, a great place to stop for a night and a...

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  • Duomo of Orvieto

    The Facade if this Duomo is likely the most celebrated in Italy, and the most ornate one I've seen. Pope Leo XIII said of the Duomo "it is the Golden Lilly of Italian Cathedrals; on the day of judgment to will float up to Heaven carried by its own beauty". The sculptures, reliefs, columns, and colors, are amazing in their detail and condition (done...

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  • Orvieto

    Orvieto is perched up on a hill and cliffs, about 1/2 way between Rome and Florence. This makes it a common stopping point for many bus tours, most of which shuffle thier tourists to the Duomo and are then on thier way. The town is deeper than just the Duomo and it's amazing facade, with many restaurant shops and rooms for lodging. The location...

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  • Gubbio - spend a day

    What a great town all around. Gubbio is a bit away from the autostrada and has no rail station, which keeps it a little light on tourism; however it is by no means undiscovered.The town is picturesque and will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. The piazza Grande is uniquely positioned above the town and must visit. Other than that, we...

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  • Santa Maria Degli Angeli - Assisi

    Santa Maria Degli Angeli is the modern part of Assisi below the town. It's a couple km's down the hill from the Historic town. If arriving by train, this is where you come in. There are not many tourism offerings in town, but the Huge Basilica is worth a visit for St. Francis fans. This area used to be heavily forested and is where the Saint lived...

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  • Assisi

    Home town boy St. Francis is the reason thousands of tourists and Pilgrims flock to Assisi every year. Besides, the must see site - Basilica of St. Francis, the town is a very well preserved midieval hill town with a days worth of sites. We loved the town, in spite of the scorching temps on our visit.The heart of the town for us lies not at the...

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  • Inspiring Assisi

    Although Assisi is inspiring, spiritual, and beautiful, it still lacks the simplicity that I had expected from the town of St. Francis's church and burial spot. But, after all the day trippers left, it was more of what I had imagined. Thank goodness, we were able to be there overnight..It is an ordeal to enter the gates. A pass must be obtained...

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  • Spoleto, a Special Place in Umbria

    After Todi, we drove more WINDING roads to Spoleto and our wonderful Hotel (see Hotel Tips).I loved this town. It has such STEEP walkways and so much history. Its surrounded by the kind of countryside most people enjoy...a mixture of mountains, olive groves, and pretty green hills.It's located on the slope of a mountain. The city has two levels....

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