The focus is on Umbria

Little is said about Umbria. It is a small region that rarely appears in glossy magazines with photos of footballers and showgirls. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Umbria has retained its mystical and serene, timeless charm.

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"Villages like in fairy tales"

TERRITORY

Umbrian towns are incredibly old, perched on breeze-stroked hills and floating on a sea of peaceful olive groves. The region has far more to offer than just the world-famous towns of Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto, Spello, Montefalco, gems of unchallenged beauty; off the beaten track, dwell an unnumbered amount of equally charming old villages and small hill-towns.

Umbria is the land of Saints, soaked with a sense of mysticism that permeates the skin and fills the spirit with joy, the same joy pervading S. Francis’ wonderful Canticle of All Creatures. Farming heritage still remains well visible, here, in the green heart of Italy; the country is alive and offers tasty, genuine products, laid on the tables of the many restaurants, inns, taverns, markets and ancient village festivals

Umbria is a land of magic, an enchanting place where to settle or, simply, where to spend some time for vacations. It is a land of hills, woods, vineyards and olive groves, a land where the wind whispers through the leaves, a land of lakes, silence, starry nights, good food and excellent wine, art, culture, history, a land of ancient traditions and simplicity. Umbria cannot just be described in few words. Are we biased? Perhaps we are, nonetheless Umbria is beautiful! And not dear. Buying a house in Umbria can be a very smart choice in terms of value for money: in most of the region, aside from some expensive areas around Lake Trasimeno, Assisi and Todi, prices are still affordable, nothing to do with the sky-rocketing levels reached in Tuscany.

We bet this gap will eventually fade out. And you?

Umbria is a land of magic, an enchanting place where to settle or, simply, where to spend some time for vacations. It is a land of hills, woods, vineyards and olive groves, a land where the wind whispers through the leaves, a land of lakes, silence, starry nights, good food and excellent wine, art, culture, history, a land of ancient traditions and simplicity. Umbria cannot just be described in few words. Are we biased? Perhaps we are, nonetheless Umbria is beautiful! And not dear. Buying a house in Umbria can be a very smart choice in terms of value for money: in most of the region, aside from some expensive areas around Lake Trasimeno, Assisi and Todi, prices are still affordable, nothing to do with the sky-rocketing levels reached in Tuscany.

We bet this gap will eventually fade out. And you?

ARTS TOWNS

NATURE

Umbria offers a large number of nature trails, to be covered on foot, by bike or on horseback, with very different and equally beautiful views. In Umbria there are several natural parks and naturalistic oases. We report in particular the following, both located in mountainous areas and often neglected by tourists with little time.

Parco del Monte Cucco: it winds through the territories of Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino and Sigillo and is renowned for those who love trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, caving and cross-country skiing.

National Park of the Sibillini Mountains: embraces the provinces of Perugia, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, on the border between Umbria and Marche. The landscapes of the Piano Grande of Castelluccio di Norcia are spectacular, with Monte Vettore (2476 m) in the background. Wildlife abounds, including the wolf, golden eagle and hawk. You can practice trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, rafting, climbing, canyoning. The city of Norcia, home of St. Benedict, certainly deserves a visit.

There are many possibilities for trekking between the hills and the Umbrian mountains. We report in particular, in addition to the aforementioned Monti Sibillini and Monte Cucco

Monte Subasio, between Assisi and Spello, with 14 marked paths; Monti Martani, between Spoleto, Montefalco and Terni; Cascata delle Marmore and Ferentillo, between Terni and Valnerina; Franciscan Path of Peace Assisi-Gubbio, a path between mysticism and spirituality; European path E1 in the Umbrian section, divided into 11 stages; Monte Peglia e la Selva di Meana, which cover a vast territory between Orvieto and Marsciano; Via Francigena from Perugia a Piediluco: from Perugia to Piediluco: a fascinating journey between faith and nature articulated in 16 stages.

There are many possibilities for trekking between the hills and the Umbrian mountains. We report in particular, in addition to the aforementioned Monti Sibillini and Monte Cucco

Monte Subasio, between Assisi and Spello, with 14 marked paths; Monti Martani, between Spoleto, Montefalco and Terni; Cascata delle Marmore and Ferentillo, between Terni and Valnerina; Franciscan Path of Peace Assisi-Gubbio, a path between mysticism and spirituality; European path E1 in the Umbrian section, divided into 11 stages; Monte Peglia e la Selva di Meana, which cover a vast territory between Orvieto and Marsciano; Via Francigena from Perugia a Piediluco: from Perugia to Piediluco: a fascinating journey between faith and nature articulated in 16 stages.

Umbria offers throughout the year a great variety of events, exhibitions, village festivals, popular festivals, some of great suggestion. We list only the main ones:

Perugia – 8 / 18 July

Umbria Jazz is one of the most important jazz events in Europe, born back in 1973. It has hosted and continues to host in its editions the greatest modern jazz musicians. The show lasts ten whole days: from morning to night in the historic center of Perugia, between squares and ancient buildings, non-stop jazz concerts are held. Perugia becomes a meeting point for tens of thousands of young people from all over Europe and the United States.

Assisi – First days of May

Calendimaggio is an accurate re-enactment of the costumes and of medieval and renaissance life with theatrical performances, concerts, songs and choirs, dances, parades, performances by archers, crossbowmen and flag-wavers.

Gubbio – 25 May

The Festa dei Ceri has centuries-old roots, which link back to the mysteries of the ritual celebrations of the ancient Umbrians. The Ceri are three gigantic wooden machines weighing about four quintals each, surmounted by the statues of Sant’Ubaldo, San Giorgio and Sant’Antonio, carried from the historical center to the peak of Mount Ingino, where the basilica of the saint rises. patron. The route sees the ceraioli engaged in a wild ride through the streets of the city and in the arduous, difficult climb to the mountain, followed by an exalted and cheering crowd. The party is one of the most singular manifestations of Italy, impregnated with a very strong mystical emotion that drags the audience. The Ceri di Gubbio are the emblem of the Umbria region.

Orvieto – 2 / 10 October

A prestigious eno-gastronomic event whose objective is to rediscover and safeguard traditional tastes and products that risk getting lost due to increasing approval. A walk with taste is a slow itinerary to discover flavors and fragrances walking through streets, squares and historic buildings. The taste workshops are guided tastings to choose and compare foods and wines mainly Umbrian, but also Italian. The program includes conferences, study meetings and initiatives of the Slow Cities, the cities of good living, associated on an international network.

Spoleto – End of June / beginning of July

The Festival dei Due Mondi was established by Gian Carlo Menotti with the aim of creating a moment of encounter and exchange between Italian and European culture and the American one. Today it is one of the most prestigious international events and offers prose, dance, opera, concerts, art and film shows. During the festival there is also Spoletoscienza, conferences and debates open to the public, with the participation of authoritative figures from the world of science, some of which are Nobel Prize winners.

Gubbio – End of May

The Palio della Balestra is a shooting competition with the medieval crossbow from a position. Participate in the Società Balestrieri Eugubina and that of San Sepolcro, two cities that have practiced this sport for centuries. The crossbowmen wear the ancient historical costume, while the flag bearers compete in games of skill.

Foligno – June (18/19) and September (18/19)

The carousel, taken in 1946, is inspired by a race at the turn of the seventeenth century which was intended to determine the order of priority for a knight of honor in fidelity to the prince or the lady of the heart. Today, ten riders on horseback, one for each district of Foligno, measure their ability by trying to insert a series of rings with an ever smaller diameter. The race has highly spectacular results and takes place at night. The evening before the competition, a procession of 600 costumed characters parades through the streets of the city.

Perugia - November

A great fair dedicated to chocolate lovers, who transforms the city of Perugia every year into a lively outdoor pastry shop. Amateur and semi-professional workshops, tastings, exhibitions and other events alternate in the historical center of the city. A unique and varied festival that sees as protagonists the most prestigious Italian and foreign confectionery reality.

Città della Pieve - mid-August

The Caccia del Toro of the Palio dei Terzieri evokes, in bloodless form, the ancient Sienese "Cacce", a sort of bullfight that still took place in Perugino's time in the nearby Ghibelline city, to which Città della Pieve, for centuries rebelling against the State of Church, has always been linked by history, traditions, culture.

On the day of the palio, after the historical procession that starts from Piazza Plebiscito and accompanies the archers to Campo di Santa Lucia, the archery competition takes place. The champions, three for each Terziere, have three arrows available for each shooter. The targets are three mobile shapes in the form of a Chianina bull, mounted on a single carousel; each wooden bull has a band with the colors of the respective Terziere. From the first to the third round, the speed of the carousel increases and hitting the target becomes even more difficult.

TASTE OF UMBRIA

Food and wine

Wine, butchery, truffles and typical products...

The quality of Umbrian cooking is really excellent. Wherever you might go, village festivals or 5 stars restaurants, you will undoubtedly taste simple and delicious products.

Olive oil, truffle, wine, “norcineria”, spelt, lentils, chickling vetch, saffron, “torta al testo”, “strangozzi”: these are only some of the ingredients of the regional cooking. Don’t miss the experience of going to a village festival: any one you might decide to go, from the wild board festival to the onion one, you will taste for sure typical Umbrian products in their original context

The wine roads

A special mention is deserved by "Strade del vino", routes to go along by car, motorbike, bike or on foot among the sweet Umbrian hills, with visits to the wine cellars:
  • The Sagrantino road

    Since centuries, one of the most precious Italian vine is cultivated in the nearby of Montefalco: the Sagrantino. 27 footpaths available in the area.

  • The road of the Trasimeno hills

    5 itineraries that wind around Lake Trasimeno, among woods, abbeys and good wine.

  • The Etruscan-Roman wine route

    Journey to the oldest wine lands of Umbria, between Orvieto and Amelia.

Umbria is a magical place to live in, strategically positioned to quickly reach every region of Italy. Immersed in the green rolling hillsin which cities with a beating heart are set. Living here can be a privilege and if you too dream of doing so, fill out the questionnaire by clicking the button below.

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