Umbria Italy is a region in the central part of the country. The capital of this region is Perugia. This region is known for its breathtaking scenery, historical landmarks, and legendary cuisine. Umbria is a landscape of rolling hills, beautiful mountain peaks and lush valleys. It also has the town of Assisi which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Umbria is referred to ‘the green heart of Italy’ which comes from the poet Giosuè Carducci who marvelled at the stunning Clitunno River in the region. Umbria is the only Italian region that doesn’t have a border with other countries or a coastline. Tuscany is its border to the west and the north; it borders Marche in the east and Lazio in the South.
A visit to Umbria Italy region just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capital city - Perugia. This city is an equal distance from both Florence and Rome. There are a host of churches and historical landmarks to visit in this city. The San Lorenzo Church, the Oratorio di San Bernadino and the Piazza IV Novembre are just a few. They have several museums as well as the Perugia Chocolate Factory. If you love outdoor spaces, visit the national park.
If you want to take in a piece of history, visit the charming medieval town of Assisi. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a town dedicated to the St. Francis, who in 1208, founded the Franciscan religious order. Visit the Basilica which contains his tomb and other churches and historical landmarks in the area.
If authentic Italian cuisine is on your wish list, Umbria will not disappoint. They have a variety of meat dishes, and their specialty is pork. If you like cheese, they make excellent goat milk cheese and sheep’s cheese. Olive oil is produced in this region and this golden splendour seasons everything. Truffles are also a favourite here. Both black and white truffles are found in this region. If you love dessert, try an Umbrian cake or panpepato. This is a round sweet cake which often has nuts such as almond or hazel with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Moreover, don’t forget the zest of citrus. And of course, there is splendid red wine in Umbria as well.
Umbria Italy is a region of picturesque landscapes, famous historical landmarks, and authentic Italian cuisine. Add this region to your travel plans and see for yourself what Umbria has in store for you.
Train travel in Umbria can be a bit tricky as some of the small towns do not have their own train station. However, don’t despair! There are buses that will connect you with the train stations that are out of town and some buses run in the medieval hilltop towns where trains do not.
Trains are available in the major cities, and if you check out the national and regional trains, you will find many more options. And, a bonus. The scenery on these rides is outstanding and will take you over rolling hills, past lush vineyards and charming farms. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.
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