Exploring the Umbria Region Italy
The Umbria Region of Italy is located in the central part of the country. Umbria is a small region and the only one in central Italy without a coastline. Umbria is a region with lots to visit and explore but is not as well know due to the hotel facilities and road and rail links, mass tourism still tends to pass it by. This makes the Umbria region a perfect active vacation destination, ideal for visitors seeking the beauties of unspoilt Nature plus medieval and Renaissance art.
WHAT TO SEE IN THE UMBRIA REGION
Umbria Region includes Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake. The area still has the remains of Etruscan settlements, particularly around Castiglione del Lago, where the loveliness of the natural landscape combines with the romanticism and stillness of the lake. In the souther part of the region is the Cascate delle Marmore waterfalls near Terni, some of the most beautiful in Europe. The waters rush into the River Nera with a spectacular 165 m (541 ft) drop, and are surrounded by lush vegetation a great spot for sports lovers who enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.
Throughout the Umbria region you find historical hill towns, like Carsulae is an ancient Roman town traversed by the ancient Via Flaminia. Assisi the town of Saint Francis, Todi, Bevagna, and Spello.
Those exploring by foot or bicycle will find surprises in the regions unique landscape, example being the Dunarobba Fossil Forest, a rare example of a forest that existed 3 million years ago, with very well-preserved tree trunks set in a lunar landscape.
Physcial Profile of the Umbria Region
OUTDOOR RECREATION IN UMBRIA REGION
- Rock Climb the Umbria Region
- Bike Tour the Umbria Region
- Hike/Bike the Umbria Region
- Other Outdoor Activities
PROVINCES OF THE UMBRIA REGION
TOWNS OF THE UMBRIA REGION
Assisi – Home of St. Francis, the Basilica in Assisi is a major pilgrimage site as well as full of stunning frescoes
Spoleto – Site for the annual Festival of Two Worlds music and opera festival
Deruta – Beautiful painted pottery from this town fetches very high prices
Orvieto – Pretty and small hill town near Lazio border, day-trip distance from Rome, home to a beautiful 13th century cathedral and former Papal residence
Todi – Hill town in southwestern Umbria, pretty main square ringed by historic buildings
Narni – Hill town in southwestern Umbria, home to largest Roman bridge ever built, medieval town center
Foligno – Town near region’s center, famous for its 15th century printing shop (which printed the original Divine Comedy by Dante)
Spello – Hill town near region’s center, historic center home to many buildings from the 11th-12th centuries as well as 1st century BCE Roman monuments
Lake Trasimeno – One of Italy’s largest lakes, sits in northwestern Umbria, popular with land-locked Umbrians for their share of beach and water activities