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Umbria

Umbria Itineraries

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Italy's "Green Heart"

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Umbria is the only Italian region that does not have a border either on the sea or another country. Known as Italy’s green heart, Umbria has a lot of natural beauty, with lakes and waterfalls. Umbria’s hills are dotted with pretty medieval hill towns. Although you can reach several of the top towns by train, Umbria is a great region for road trips and it still has places where you can get off the beaten path.


Umbria Highlights:

* Assisi is famous as the birth place of Saint Francis. Pilgrims and tourists alike come to visit the Basilica di San Francesco. The town itself is a walled hill town and its medieval center is nice to wander around. Outside town is a walking trail through the forest, Bosco di San Francesco, while a few kilometers away is a monastery where Saint Francis went to pray.

* Orvieto, a hill town stunningly perched atop a tufa cliff, has one of Italy’s top cathedrals with a brilliant mosaic facade. Below the town are Etruscan tombs in the hill side. Orvieto can easily be visited as a day trip from Rome by train.

* Perugia, the region’s biggest city, makes a good base if you’re traveling by train. It’s a large walled hill town with Etruscan and medieval monuments. In July there’s a big jazz festival and many cultural events are held throughout the year. Perugia is also the home of the chocolate Baci candy and a great Italian language school.

* Spoleto, also a hill town, is the largest town in southern Umbria. It has Etruscan, Roman, and medieval sites and a castle above. It’s home to the Festival dei due Mondi, held in summer.

* Gubbio is a well-preserved medieval hill town built of gray limestone. Gubbio has a charming, compact historic center and a Roman Amphitheater just outside town.

* Todi is another pretty hill town with walls around it. It’s fairly small so it’s easy to walk around, enjoying its historic buildings and views of the countryside.

* Narni is considered to be the geographical center of mainland Italy. After taking a walk in town, follow the walk through the woods to the first century Ponte Cardona. It is part of the Roman Aqueduct Formina and the marker for the center of Italy.

* Deruta is a small town known for ceramics. There are several artisan ceramics producers in town.

* Lake Trasimeno is one of Italy’s largest lakes. It’s 3 charming islands can be reached by ferry and it has nice beaches along the lake shore. Castiglione del Lago is a top town to visit on the lake with a medieval center, castle, and train station.

* Umbria is a good region for staying in an agriturismo in the countryside (if you’re renting a car). One of our favorites is Fontanaro, near the border of Tuscany making it easy to explore both regions together.

Umbria Books:
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Umbria
Walking in Umbria, Cicerone Guides
Umbria: The Heart of Italy (Armchair Traveller)

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What it Costs

Umbria is suitable for all budgets, from economical to luxurious.

Umbria, and all of Italy, uses the common European currency called the euro. Euro coin denominations are 1, 5, 10, 20,and 50 euro cents and 1 and 2 euro coins. Paper currency is in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 euro (and higher). The word euro is both singular and plural.

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often change or vary by season so we prefer not to quote exact prices that may become wrong. To give you a rough idea, we indicate general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in €.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15- €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 or higher per person

Sleep — Out of town/rural

€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 or more for a double

Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 or more for a double

Eat
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€€ => Above €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)

Tours
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets more than €50 per person

Money, ATMs, Credit Cards

The best way to get cash in Italy is usually by using a cash machine, called a Bancomat at the bank or Postamat at the post office. There’s often a 250 euro limit for withdrawals though. Many small restaurants, shops, and even places to stay may not accept credit cards so it’s always a good idea to have cash, especially if you’re traveling outside the main tourist destinations. Be sure to alert your banks before you leave that you’ll be using your debit and credit cards in Italy.

Travelers checks are rarely used these days and it may be difficult to find a place to cash them.

Transportation

Umbria is best explored by car. Orvieto, Assisi, and Perugia can be reached by train and from Perugia there’s bus service and a small private rail line that serves nearby towns. Perugia has a small airport with flights from some Italian and European cities.

Background

Cuisine

Umbria produces good wine and olive oil and Baci chocolates come from Perugia. Because Umbria is landlocked, meat is usually the main course and can include rabbit, duck, or wild boar, and sometimes you’ll find fresh water fish. Strangozzi is a typical pasta of Umbria that’s often served with spicy tomato sauce or black truffles when they’re in season.

Language

Italian is spoken in Umbria and English is spoken in larger towns and tourist areas. Many locals, especially older people, still use dialect.

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