For centuries Umbria has been known as a region with spiritual and mystical properties but it has often overlooked by visitors making their way from Rome to Florence. But if you can visit this region of Italy you won’t be disappointed. It’s the more rough and rugged (and frequently more real) sister of the well-manicured Tuscany. What follows are a few photos from our travels in Orvieto, Spoleto, Foligno, Spello, Assisi, and Perugia. Enjoy some armchair travel now and put Umbria on your travel list!
Orvieto is beautiful both above and below. It’s doable as a day trip from Rome but there’s so much to see here so I’d try to stay longer if you can. It has one of the most stunning cathedrals in Italy and multiple underground sites where you can escape the summer heat below ground. If you want some advice on what to do on a day trip from Rome to Orvieto, look no further than this blog post from Linda, an Orvieto local and Rome hostel owner.
Spoleto has it all: ancient Roman ruins, monumental Cathedrals, a yearly music festival and a Gelateria serving far more flavours of Pistachio gelato than I ever knew existed. What more could you ask for?
I’ve been to Foligno on so many occasions over the years to visit my dear friend and author Heather. This town has a special place in my heart and is perfect if you want to discover what real (non-touristy) small town life is like in Umbria.
Spello is known for their annual flower festival which features contests for the best flower arrangements. It lasts from May through August so as you stroll through the quiet streets you can not only enjoy the arrangements each summer but the plaques that mark the previous years winners, placed proudly outside their doors.
The Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi is without a doubt one of my all time favourite churches in the country. It’s incredible. And it’s not just one church: It’s two stacked one on top of the other. Built in the Middle Ages, the walls are absolutely covered by the glowing work of Giotto and Cimabue. It is also the burial place of St. Francis of Assisi and a pilgrimage destination.
Yearly “Euro-chocolate” festival? Check. Yearly Umbria Jazz festival featuring artists from around the world? Check. A bunch of photos from my last trip to Perugia? Ummm…. not really. Oops. I guess the last time I was there, I was so nervous about my upcoming Italian language exam that I failed to document my trip. Guess that means I just have to go back again soon! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Umbria with me and Luca. Let me know if you have a favourite Umbrian town whether it’s on this list or not. I already can’t wait to visit again.