Umbria is one of the best-kept secrets of Italy. It displays captivating villages and towns, beautiful sceneries, culture in tons, cultural events, fantastic food, and a lot more. It is also ignored by mainstream tourism, and so you cannot find the usual influx of tourist crowds, here. On the other hand, you can enjoy an atmosphere that reeks of the ancient culture here, among paths, castles, beautiful palaces, and charming villages.
Perugia in Umbria is the provincial capital of Italy. This is a large city featuring modernized outskirts but is built on a cliff in Umbria. It is also a medieval historical center that is intact and where medieval charm is maintained even now. In case you are passionate about art forms, you must visit the imposing and magnificent buildings like the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia. It houses Galleria Nazionale dell’ Umbria, a superb Umbrian medieval gallery of Renaissance art.
The other top sights that are a must-to-visit include:
- Piazza IV Novembre, located in Perugia’s great city center and Maggiore Fountain, which was carved by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano.
- The San Domenico Basilica features valuable works and statues done by local artists.
- San Lorenzo Cathedral and the Pulpit are places where the saint preached.
Umbria Jazz is the key Italian music event here and takes place in the mid of July, featuring artists namely, Quincy Jones, David Byrne, and Gilberto Gil. You can enjoy walking along Castelluccio di Norcia that is built on a hill in a small village. Adventurous tourists can consider alternatives such as horseback riding, trekking, canoeing, rafting, and mountain biking. Tourists can go alpine skiing to the Forca Canapine mountain area perched at 1542 meters. It houses the best free flight school in Europe. At the start of summer, between June and July, tourists get to admire the natural spectacle, the fioritura that attracts tourists by the hundreds.You can start your tour of the area by visiting the thirteenth century Town Hall, Staircase, Loggia, and Bell Tower. Visit the Castellina – The fortified residence of the governors that was built by ‘Pope Julius III’ to gain more control over the entire town. This has been restored after many continuous earthquakes and is now where the City government offices sit.
The Santa Maria Argantea Cathedral features a Renaissance style of construction. It consists of large chapels and stone arcs with interiors featuring various artworks. It also presents St. Francis’s monumental complex and today it is Norcia’s Auditorium Sea, historical archive and public library. Also, visit Marcite in Norcia that has irrigation systems created by the Benedictine monks.
Cuisine in Norcia
In Norcia, you may taste common and genuine Italian foods. Right from black truffles to delicious dishes, there is something for every tastebud. Foods that contain barley, goat cheese, saffron, mushrooms, Castelluccio lentils, and porcini are liberal here too. If you up for an adventure to fill your bellies, you can find berries in the woods. Different sausages are available at every norcino-butcher, who are masters in pork specialties. Seafood lovers can try the Nera river trout and crayfish. It will be considered a sin to miss the Benedictine monks’ beer when you visit.