Italy’s own Umbria is a wholesome hub of historical and natural countryside beauty. The luxurious villas are the most compelling attractions to most tourists. Situated in a central region, Umbria is easily accessible from most of the famous tourist regions, yet it is uncrowded even during peak tourist seasons. Owing to the rich culture and history of the area, this destination owns a wealth of beautiful monuments and is home to the Etruscan remains, a unique treasure that is not found anywhere else. When Renaissance fever took over Tuscany, the benefits were experienced in faraway lands. Umbria was pleasantly rewarded with beautiful Renaissance architecture along with umpteen other landscapes.
Spello – The Walled Town
Fans of architecture and historians find the walled town of Spello amusing. The walled town is mesmerizing with its medieval streets and contrasting age-old churches. Situated in the foothills of Mount Subasio, Spello livens up during the summertime when the flowers bloom to create a sea of vibrant florals which awaken even the most tired person on earth. A town gate by the name of Porta Venere in Spello, which is from the Augustan-era is still preserved very well and carries the legacy of the Romans who had colonized Spello a long time ago.
Orvieto Sitting atop a Volcanic Butte
Sitting on a volcanic butte that overlooks the most incredibly laid out Umbrian Southwest part of Umbria is the hilltop town of Orvieto. Orvieto houses a 14th-century Gothic extravaganza which magnificently displays its vibrant façade along with frescoes created by the Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli. Currently used as wine storage, tunnels situated below Orvieto are magical and from the Etruscan-era. These underground tunnels were used as bomb houses and a means of escape during World War II.
Castiglione Del Lago
The 13th-century fortress, Castello del Leone is situated in Castiglione del Lago which is comfortably housed on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. This is precisely the place where Umbria and Tuscany meet. The huge watchtowers of the fortress allow for amazing views of the beautiful lake and the nearby countryside. Trasimeno’s islands have always been the starting point for exploration. If parks interest you, then the biggest island Isola Polvese is a scientific and educational park. Come spring, hot air balloons and kites make the skies colorful for the “Coloriamo I Cieli Festival”.
Gubbio- A Town in The Steep Slopes of Mount Ingino
The history and culture of Gubbio, the beautiful town created on the slopes of the mountain, is unique yet enchanting. The Palazzo dei Consoli of the 14th century is where you reach when you enter the town through the ruins of a Roman theatre. From here you are lead to the Piazza Grande which is breathtakingly beautiful and a treat to the eyes. While visiting, you might as well enjoy Gubbio’s culture and heritage by experiencing one of the oldest festivals in the region, La Festa dei Ceri.
Assisi – The Birthplace of Saint Francis
Saint Francis was a patron of the environment and animals; Assisi is where this greatness was born. It is a beautiful hilltop town situated a few miles East of Perugia, the capital of Umbria. A UNESCO world heritage site that Christians from around the world visit is the Basilica di San Francesco, which was built in the honor of Saint Francis.