Tucked away in central Italy, Umbria is one of the country's smallest regions in terms of population, but what it lacks in people it makes up for in charm. Scenic and welcoming with a rich artistic and cultural heritage, Umbria is home to some of the country's most underrated towns and attractions. If you're looking for a unique and genuine Italian holiday experience, Umbria fits the bill perfectly.
Some of the top attractions in Umbria include:
-Perugia: Umbria's friendly and lively capital is a vibrant and enjoyable place to visit, with a palpable joie de vivre at every turn. Perugia is also home to a remarkably well-preserved medieval old town.
-Assisi: The birthplace of St. Francis, Assisi is best-known today for housing one of the world's most impressive assemblages of medieval art. Visit the city's Basilica to see an astonishing collection of frescoes.
-Castiglione del Lago: Wonderful restaurants make this small lakeside community well worth a visit. Bring your camera and prepare to lose your heart to the placid charms of this picturesque town.
-Outdoor exploration: Umbria walking tours are very rewarding for visitors, and cycling in Umbria is a delight during the warmer seasons. You can also enjoy hiking in Umbria in any of the many regional and national parks and nature preserves.
-Vineyards and wineries: There are many vineyards and wineries in the region that offer tours, but one of the most noteworthy is Cantina di Girasole, near the border of Tuscany.
If you're in Umbria in late May or early June, be sure to head to Spello for the Infiorata flower festival. Held 60 days after Easter to celebrate the ascension of the risen Christ, this pageantry of this event is not to be missed even if you're not Catholic.
For your stay in Umbria, a vacation rental makes the ideal accommodation. No other option gives you such an authentic and homely taste of Italian life, and options in all budget ranges are plentiful throughout Umbria's beautiful towns and cities. Vacation rentals are perfect whether you're enjoying a romantic getaway, on holiday with your family, or traveling with a group of friends.
If you want to see more of Italy, Umbria's central location makes it easy to move on to further adventures. The region of Lazio, home to the capital city of Rome, borders Umbria, as do the beautiful coastal regions of Marche, Abruzzo and Tuscany.
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