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5 minutes guide to Umbria

Umbria, nestled in the centre of Italy, is a mesmerising region celebrated for its captivating landscapes, cultural richness, and deep historical roots. This enchanting destination is referred to as the “cuore verde d’Italia”, or the green heart of Italy due to its natural richness, celebrated by famed poets the like of Carducci. Journey through the beauty of Umbria from our luxury villa rental located in the most amazing corners of this stunning region.

Stretching back to the ancient Etruscans to the Papal States and to being a 20th century Communist stronghold Umbria has a long and rich history. Umbria was originally settled by the Umbri people before Roman annexation in the 4th century BCE. It thrived during the Middle Ages, with Perugia emerging as a notable center for arts and culture. The region experienced conflicts between papal and local powers. Renaissance art flourished in places like Assisi. Today, Umbria retains its medieval charm, with well-preserved towns and a cultural identity deeply rooted in its historical tapestry.

Perugia, its main city, boasts an ancient heritage dating back to the Etruscans and later becoming a key centre in the Roman era. Renowned for its medieval architecture and cultural significance, Perugia played a pivotal role in the Renaissance. Today, the city stands as a testament to its rich history, with landmarks like the Palazzo dei Priori and the iconic Fontana Maggiore reflecting its enduring legacy and as a cultural hub with events such as Umbria Jazz going on.

Venture beyond Perugia to uncover a mosaic of charming towns. Assisi boasts the UNESCO-listed Basilica of Saint Francis and medieval allure. Orvieto, perched on volcanic rock, enthrals with its cathedral and scenic views. Gubbio, a medieval gem, showcases architectural splendour and hosts the vibrant Corsa dei Ceri festival. Meanwhile, Spoleto, home to the Festival dei Due Mondi, beckons exploration with its Roman amphitheatre, medieval fortress, and the stunning Ponte delle Torri aqueduct, weaving a seamless blend of history and culture in each town, creating an enchanting journey through Umbria's heart.

Embark on a journey through Umbria's scenic countryside, where charming villages like Spello, Bevagna, Montefalco, Todi, and Città della Pieve reveal wonders. Nature lovers can explore Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth-largest lake, Monti Sibillini National Park, and the awe-inspiring Cascata delle Marmore. Immerse in Umbria's culinary symphony with renowned red wines like Sagrantino, truffles, olive oil, and handmade pasta. Umbria is a gastronomic haven, inviting enthusiasts to savour authentic Italian flavours, where each bite celebrates the region's culinary heritage.

Let Umbria weave its enchantment around you as you explore its rich history and embrace its timeless charm from the comfort of our luxury villa rentals. Create memories that linger in time and beckon you irresistibly to return to this captivating region.

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