The green heart of Italy or, as he called the historian Pompeo De Angelis the island without the sea.Umbria is the region that has its roots in the past but which also shows a possible future where sustainability and the art of living together in a landscape drawn in half by nature and half man, in his best days.Umbria can not only be crossed but claims to be experienced. Otherwise, it is hidden to the eye.Umbria does not offer itself to mere chance to the tourist. It is revealed only to the traveler who knows how to question it with respect.Its historic centers live surrounded by nature immersed in a rarefied atmosphere where the changing colors of the landscape are mixed with the smells of the delicacies of a cuisine that is rich but despite its apparent poverty.
The treasures of Umbria are not the stones of its villages but the story they tell and the emotions they evoke.The territory is very diverse and characterized by rolling hills, wide valleys crossed by major rivers like the Tiber on the Nera and mountain ranges of some importance. Lake Trasimeno in northwest and Lake Piediluco in the south then other are added the Corbara Lake and the Aviano Oasis. Man-made reservoirs that inevitably in Umbria have become perfectly integrated with the natural environment.Umbria's history is full of examples of this relationship between man and nature. Marmore Falls with his thunderous jump was built by the Roman consul Curio Dentato and is now one of the most attractive parks in Europe.Its cities Perugia, Terni, Foligno, Todi, Orvieto, Spoleto, Gubbio, Assisi, Spello, Norcia and many others, preserve priceless treasures of architecture and ancient art. They are masterpieces planning capable of transmitting clearly and synthetic complexity of human events and transformations of culture that handed down. Umbria is not only memory of the Middle Ages but a repertoire of artistic representations of different times to the modern and contemporary living in its many festivals and cultural events as well as in many large and small museums scattered throughout the territory.
To appreciate Umbria, the time is a most useful resource. The tourist traveler must have the time to stop in places and be able to divert the path because attracted by many faces of a reality that seduces and surprises.Umbria is a land of saints and ascetics and only along the endless trails connecting remote locations pilgrims can capture the spirit of the places that invite meditation and silence. Magnificent Benedictine abbeys surrounded by greenery. Small rural churches, hermitages, caverns, sanctuaries or simply kiosks that dot the area reproduce fine iconography depicting a multitude of saints often sourced locally as St. Francis, St. Benedict, St. Rita, St. Valentine, St. Clare, to name only the best known and loved.