10 good reasons to discover Umbria
Umbria is a region of extraordinary beauty, with its countryside, forests, mountains, lakes, rivers and all its picturesque villages perched on the hills. The incredible cultural and artistic heritage of this region lives in its small towns, in the beautiful monasteries, ancient squares, and in the archaeological findings of inestimable value that scatter Umbrian territory. Holidays in Italy? Here are 10 good reasons to visit Umbria. Get ready for a trip that will leave a mark in your heart.
1. Umbria is the greenest region of Italy. Much of the land is protected natural reserve. Umbrian fauna consists of several species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals, some of them endangered. The symbol of the fauna of Umbria is the wolf.
2. Do you love history? This region was inhabited since the Paleolithic from Umbrian and Etruscan and later by the Romans. Throughout the territory, important archaeological ruins testify that past.
3. Umbria is an open-air museum of Christianity. Actually, it was the region that saw the birth of the first monastic orders. Art and religion have always been inseparable in the history of this territory that has kept alive those expressions of medieval and Renaissance culture.
4. It is a favorite destination of gourmets and foodies, thanks to its local production of wines, oils, meats and truffles.
5. Umbria is a paradise for hikers and trekkers. Walk till reaching its tiny villages clinging to the slopes of the hills and reward yourself upon arrival with a glass of good wine.
6. If you like water sports, visit the Lake Trasimeno. It's a well known tourist area, a suitable place for families for children and teens. You can practice many sports there: windsurfing, tennis, golf and even skydiving from the nearby skydiving school.
7. Must see in this region is the Marmore waterfalls, a wonder of nature, and a masterpiece of engineering. The waterfall was in fact created by the Romans in the third century BC, to drain the river Velino.
8. Don't think of Umbria as only a summer destination. During the cold season this region has a lot to offer. The Apennine Mountains are a great destination for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Among the most visited places in the ski season, there are Forca Canapine near Norcia, Pian delle Macinare close to Costacciaro, Valsorda in Gualdo Tadino area.
9. Umbria hosts important music events such as Umbria Jazz, the biggest jazz festival in Italy with global resonance. The artists taking part come from every country in the world. James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Elton John, Earth Wind and Fire and many others participated over several years in this event.
10. During October, Perugia, a beautiful town in Umbria, becomes the capital of chocolate in Europe. The streets of the old town are crowded with stands of the largest producers of chocolate. A great show of chocolate sculptures the adorn the city center during the festival.
Nature, art, history, archaeology, sports, culture and gastronomy: Here's what your holiday in Umbria reserve. Get inspired by this green region, discover a land that will remain in your heart forever.