About a one hour drive North of Rome is Orvieto, known for its amazing white wine. It's a small city with lots to offer. We share some of our favourites. [...]
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Nature, history, art and big events: a multimedia journey through Umbria and the venues of the International Journalism Festival.
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The second leg of Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli's journey up the east coast takes them to the heart of Italy and the regions of Le Marche and Umbria. In the city of Urbino they visit the former palace of Federico da Montefeltro, a 15th-century scholar and commander of a private army who was one of the driving forces of the Italian Renaissance. In the Apennine Mountains, they explore the Grotte di Frassasone, one of the largest underground caves in the world, before heading to the Norcia Valley, where people have made delicious pork sausages and salamis for centuries.
One of the oldest castles in Italy is for sale. The Castel San Giuliano, portions of which date from the 11th century, is being sold along with six hectares, or 15 acres, of land, an ancient oratory, a tiny church, a farmhouse and two small houses or outbuildings that, like the rest of the compound, have fallen into such decline that it is all but impossible to determine their original use, though storage is a good bet. It is all available for 2.65 million euros, or $2.99 million. If that sounds like a lot of real estate for the price, consider this: None of the buildings are habitable. [...]
Sarah Phillips breaks her Wi-Fi habit at the Eremito, an Italian eco-hotel that mixes an aesthetic design with an ascetic lifestyle
The hotel is aimed at solo travellers, which means that even if you visit as a couple, you have to sleep apart. The nine-square-metre rooms or celluzze, based on monastic cells, are simple but impeccably designed. A desk and chair are cut out of the local stone which has been used to cave-like effect to build this hermit’s paradise. [...]
Castello di Postignano is an historic medieval fortified town, or borgo, that has been given new life by a passionate and dedicated team that has seen this remarkable restoration project through with meticulous attention to detail.
It is situated in the heart of Umbria, part of a constellation of enchanting towns and art treasures in the green, unspoilt setting of Valnerina. Here you will find sixty unique homes clustered around the tower and the frescoed church.
Discover this ancient and fascinating place by walking through the streets, up and down the steps and beneath the archways. The views are splendid. You will fall in love with this architectural gem and its unforgettable atmosphere and will want to own a home here. [...]
A real italian experience for entrepreneurial minds. In May 2015 (5th-10th) a group of entrepreneurs from around the world will get together at a sustainable farm in the beautiful nature of Umbria in Italy.
For 6 days they will get amazing network and friendships, feedback on their projects, join talks and sessions while getting an authentic italian experience.
This is an all included event, where you will eat real italian food (you can help make it and learn some tricks) while drinking the house wine. Enjoy the beautiful nature with likeminded, open and ambitious entrepreneurial minds.
The Trip Leader of this trip is Ben Keene, who is a seasoned british entrepreneur. Ben was the main figure in a documentary from BBC about the island Vorovoro, where he started an online community who ran the community of the island. Workaway is extremely proud to introduce Ben as a Trip Leader. [...]
It's like Tuscany 20 years ago. Here are some other places to put on your radar, and these are just a fraction of the options. (Also, it goes without saying that all are medieval, off the beaten path, and ridiculously picturesque).
Known as the “green heart of Italy,” for its fertile countryside, Umbria is at its gourmet best during the fall harvest season. With a focus on tradition, the beauty of Umbrian cuisine lies in its simplicity and quality ingredients. From truffle hunting to wine tasting, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of the season. [...]
Travel with Swide to find out the highlights of Italy: this time we take you to Umbria, the green land of beautiful landscapes.
Italy is regarded as a fairly small country, but as small as it may be there is a lot to see. Swide tells you what you can’t miss with our Travel Guide to Italy. This time we take you to Umbria. From Perugia to smaller towns here is what you can’t miss.
Located in central Italy, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries. Like the nearby Tuscany, the Region is known for its history, traditions and beautiful landscapes. Umbria is bordered by Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. Partly hilly and partly flat it has a variety of landscapes difficult to reach in other Regions. [...]
Every year we try and head over to Castelluccio where the famous lentils of Umbria are grown. One of the most famous centerpieces of the area is the Piano Grande, a huge 16 square kilometer plain surrounded by the barren Sibillini mountain range that once was a glacier lake. This entire area falls in the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, one of the most recently established Italian national parks, which is divided between Le Marche and Umbria. The Piano Grande attracts tourists from across the globe every spring and summer when the plains are covered in a breathtaking abundance of wildflowers called the fioritura. This area is also responsible for growing Umbria’s famous lentils, Lenticchie di Castelluccio, which are named for the small village that overlooks the plains. [...]
The landlocked Italian region has many attractions, including incredible art treasures
Finding your own patch of peace - and finding it on the cheap - isn't always easy in Italy. But fortunately for holidaymakers, Umbria isn't much like the rest of the country. The landlocked region between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio has art treasures to match anywhere on the peninsula - in Assisi and Perugia abovess all. [...]
Look down and you will discover an elaborate patchwork of geometric mosaics worked in a style called Cosmatesque after the Cosmati family in Rome. The Cosmati worked for four generations in the 13th century perfecting the of opus sectile — or cut work — technique, in which inlays of delicate triangles and rectangles of colored stone and glass mosaics are set into stone matrices or encrusted onto stone bases. The resulting work alternates bands and blocks of intricate mosaic with contrasting bands, guilloches (a repetitive architectural pattern), and simple geometric shapes of unadorned white marble. [...]
The last time I was in Cascia, Pino and I were warming frozen hands over steaming bowls of roveja soup at a January rural festival. On a recent visit there (May 22nd) “everything was coming up roses.” To put it another way, many of those heading there to celebrate the feast of Santa Rita had arms full of roses. Red ones. Santa Rita died in Cascia on May 22, 1457 in the Augustinian convent, having entered the religious life after the murder of her husband and the death of two sons. According to legend, the winter prior to her death she has asked for figs and a rose from the family garden in her home village of Roccaporena. Her fellow sisters – convinced she was delirious as snow covered the surrounding hills. – were astounded when a relative answering her request found a rose blooming in the garden. [...]
Umbria, has an ancient tradition of vine cultivation, and today, together with high quality wine production, offers a plethora of outstanding wines.
Umbria was included among the top 10 best wine travel destinations 2014 by the American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast.
Set in the centrally located province of Umbria, the cousin province of Tuscany, lies deep forests, wide glens and mystic waterfalls. Umbria is called the land of saints and magicians, it possesses a natural intrigue of ever deepening beauty and quiet corners of countryside.
An hour or so from Rome on the train will get one to the industrial city of Terni. It is a bit of civilization surrounded by the wild forests, but a town that is not lacking in attractions like boutique shops, pleasant churches, fascinating parks and ancient ruins. Tourism here is not as common for outsiders, but in summer one will see many Italians exploring the inner workings of their own countryside.[...]
Which are the places you must visit in Perugia? Marina gives you a list of 5 places you have not to be missed
“Che Sant’Antonio li benedica” (May St. Anthony bless them), an elderly signore murmured as he caressed the collies. Patron saint of animals – and also of the village of Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi – the 4th century Egyptian hermit saint is feted on January 17th throughout Italy with the blessing of the animals. Years ago when many more people farmed, I remember the array of geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, sheep, piglets, oxen, mules, and donkeys awaiting the blessing. The fauna variety is more limited nowadays. You’ll see dogs of every breed and size, many collared with the traditional red Sant’Antonio kerchiefs, cats, rabbits, a guinea pig, horses, and maybe a pair of the hefty white Chianina oxen. [...]
Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy. Less than 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits majestically high above the valley floor atop a big chunk of "tufo" volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted Umbrian plains. A visit here will reward you with a delightful, perfectly preserved, and virtually traffic-free world highlighted by a colorful-inside-and-out cathedral and some of Italy's best wine. [...]
Unlike cities such as Rome, Siena and Perugia, where his works are just a few gems amongst a collection of treasures, Spello distinguishes itself as the ideal place to understand the Works of the Master.
In order to highlight this aspect, we have incorporated it into the itineraries, starting with certain works by the artist and moving on to suggest others. A slow approach that extends the tour to the narrow streets, shops, mills and monuments, preferably to be enjoyed on foot and in thematic form. In a landscape of significant environmental value, at the foothills of Mount Subasio, visitors will discover a lively old town with an architectural substance not unlike that of the Renaissance period. They’ll discover the hidden secrets of this ancient village, which is rightly considered to be one of Italy’s most picturesque. [...]
John Bensalhia begins his monthly look at some interesting and notable events, shows and exhibitions taking place in Italy.
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Two night's sleep and one-and-a-half days of touring now in the rearview mirror, our band of merry media -- guests of Insight Vacations' "Country Roads of Italy" journey around Umbria and Tuscany -...
"It’s a leisurely stroll that takes us inside landmark churches and past Roman and Etruscan ruins, bustling Piazza del Commune and the Temple of Minerva, artisan food shops, art galleries and open-air cafes, and ends at a lush greenbelt that leads down to the impressive Basilica of St. Francis."