TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
1| Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia
Castelluccio di Norcia and the Piano Grande (great plain) is a glorious place to visit in the seasons of spring and summer. Catch the first sight of bloom in March and watch as the red of the poppies, white of the daisies and the blue hues of the Eugeniae violets cover the landscapes. The small town of Castelluccio di Norcia is situated in the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini and a trip here is like taking a step back in time to olden day Italy.
2| See the Orvieto Cathedral
This vast and impressive 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral is located in the scenic town of Orvieto. The town and the cathedral are built on a hill of volcanic rock overlooking the green plains of Umbria and if you’re not up for the picturesque hike, buses or taxis can take you there and back from surrounding towns.
3| Visit Spoleto
Spoleto is an ancient city in central Umbria, set on the foothill of the Apennines. It has a wonderful mix of Roman history, tourist attractions and modern culture; summer brings the annual ‘Festival dei Due Mondi’ with music, theatre and dance and the rest of the year offers a great atmosphere with lively bars, restaurants and events. Some key points of interest include Casa Romana (dating back to the first century AD) and Giro dei Condotti for its incredible views.
4| Hike the Olive Road
If you’re looking to explore Umbria on foot, take a day to hike the ‘Road of Olives’ from Spoleto to the stunning town of Assisi. You can take the olive grove path on foot or by mountain bike; both ways are just as thrilling and filled with the most spectacular scenery. If you’re lucky, you may catch the Azienda Agricola Ragani open and you can taste some of the famous olives.
5| Wine Tasting in Assisi
The town of Assisi is renowned for its olive groves, vineyards and wineries. So foodies will be in their element in this little piece of the Umbrian puzzle. Get a wine tour and tantalise your taste buds with the flavours of the wide range of Assisi blended reds, whites and rose wines. Taste the refreshing Assisi Bianco white or the Sangiovese Assisi Rosso which is blended with Merlot.
6| Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria
The National Gallery of Umbria houses some of the finest Italian art in the world. Spread across 23 incredible galleries in the Palazzo dei Priori, this is a must for anyone who enjoys classical art. Located in the region’s capital Perugia, the Galleria Nazionale is simply not to be missed.
7| Explore the Capital
Perugia is the capital of Umbria; filled with history and architectural beauty, this city is the epitome of romance. And Perugia offers all the culture and atmosphere of Umbria’s neighbouring regions – but without all the tourists. So if you’re looking a lively piece of Italy that’s off the beaten path, spend a few nights exploring Perugia. Soak up the electric atmosphere of Palazzo dei Priori or enjoy authentic Umbrian cuisine at the many cafes and restaurants around the main square.
8| See the Medieval Town of Todi
Todi is one of the most charming destinations in the region of Umbria. Set on the top of a hill overlooking the Tiber Valley, this sleepy medieval town will take you back in time to a whole other world. Go to the Piazza del Popolo at sunset for an electric atmosphere, see the impressive cathedral, and walk the steps of the Palazzo del Capitano.
9| Visit Montefalco
There are a number of smaller towns in Umbria (including Bevagna, Spello, Trevi) and Montefalco is one of them; perhaps the best one if you had to choose. This walled town has been branded the “Balcony of Umbria” by locals and tourists alike because of the spectacular views – so if you’re looking to capture a postcard panorama, this is where you need to be.
10| Stay in the Grey City
Gubbio is known as the “Grey City” due to being built on calcareous stone and it’s said to be the most ancient part of the whole region. So if the medieval streets of Todi aren’t enough to satisfy you, be sure to spend a night in the famous Grey City. Gubbio is home to a number of luxury hotels, all with incredible views of the city and surrounding hills – and you will find a number of chic and stylish restaurants, cafes and bars in “The Big Square” (Piazza Grande).