Umbria is rich with unspoilt valleys, safe paths through centuries-old olive groves and fine vineyards: a varied land with wide plains, rolling hills, mountains and intensely blue lakes. Visiting this region is like time-travelling! Villages like Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Spoleto and Bevagna have preserved so much of their medieval character through the centuries. Narrow alleyways with the typical stone houses and little balconies are adorned with hanging baskets exploding with coloured flowers. In Montefalco ancient vines still creep their way between the dry stone walls of the villagers’ vegetable gardens.
Umbria takes you back in time! This green region with its picturesque towns has remained intact over the centuries. We only mention a few… Assisi, Spello, Montefalco, Perugia, Gubbio and Orvieto, all with evocative small streets with steps, brightened up by colourful flower boxes and interspersed with squares where the residents meet to exchange their latest news. Walking through these towns you can savour the stately city palaces, old churches decorated with frescoes by famous artists such as Giotto, Cimabue, Benozzo Gozzoli, Simone Martini, and the sudden vistas over the green valleys and surrounding hills covered with olive groves and vineyards.
But visiting Umbria is also a culinary tour, involving gourmet meals with special dishes and products typical to the local area: olive oil drizzled on toasted wood-baked bread, cheese boards including the local sheep’s’ milk cheese, platters of cold meats from Norcia, pasta wafting with the aroma of truffles, freshly baked pizza and bread. All of this matches perfectly with glasses of excellent red and white wine, such as the Sagrantino di Montefalco and Grechetto, which are famous all over the world for their quality.