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A visit to Umbria is as much about an encounter with a culture and a way of life as the observation of a beautiful place.
Umbrians are of course proud of their past and the buildings and monuments which are part of their world. But anyone who lives in Umbria quickly absorbs the pride that Umbrians take in the routines of daily life; the time taken to be with families, the time tending the gardens, the time spent within their communities and of course the time taken over food.
Umbrians celebrate life at every opportunity. There are festivals celebrating:
There may be wonderful opportunities to share these celebrations in Umbria and so take time to check whether there are local festivals happening during your visit.
Your visit to Umbria is an opportunity to genuinely experience this life-style, to discover your inner snail and to have time to do as Umbrians do, whether walking on Sundays for the weekly passeggiata or taking time each morning to visit a café for coffee.
The region is mostly mountainous and hilly and presents a landscape rich in woods and water resources. It is crossed by the Apennines, which form numerous valleys. This region has a comparatively large lake: the Trasimeno.
Cities: Perugia is the regional capital. Other important cities are Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi, Spoleto,Terni.
In Umbria the traces of the Etruscan civilization are remarkable, as visitors can see in Todi, Bettona, Orvieto and Perugia. Both Spello and Spoleto have important Roman remains and other important Roman sites can be found in Assisi and Gubbio. The Romanesque architecture thrived in this region at the beginning of the twelfth century: some beautiful examples are the Cathedrals of Spoleto and Assisi and St. Silvestro and St. Michele in Bevagna. The Gothic style reached very high levels, and imposing examples are present in almost every city. Renaissance buildings can be seen in magnificent monuments in Perugia, Gubbio and Todi.
In Perugia there is the NATIONAL GALLERY OF UMBRIA, which is one of the most important exhibition of the Gothic painting, with masterpieces by Duccio di Boninsegna, Beato Angelico, Piero della Francesca. THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF UMBRIA houses a splendid and very rich Etruscan collection. Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, one of the greatest figures of Christianity, has the superb Basilica of San Francesco with the world famous Giotto’s frescoes, showing in 28 splendid paintings the life of the Saint; the Pinacoteca Civica and the Cathedral’s Museum. Spoleto has the Gallery of Contemporary Art. In Gubbio there is the Civic Museum, which holds the famous “Eugubine tables”: seven bronze plates, from the second century B.C. Foligno can offer the tourists the Archaeologic Museum and the Pinacoteca Civica.
Umbria is rich in history and in nature and there is no shortage of outings:
Visit www.bellaumbria.it for further information on Umbria.
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