Discover the Regions

Umbria

Overview

Situated between Tuscany and Lazio, Umbria provides a lesser known alternative to the more recognized regions that surround it.

Discover – An Escape from the Norm

Described as the green heart of Italy, the region provides a much-needed escape for both Italians and tourists alike, tired of vying for space with the rest of Europe. Its capital Perugia, a city steeped in history, replete with medieval palaces and squares, has now been complimented by a more vibrant University atmosphere along with a renown jazz festival every summer. This duality provides Perugia with a welcomed boost in its status among Italy’s tourist regions and a shelter for Romans or Florentines seeking a getaway.

Assisi, one of Umbria’s many medieval towns, provides a more spiritual retreat for travelers looking for a less wine centered experience. Home to the birthplace of Saint Francis, the town, centered around the Basilica of San Francesco, plays host to the Franciscan Path of Peace, a spiritual pilgrimage from Assisi to Gubbio.

A visit to Orvieto, a historic city perched atop the regions many hills, acts as a great day trip for those looking to see its ancient Gothic Cathedral as well as the now vacant papal residence.

Visit - Italy’s Green Heart

Outside of its medieval towns, Umbria provides a green wilderness seldom seen throughout the rest of Italy. Those visiting the region will be struck by the incredible interplay of rolling hills crisscrossed by flower covered meadows and Roman ruins overlooked by medieval castles. Nowhere is this more apparent than through Umbria’s contrasting architectural styles, with its Gothic cathedral in Orvieto to the Etruscan tombs spread across its green hills.

Within its verdant greenery, Umbria has become renowned for its viniculture. The communes of Orvieto and Montefalco, have become standout producers within the region, creating acclaimed varieties of white and red wines.

Taste - Earth’s Black Gold

The town of Amelia, famous for its figs, has given the region one of its most iconic dishes, Fichi Girotti, figs that are toasted and in turn filled with almonds and candied fruits. This sweet dish acts as a popular candy among the Umbrians.

Aside from its strong emphasis on wine culture, Umbria is also seen as the truffle capital of Italy. Hunting for truffles has provided a livelihood for generations of Umbrian families within the region and has become an integral part of its culture. Certain towns within Umbria can lay claim to having truffle hunters in their family for over a century. Taverna Del Lupo, set in the medieval town of Gubbio, specializes in dishes involving the prized mushrooms and provides a diverse array of dishes which incorporate black truffles.

Wines

Flagship wine grapes

  • Chardonnay
  • Grechetto
  • Merlot
  • Montepulciano
  • Procanico -Trebbiano Toscano
  • Sagrantino
  • Sangiovese

Flagship wine appellations

  • Montefalco di Sagrantino DOCG
  • Orvieto DOC
  • Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG
  • Umbria IGT

Activities

Wine-related activities in the region

  • Wine and food pairing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Discovery ride