Monuments and architecture, nature and landscape, religion and spirituality, wine and food: for all of these reasons Umbria is an extremely popular tourist destination that deserves being discovered and enjoyed in every aspect. But if you only have a few short days to visit, here are the 10 must-sees and dos in Umbria.
1 – Santa Maria degli Angeli
In Assisi, a large basilica erected to house and protect the smaller Porziuncola church, the third church protected by Saint Francis, the very heart and soul of Franciscanism.
2 – Rocca Paolina
A monumental fortress, built in 1500 incorporating the houses, turrets and roads of an entire neighbourhood. Today only the quaintest underground part remains, which is also one of the main pedestrian access-ways into Perugia.
3 – The Duomo of Orvieto
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, its gorgeous facade is famous around the world: you can admire it from up close or from afar, with its distinguishing profile that stands out from the rock.
4 – Santa Maria della Consolazione church
At the feet of the Todi hill, it is considered one of the symbols of renaissance architecture. Impressive and beautiful, you never get tired of admiring it, possibly sitting on the green grass that surrounds it.
5 – Ponte delle Torri bridge
In Spoleto, it was most likely built on the remains of an aqueduct. 230 metres long and approximately 80 meters high, it is an extremely impressive construction that stands out for its size and beauty.
6 – Trasimeno Lake
Fascinating, mysterious, home to precious naturalistic heritage, Trasimeno lake deserves a boat ride to admire the three islands, Maggiore, Minore and Polvese, but also a visit to the many typical towns along its shores.
7 – The Marmore Falls
Among the tallest in Europe, it is a rare and majestic sight to see. Characterised by three falls, dropping an overall 165 metres, it can be visited from the various routes and is located in the large Nera River park.
8 – Castelluccio
Part of the municipality of Norcia, it offers an unrivalled panorama, numerous sites of naturalist interest and is especially known for the spectacular Flowering season between June and July.
9 – The town of Spello
Umbria is also famous for its ancient towns, romantic and characteristic. These include the must-see Spello, marvellously perched on a hill and characterised by little lanes and stone houses.
10 – The vineyards of Montefalco
Wine is certainly one of Umbria’s specialities and the Sagrantino di Montefalco is particularly appreciated. It is therefore undoubtedly worth tasting a glass, maybe after visiting the magnificent vineyards where it is produced.