Green Heart of Italy
Renowned for its untouched landscape, history and artistic legacy, Umbria is a perfect destination for holidays. Knownas the green heart of Italy because of its rich nature, Umbria has a unique identity as a result of millennia of civilization that left dense layers of memory and timeless masterpieces. It is possible to find ancient winding streets, surrounded by magnificent palaces and castles. Dotted with medieval towns and silent hermitages, the Umbrian hills offer fascinating sceneries which inspired many artists such as the famous actor Benigni for the movie “La vita è bella”, the photographer Steve McCurry with the exhibit of “Sensational Umbria”.
The main city is Perugia located 164 km northwards from Rome. It is a well-known cultural and artistic center with famous Renaissance artists such as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Raffaello and many others.
Among other things Perugia is known for its chocolates and for many cultural and musical events such as Umbria Jazz, Eurochocolateand the University for Foreigner.Terni is the second city in Umbria and is at mere 7 km from Marmore Waterfalls, the highest artificial waterfall in Europe – the ideal place for those who want to regenerate body and soul.
Perugia is close to another important city of Umbria: Assisi, anUnesco World Heritage site and the native town of St. Francis of Assisi. The Basilica of San Francis of Assisi and other Franciscan sites are full ofGiotto and Cimabue masterpieces for one to admire.
A trip to Umbria would not be complete without enjoying its food, wine and olive oil. “Strade del Vino”, the breathtaking wine trails that include sites of historical and artistic interest, is a good starting point to discover all the secrets of the art of wine-making.