Umbria, often referred to as “the green heart” of Italy is a treasure trove for exploration. It is home to beautiful Umbria, with its fertile landscapes, olive groves and seductive vineyards. It’s easy to fall for the tourist traps. It’s much harder to find the real treasures in the region. We have been there, so we know what it is like to be there again. Each one offers something different and special. We have everything you need, whether you are looking for beauty or history or culture.
1. Spellbinding Spello
Umbria is a beautiful postcard, it’s clear. Just when you think you have seen everything, you come across Spello. It is undoubtedly Umbria’s most beautiful town. There is something truly magical about its charm. Spello is a beautiful town with its rich architecture, winding streets and churches.
It is a great town. We recommend that you visit during the summer. The warm weather is what showcases the honey-coloured homes you see on Google images. Let’s not forget about the endless supply of florals. The freshness of flowers is tangible – it’s heavenly!
2. Grounded Gubbio
This medieval town, which is both imposing and angular, is unlike any other in Umbria. The buildings in this oldest town are very gothic, and the architecture exudes tradition.
It is a beautiful old town. You can find products related to leather, iron, and gold at quirky stalls or craft shops. Although it may sound like another market, these stalls and craft shops are rare and locals are eager to share their stories.
Melt in your mouth truffles will set your taste buds ablaze. They can be used on almost everything, trust us!
3. Tasty Torgiano
This one is for foodies. Torgiano is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards upon vines. It produces the finest extra-virgin olive oils and smooth, peppery red wines. The Museo del Vino is the perfect place to learn about this small town’s gastronomic history. It is the most qualified wine museum in Italy, guaranteeing a great glass of wine.
Torgiano retains its medieval appearance and remains of its ancient walls. Baglioni Tower is a must-see if you are visiting Torgiano. It is well worth taking a few pictures of the guard tower.
4. Tantisling Todi
Todi, perched high on a hilltop above the flowing River Tiber, looks like something from a fairytale. This charming town is attracting more tourists every day but it has remained untouched by tourism.
A slice of Umbrian life. What better way to indulge than in slow-cooked pigeon with a dry, delicate white wine? Todi is a great base for exploring Umbria. Montefalco, Perugia and other towns are just a short drive away.
5. Medieval Montone
Montone is located in Perugia. This village has remained the same throughout the years. That’s what makes it unique. It is Umbrian-esque to the tee, but provides a pleasant escape from the city.
Because Montone is centrally located, visitors can be close to the action. You won’t be disappointed if it’s architecture or history, ruins and art, or scenery that you are looking for.
6. Charming Citerna
This Umbrian village is located at the border to Tuscany, and only a short drive away from Arezzo, the hipster city. It’s a win for location. Did you know that Citerna won the ‘Borghi piu Belli d’Italia’ beauty award?
Its medieval charm is what gives it its beauty; the typical streets, stone buildings, and city gates are all part of its beauty. The Camminamento Medievale is a must-see in Citerna. It is a medieval arcade that leads to the Middle Ages. This passageway offers both a romantic and informative stroll through the arches. The Basilica di San Francesco is second on our list, and it is Umbria’s greatest glory.
7. Orvieto Outgoing
Orvieto, a small village located in Umbria’s northernmost region, is the winner for its exceptional location. There’s no reason to not visit the main railway connecting Rome and Florence. It is a beautiful town, and no matter how you arrive, the stunning views of the volcanoes will make you stop dead in your tracks.
The 14th-century Roman Catholic Cathedraldedicated the Virgin Mary is one of the main attractions. The incredible facade is worth seeing, no matter what your views are about religion. The exterior and interior took over 300 years to create.