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What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria?

Located in the heart of Italy, it is rich in history and traditions. Also very rich in nature and postcard-worthy landscapes, with its green hills, charming medieval villages, archaeological sites, spiritual places and great traditions of enogastronomy. Each city, each village, has its peculiarities, its jewels to be admired.

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What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria?

Umbria is a land rich in magic, where nature combines perfectly with the precious architectural works created by man. Umbria is a region full of curiosities and traditions, very much anchored to its past, which does not forget to celebrate with many events throughout the year. Let’s find out which are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


The beautiful region, located in the heart of Italy, is rich in history and traditions . Previously, it was part of the Pontifical States, which helped to give the classic medieval style to the entire region. In fact, the region holds many small villages, architectural jewels perched between the Apennine Mountains and the gentle green hills.

The best way to see this region is to get in the car and take a walk between the towns and cities, taking the time to take walks in the woods and mountains to discover forts and sanctuaries hidden in nature. There is no sea here, however, there are medieval villages, mountains, lakes and a simple and genuine culinary tradition, which makes this region really interesting. Umbria, the lung of Italy!

1) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? PERUGIA

You can definitely start from Perugia , a splendid city, with its beautiful Duomo (Cathedral) on the main square and its winding, charming streets. It is the largest city in Umbria, with Etruscan and medieval roots. Named to be Capital of Culture 2019, Perugia, which holds many artistic and monumental treasures, attracts thousands of tourists every year. Home to one of the oldest Italian universities, the city offers a variety of beautiful and interesting places to visit.

Its Attractions

T he heart of the city is at the end of a series of medieval staircases and alleys . The Fontana Maggiore (“Major Fountain”), the Cathedral of St Lawrence and the Palace of the Priors dominate the Piazza IV Novembre (“November 4th Square”), which is located above the hill, way to the old town. Then, a walk through Corso Vannucci, which is full of shops and pubs, leads to Rocca Paolina, a fortress that was the papal symbol in the late 800s. Be sure to try the famous ‘baci Perugina’ chocolates. TIPS ON PERUGIA?

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2) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? GUBBIO

The second place to see in Umbria is Gubbio, a charming city that has preserved the historic center intact and presents itself as a medieval citadel, both for the structure of the buildings and for the city plan, composed of five parallel streets connected by stairs and alleys. TIPS ON GUBBIO?

Its Attractions

T he main attractions of this city are the famous Piazza Grande (“Great Square”) with the Gothic Palace of the Consuls and the Doge’s Palace. There are also many scattered churches in the city, among which is the Duomo (Cathedral), which is well worth a visit. Passing the ancient city walls, you will reach the Basilica of Saint Ubald, from where you will have a spectacular view.

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3) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? ASSISI

Another Umbrian city that needs no introduction is Assisi, the city of St Francis . It is one of the most famous places in the region, a sure destination for pilgrims, as well as a spiritual center. Located on top of Mount Subasio, it has a privileged position and a beautiful view. The Basilica of St Francis is a masterpiece of architecture and art because the interior was entirely hand-painted by different artists, including Giotto. The Eremo delle Carceri (“Hermitage of Prisons”) and Porziuncola are also worth a visit. TIPS ON ASSISI?

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In addition, despite not being included in the list of 10 cities, I want to mention briefly another famous city for religious tourism . Guess which is it? Obviously, it is Cascia, a small town in Umbria, in the countryside, in the province of Perugia, best known for being where Saint Rita lived. Thousands of believers visit it every year on pilgrimage of the Saint, to look for signs of her life, faith and miracles in these places. To learn more about Cascia, visit the following link, WHAT TO VISIT IN CASCIA?

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4) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? ORVIETO

Another unique and beautiful place is Orvieto. The city is on a tuff cliff, which rises from the landscapes below. In addition to being a naturalist, the town has very important cultural and historical levels, because it mixes Etruscan, Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural remains. TIPS ON ORVIETO?

Its Attractions

Orvieto is built on a cliff of volcanic origin and, since ancient times . Other highlights include the many craft shops, with beautiful ceramic works by the many local artisans. , has been a city of great prestige, especially from the 9th century BC when, with the advent of Etruscan civilization , it enjoyed a period of great splendor and became the center of the vast territory of Etruria. Among other things, it also shows itself as a popular tourist city, a destination for many visitors, rich in monuments and places of great artistic value, such as the Papal Palace and Piazza del Popolo (“People’s Square”), in addition to the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, considered a true symbol of the city.Of course, in addition to those already mentioned, there is also the beautiful Duomo (Cathedral) of Orvieto

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5) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? NORCIA

For food lovers, it is advisable to go to Norcia, located in the mountains of Sibillini. It is an attractive city and is famous for typical Umbrian flavors with unique tastes such as truffles, sausages and the award-winning ham. The artistic heritage of the city has undergone the various seismic events that have occurred over the centuries, which have made it even more interesting and full of life. Seismic destruction does not disperse historical evidence from the pre-Roman past. The artistic and monumental center of the city is around the central square and speaks of its flourishing revival through the monuments and palaces present. TIPS ON NORCIA?

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6) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? SPOLETO

Now it is the turn of a village that has some reputation, both for the collection of historical sites (in fact, the city combines Roman origins that meet medieval origins), as well as for its cultural events; we’re talking about Spoleto. Located at the southern end of the Umbrian Valley, the city of Spoleto offers visitors a rich monumental heritage, set among green hills and ancient forests. In addition to its historic center, among the largest in Italy, Spoleto is fascinating for its extraordinary cultural vitality and for its high-level events. TIPS ON SPOLETO?

Its Attractions

The symbol of the city of Spoleto, but also the site of the famous Festival of the Two Worlds, is the Duomo or the Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption, one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. T he interior of the cathedral is rich in works of art, among which the fresco cycle by Filippo Lippi, the frescoes in the Chapel Eroli, by Pinturicchio, and also a letter signed by St. Francis of Assisi, which he presented with a tavoleta , as a symbol of peace, Frederico Barbarossa for the city of Spoleto.

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7) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? Lake Trasimeno

In addition to the historic beauty of the cities in Umbria , you can also visit places of natural beauty, charming, such as Lake Trasimeno, where you can also practice sports and recreational activities, or bathe in the Marmore waterfalls, which with a ticket at an affordable price, offer a stunning view of the landscape. In these places, you can enjoy both the wonderful nature and enjoy a rejuvenating rest. TIPS ON THE LAKE?

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8) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? SPELLO

Then we arrive at Spello, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. In addition to the beautiful streets and medieval architecture of the houses and palaces, to make it especially pleasant, there are also stone balconies full of flowers. The latter are also the subject of a famous presentation at the Corpus Christi festival, a period when they assemble carpets of real flowers, which decorate the village in a spectacular way. TIPS ON SPELLO?

Its Attractions

Nestled in the hills and overlooking a valley, i t is undoubtedly the ideal place to look for a little relaxation. Spello is the village that rises between Assisi and Foligno, the Franciscan places. The city is situated on a spur of Mount Subasio, just slightly above the plain. The city is built with pink limestone from the same mountain, which makes it shine with an incredible color at sunset, which is why it is called ‘the pink Umbrian stone’. It still maintains the signs of a long history: the origins of Umbria, its full bloom in the Roman era, the evolution of the medieval city, even the great masterpieces of the Renaissance. Corpus Christi, as I said before, in Spello, is celebrated in a very special way;the streets and squares of the city are full of colors and aromas of floral carpets, composed of ‘real paintings’, made with flower petals, called Infiorata di Spello.

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9) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? TODI

At this point, you will visit one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, located in the beautiful medieval town of Todi , the People’s Square. The heart of the medieval and modern city is the area of ​​the Roman Forum. All the buildings of secular and religious power, such as the Palazzo del Popolo (or Podesta), the Palazzo del Capitano and the Palazzo dei Priori, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, are at this square, and, at the opposite end, is the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Annunziata (“Most Holy Mary of Annunciation”). Its floor is supported, in fact, by monumental cisterns built in Roman times, with the function of supporting the overlapping area of ​​the forum, the public square of the old Tuder center.TIPS ON TODI?

Its Attractions

The Roman cisterns, valuable works of hydraulic engineering, had the task of supplying water to the hill. They are part of a route of a fascinating underground walk, which leads you to discover the dense network of wells, tunnels and reservoirs of various periods. To appreciate their beauty and their colors completely, it is advisable to visit them in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its maximum brightness and is able to exalt the white stone with which the public buildings were built. Perhaps you can see them during an aperitif, sipping a glass of DOC wine, taking advantage of the customs and the calm and slow rhythms of typical Italian small towns, which use the squares as places of passage, parking, meeting and socialization.

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10) What are the ten must-see cities in Umbria? TERNI

We end this tour of Umbria talking about another regional capital, the city of Terni. Even though it now has a modern and dynamic structure, due to its industrial development, it maintains some of its old cities and many ducal palaces, old churches and green, natural landscapes to visit. Walking through the center you can see the alternation of modern buildings, built after the bombing during World War II, mixed, certainly, with the oldest ones. TIPS ON TERNI?

Its Attractions

The oldest monument in the city is San Salvatore, which appears in a pre-existing Roman construction, the Romanesque Sant’Alò Church and that of Saint Peter, with its arches and its interesting cloister. Another sacred monument in the center of Terni is the Church of St Francis. Initially an ‘imitation’ of the Basilica of Assisi, the church was later enlarged and preserves important works of art, such as the Paraiso chapel and frescoes with scenes from the last judment, by Bartolomeo di Tommaso. Worthy of tourist interest are the Cathedral or the Church of St Mary of the Assumption and the Cathedral of the Diocese of Terni. Centrally located in the square of the same name, you can admire the organ designed by Bernini, a painting by Guido Reni and flamenco art inside it.Also very interesting is the crypt where Dom Anastacio’s tomb is located. In Terni, too, there is the Basilica of St Valentine, which houses the body of the saint, elected today the world patron of lovers.


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