Umbria is one of the smaller regions of Italy. Primarily a mountainous region, located north east of Tuscany, Umbria is a country of contrasts, combining both medieval and modern architecture, and featuring both urban and rural character in equal measure. People go here for very different reasons. Some like the constant bustling of the city, while others seek this place as their haven of tranquillity.
Umbria is a beautiful land that is home to architectural wonders such as medieval castles, fortresses, watch towers, and monasteries. One of the most popular attractions is the Albornoz Fortress, located on top of Narni. The fortress was built in 1367 and provides a spectacular view of river Nera. The Priori Palace (Palazzo dei Priori) is a medieval palace worthy of a visit. It was constructed during the medieval age, and still remains to be a tourist favourite.
Castles are structures that are often associated with power and mystique, and as a powerful, mysterious destination, Umbria is naturally home to one of the most magnificent castles in the world. The Rocca Maggiore, built in 1174 as a feudal castle, is located in Assisi. One can take a tour and see its magnificent rooms. Since it has been restored, it had been a popular venue for art exhibits, to the delight of the patron of the arts and curious visitors.
Duomo, a cathedral in Orvieto, is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful structures. The Duomo is known for its polychrome facade and elegantly shaped windows. The gothic theme makes this cathedral one of the most interesting sites in Umbria. Another house of worship worth seeing is the Basilica di San Francesco. This church pays tribute to St. Francis of Assisi, and is one of the famous churches in the area. It features a well sculpted landscape and walls adorned with water colour mural paintings.
Umbria also has a colourful nightlife. You can sip some fine local wine or get to experience exceptional live jazz music. For those who enjoy clubbing, one great stop is Velvet Discoteca, located in Perugia. Also in Perugia is Red Zone, a popular place for those looking for an authentic American clubbing experience. For those who love the theatre, the Communal Theatre Todi is highly recommended.
Umbria has plenty to offer. Even the most mundane activities are made more spectacular just by being in this amazing city. One such experience worth seeing is the incomparable Umbrian sunset, always one of the highlights of any visit to this remarkable region, whatever the time of year.
Main attractions: Albornoz Fortress, Priori Palace, Rocca Maggiore, Duomo, Basilica di San Francesco, Communal Theatre Todi
Budget for one week: €800
Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended
Official language: Italian
Area: 280 sq mi
- Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
- Primary Socket Type: Italian; others sometimes found: Europlug
- Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
- 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
- Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter