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What to see in Umbria

Umbria Attractions

Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis in the 12th century, and home to the incredible Basilica di San Francesco, one of Italy's most celebrated attractions, is the main draw for visitors to Umbria. It is a place with a palpably holy atmosphere, noted even by the non-religious, and the countless art treasures in the Basilica alone justify an Umbrian holiday. The medieval fortress town of Orvieto, just a short drive from Rome, is also a very popular destination in Umbria, as is the picturesque ancient town of Spoleto, established by the Romans in the 3rd century BC.

By contrast, the capital city of Perugia is not that well known among travellers despite being an ancient Etruscan settlement reputed in Italy as a centre for art and culture. Visitors to Perugia will find it a charming city, beautifully located, with many good museums and galleries. The city of Terni, in southern Umbria, also has much to offer, with a number of archaeological sites to explore. Terni is best known to travellers for the magnificent Cascata delle Marmore, an artificial waterfall created by the Romans which remains one of the tallest man-made waterfalls in the world. The Umbrian city of Gubbio, which predates the Roman Empire, also draws visitors with its historical attractions and lovely scenery.

Umbria is not as packed with tourists as some other regions of Italy, which allows visitors to sightsee in relative peace and enjoy the rustic, laid-back charms of the area without the crowds that can prove so frustrating in the big Italian cities. The best time to visit Umbria is in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn (April to May and September to October).


The picturesque hill town of Assisi, to the east of Perugia, is famous as the birthplace of St Francis, a 12th-century monk who founded the Franciscan order, devoted to achieving an 'abundance of the…

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Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi)

Located just 50 miles (80km) from the region of Umbria, the city of Genga's Frasassi Caves complex is considered to be one of the most wondrous in Italy. A remarkable karst cave system - that is, a…

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The medieval fortress town of Orvieto is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Umbrian countryside, just over an hour north of Rome by car and also accessible by train. The dramatically situated town,…

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The beautiful town of Spoleto was established by the Romans in the 3rd Century BC, and many Roman buildings, ruins and artefacts remain, including the Coliseum and the Church of San Salvatore, which…

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