Exploring the Green Heart of Italy: Umbria
Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert
Località Torre di Montefalco, 06036 Montefalco PG, Italy
While I visited more than my fair share of wineries on my Umbrian tour of the Strada de Sagrantino, Cantina Arnaldo Caprai was by far the winery with the widest variety of wines and vintages--clearly one of the advantages of being one of the...
06036 Montefalco, Province of Perugia, Italy
Known as the balcony of Umbria because of it's location on top of a hill--Montefalco (much like a balcony) is an ideal place to take in sweeping views of the surrounding area, and get a grip on what Umbria looks like from a distance. The hill-top...
Piazza Inferiore di S. Francesco, 2, 06081 Assisi PG, Italy
The Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi is the Catholic mother church of the Franciscan Order and is an important Christian pilgrimage site. Partially destroyed in the 1997 earthquake the restoration is complete. After visiting the Giotto and...
06031 Bevagna, Province of Perugia, Italy
Wander the cobblestone streets of this medieval Italian city and tour the workshops of traditional craftspeople like paper-makers, candle-makers and weavers. Hand-dipped candles, as well as artisan-quality paper and fabrics make great gifts and...
Località Casale, 1, 06036 Montefalco PG, Italy
Amazing wineries boasting flavorful Sagrantino wines abound in Umbria, but Perticaia was one of my favorites for the beautiful scenery and top notch wine made from hand-harvested grapes. Owner Guido Gauardigli was a great guide. Arrange a tour...
Macerata, Province of Macerata, Italy
When in Umbria's large national park, take a donkey ride to help ease the stress of a long hike. Not only will you be able to observe endangered wildlife like birds and wolves in comfort, but you'll feel like you're the only person on the planet...
Vocabolo Cascata, 05100 Marmore TR, Italy
When near Terni, stop by this man made waterfall created by the ancient Romans. The controlled water flow is used to power the surrounding area so best to arrive in the early morning when the falls are at their most powerful.
Via Garibaldi, 48, 06089 Torgiano PG, Italy
Le Tre Vaselle in Torgiano is restored 17th residence---the rooms are outfitted with traditional furniture and both the room I stayed in, and a second room the staff were kind enough to show me were spacious--bigger than many of the apartments...
06089 Torgiano, Province of Perugia, Italy
Torgiano is a quiet place, ideal for strolling city streets without the worry of crowds of tourists or the vendors that follow them. While you're there, check out sites like the 13th century Torre di Guardia, San Bartolomeo church, and my personal...
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