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UnTouring Umbria: A Local Expert’s Guide to Italy’s Undiscovered Countryside

Travel Tips

August 8, 2023 by Alexa Steele

Umbria is a small region of Italy that brings great emotions to life. Rich in small towns and an amazing natural, artistic and cultural heritage, it is considered the “mystical” region of Italy.

Part of the allure of embarking on an UnTour is the privilege of having access to our exceptional UnGuides—knowledgeable locals who provide on-site support, ensuring your journey is enriched with authentic experiences. Originally from the charming mountain town of Avezzano in Abruzzo, Caterina is your dedicated UnGuide in Umbria. Having made Perugia her home since her college days, she is deeply rooted in the region and delights in sharing her love and insights with travelers.

Caterina invites you to explore this quiet region’s hidden gems, as she unveils some of the must-visit destinations that make Umbria a true haven for UnTourists.

Perugia: A Tale of Centuries

Perugia, the capital of Umbria, stands as a living testament to the passage of time. Its streets and alleys tell a story that spans Etruscan, Roman, medieval, and Renaissance eras. Perched upon two picturesque hills, this city is home to one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Its stunning architecture, vibrant cultural scene, and historical significance make it a can’t-miss destination for UnTourists.

Assisi & Spoleto: Spirituality and Culture

Venturing beyond Perugia, you’ll encounter Assisi and Spoleto. Assisi is a small town forever linked to the legacies of St. Francis and St. Clare, who left an indelible mark on its cobblestone streets. It exudes a spiritual aura that resonates through the ages. Spoleto is a city adorned with Roman, Lombard, and medieval elements. Just like Perugia, it boasts a wealth of historical and artistic treasures. You won’t want to miss the internationally renowned summer festival, the Festival of the Two Worlds.

nuns in the mythical city of Assisi

Natural Wonders

Marmore Falls Nature Park is a must-stop during a vacation in Umbria. Its beauty has been described over the centuries by poets and writers, such as Pliny, Dante and William Turner. Even today, it continues to fascinate those who visit it each year.

Meanwhile, Lake Trasimeno is surrounded by the lush hills between Umbria and Tuscany and is an ideal destination both for hiking and art visits in the footsteps of Perugino, the most important Umbrian Renaissance painter.

And in late spring (from May to July) the great plain at the foot of the Sibillini Mountains is transformed into an impressive palette of colors. It is the flowers in the lentil fields in bloom, and the moment when nature shows off all its creativity.

A Culinary Odyssey: Tasting Umbria

When it comes to cuisine, Umbria delights in simplicity, allowing the true flavors of its ingredients to shine. Meat takes center stage in many dishes and often serves as a flavorful pasta condiment, sometimes accompanied by the region’s famous truffles. However, they also cook with a rich variety of legumes: lentils, black chickpeas, roveja, fagiolina, cicerchia and many others. You’ll also find fresh eggless pasta, spelt and other ancient grains, cheeses and sheep’s milk ricotta, and homemade sweets for dipping in wine.

Sagrantino di Montefalco: A Wine with Character

Speaking of wine, no exploration of Umbria is complete without indulging in its remarkable Sagrantino di Montefalco. Known for its intensity, concentration, and aging potential, it is a testament to the region’s viticultural mastery. A sip of this distinguished wine is a journey through centuries of winemaking excellence.

Embark on your Umbrian Odyssey with Caterina and UnTours

When you choose an UnTour of Umbria, you’re not just selecting a travel package – you’re embracing a unique opportunity to explore, connect, and forge lasting memories under the expert guidance of Caterina. Let her unveil the hidden charms, the untold stories, and the genuine essence of Umbria, ensuring that your journey transcends the ordinary and becomes an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime. Let the heart of Italy’s mystical region open its arms to welcome you like an old friend.