Umbria is a magical place. In some ways spiritual both in its history and stunning landscapes which make it seem like Paradise is found. This is one of my particular favorites. I love the small hilltowns, each with its own character. The food is incredible – talk about farm to table. The Umbrians have been doing this for centuries!
Umbria was the land of the Etruscans, then part of the Roman Empire and gave rise to some of the earliest Christian churches outside of Rome. It is said that time stopped for the Umbrians in 1540 thus preserving the medieval feeling that exists throughout the region. We as travelers are the fortunate benefactors of experiencing of times passed in the modern day.
Festivals - With a rich history comes the opportunity to experience unique celebrations and the Umbrian calendar is full with lively festivals and events. Some of the most exciting include: Kalendimaggio in Assisi (May), the Infiorata in Spello (June), La Festa dei Ceri in Gubbio (May), Corpus Christi Procession in Orvieto (June), Umbria Jazz in Perugia (July)
The Umbrian culinary traditions hold strong in this landlocked country. Seafood will be difficult to come by but believe me, you won’t miss it. Local dishes include umbrichelli (a homemade pasta) with black truffles, wild boar, torta al testo (similar to foccacia), salami and other cured meats, porchetta and lots of fresh wild vegetables such as asparagus and greens. The flavors are simple and sublime and of course all pair perfectly with the local wines.
The stunning countryside vistas speak for themselves and although the photographs are beautiful, there is something downright magical about looking down into the valley from a hilltown that is perched high on the cliff. In the early morning the fog settles below creating a mystical experience while in the afternoon, the sun bathes the rolling hills in light and one can’t help but feel inspired and blessed.
Many important saints came from Umbria, and none more significant than Italy’s patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. Paying homage to the saints means the construction of magnificent structures that still draw millions of visitors each year.
If Umbria seems like the vacation you have been dreaming of, contact me and we can talk about planning a fabulous trip of a lifetime.