Things to do in Umbria...
A while back, the Perugia council started building a roundabout but they had to stop because they found an Etruscan tomb. As there was no money to keep the tomb open all year round a key was given to the local grocer who now proudly lets visitors inside, all they have to do is ask. Asking questions in Umbria, such as ‘posso provare?' at the market always unlocks a few doors as well as a chance to practise your Italian.
Walking in Umbria takes you over waves of wooded hills and valleys with Monte Subasio and the Sibellini Mountains providing endless paths and trails amongst Italy’s Central Apennines. Poppies, peonies and peaceful piazzas provide a seemingly permanent companion to a rural walk in Umbria with hilltop towns, such as Montefalco, Bevagna and Cannara, on the Topino River, highlighting the region’s dedication to art, religion and preserving the past.
There’s no way you can contemplate Italy without mentioning the ‘c word’ and if you’re longing to cycle to the lakes, vineyards and Gothic cathedrals of Italy’s only landlocked region then go for it but don’t underestimate the undulations. Poggio delle Corti to Perugia, Assisi to Bevagna, Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco, the Nera and Tiber Rivers; Umbria does more than rival its nearest neighbours, it pedals past them to a point of no return.