Atmosphere is everything in Umbria, and although Tuscany may have better marketing and more visitors, Umbria certainly matches it for untouched Etruscan landscapes and traditional hillside towns. Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto showcase the region’s obsession with saints and cathedrals whilst smaller towns, such as Bevagna and Spello, are as medieval as mead and jousting. Thanks to the secluded setting this is a pocket of Italy that has withstood outside influence and only just opened its first airport.
Umbria is the missing piece of the central Italian jigsaw and well worth putting in the picture before you’ve started on the easier outer edges.
Again, bucking the Tuscan trend, Umbria is best known for its white wine and if you can find the time to sit and stare over a glass of something crisp and peachy then there’s not much more to add, other than, perhaps, a slab of pecorino or dollop of fresh ricotta drizzled in raw honey. Read on in our Umbria travel guide.