Because of its shape and its location, Umbria is called the “green heart of Italy”. It is just in the middle of the country and it is a region characterized by small boroughs, villages, wild nature and historic attractions. Umbria counts only 815.000 citizens. The biggest cities are Perugia and Terni. The most important and famous cities of art are Assisi, Orvieto, Todi, Gubbio and Spoleto.
The major events in Umbria
Umbria is a region often connected to spiritual and religious subjects. Therefore the main traditional festivities are all based on religious events, such as Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Rita from Cascia and Saint Benedetto from Norcia, the Corpus Domini celebration in Orvieto.
Other important events are: Le Gaite in Bevagna, Eurochocolate in Perugia, I Primi in Italia (Foligno), Cantine aperte (open wineries) in Orvieto, Perugia, Montefalco, for those who love food and wine experiences.
Other amazing cultural events are: Umbria jazz winter and summer (in Orvieto and Perugia), Trasimeno blues, Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Valentine’s Day in Terni, Palio dei terzieri in Città della Pieve, Calendimaggio in Assisi, Corsa dei Ceri in Gubbio.
Orvieto – Leaning on a rock of volcanic origin, the city of Orvieto is a gem that hides treasures of inestimable value. Best known for its splendid Duomo (started in the Thirteenth century), the city offers many other attractions, such as the Torre del Moro, the wells of St. Patrick and della Cava, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the fortress of Albornoz. Orvieto, however, is not just made of monuments. Much of its charm is due to its traditional urbanism, characterized by narrow alleys and complex innumerable historic buildings and churches. Among these, of great interest are: the church of St Juvenal, the church of San Domenico, the Church of St. Francis and the of St. Andrew church.
Etruscan Orvieto – History is palpable even below the cliff, close to Orvieto. Etruscan tombs (locaded mainly in two cemeteries, one of Cannicella and the most famous of the Crocefisso del Tufo) are the witness of a past civilization firmly rooted in this territory. Another archaeological attraction outside the city is the ruins of the Etruscan temple, called the “Belvedere”.
In the Orvieto museums you can admire a large number of Etruscan pottery, jewelry, objects of daily use and several paintings. Major excavations still today continue at the bottom of the cliff, in the area of the fairground, where according to some eminent archaeologists would be hidden the famous underground Fanum Voltumnae (the center of the Etruscan religion, the true Mecca of the twelve main Etruscan cities).