The Italian region of Umbria is one of the smallest in the country.
Located in the mountainous regions of central Italy, by the valley
of the Tiber River, this tiny sector of Italy thrives in historic
tales of medieval flavour.
populated by the Umbri Tribe in 600 BC, Umbria (as named after the
tribe) is blanketed by much mystery and shadow (or coincidentally,
"Ombra" in Italian). For many centuries, Umbria has settled
in the shadow of its better-known neighbour, Tuscany. Away from
the limelight, little Umbria has since retained its cultural roots,
as you will notice from the presence of thriving elm forests and
numerous castles, monasteries and fortresses. It's hard not to let
your imagination run off and wander on the Umbrian hilltops all
day and be enchanted by its sparkling rivers in the shadow of night.
Umbria is divided into two provinces, Perugia
and Terni, of which Perugia is the capital. Towns included in the
Umbrian region's capital are: Assisi, Bevagna, Citta di Castello,
Foligno, Gubbio, Montefalco, Noria, Spoleto, Spello, Todi, Trevi,
Apart from its subterranean walls, Etruscan tunnels
and medieval aqueduct, Umbrian attractions include the Palazzo dei
Priori (town hall), the 16th century Church of San Pietro, the 14th
century wooden interiors of Collegio della Mercanzia, and the National
Museum of Umbrian Archaeology.
When travelling from Rome to Florence, Tuscany
by land, you shall be passing through the Tiber Valley, which takes
you to some Umbrian towns such as Assisi and Spoleto. While you
are there, take some time to explore and appreciate the meekness
and beauty of Umbria.