Umbria is our favorite region in Italy! It’s easy to reach from Rome or Florence for a day trip. Umbria has beautiful vineyards, medieval hilltop villages, and rolling hills. Yet, it remains uncrowded and authentic. This region is worth exploring. These are the six places we love!
Assisi is a popular town in Umbria. This medieval city on a hill is the birthplace of St. Francis and a major pilgrimage site for Franciscans as well as other Catholics. It deserves to be on everyone’s list! The Basilica of St. Francis’ frescoes is among the most important and beautiful early Renaissance frescoes anywhere in the world. (See more about why they’re so amazing, plus photos). Assisi has two medieval castles and Gothic churches. This is part of the reason the entire center was designated a World Heritage Site!
Montefalco, a small and charming town, has a lot to be proud of its wine. You can taste the famous Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, which is protected by DOCG (here’s more information about DOCG and how to read an Italian wine label), or visit nearby vineyards. Montefalco is known for its beautiful views and winding medieval streets. There are also many fascinating churches. It’s also a place where you can unwind with a sense of calm which makes it a great place to relax.
Spoleto, a hilltop city, is worth a visit. The streets are steep so make sure you have your walking shoes! It is stunning. The Duomo is home to vibrant frescoes created by Filippo Lippi in the early Renaissance. Roman ruins can be found throughout the town. The Ponte delle Torri bridge is our favorite view. It was built on ancient Roman foundations and is a 13-century aqueduct.
Perugia, the capital of Umbria with 170,000 inhabitants, is one of the most important cities in the region. It is also beautiful! Perugia is a charming city with its cobblestone streets and elegant palaces. It is home to one of Umbria’s most important art galleries, which houses a collection of Renaissance and medieval masterpieces. It is also home to the Umbrian Jazz Festival.
Narni, a small hilltop community, is worth visiting for its beautiful views, delicious food, and interesting churches. One of these hidden underground cells was used as a prison cell by the Church during the Inquisition. A huge section of an ancient arch is located at the base of the hill. It was built by Emperor Augustus in the 1st Century A.D.
Gubbio is a classic Umbria location with medieval buildings and stunning views. It also hosts one of the best truffle festivals in the region (here’s more information on the Gubbio truffle fest!). The food is delicious all year.