The 10 Best Things to Do in Umbria, Italy

January 14, 2018 Hana Mouser

Umbria (/ˈʌmbriə/ UM-bree-ə; Italian pronunciation: [ˈumbrja]), is one of the twenty regions of Italy, located in central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Marmore's Falls, and is crossed by the River Tiber. The regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, culinary delights, artistic legacy, and influence on culture.

1. Museo della Porziuncola

Piazza della Porziuncola 1, 06081, Assisi, Italy +39 075 805 1419
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Museo della Porziuncola

Reviewed By lollygal - New York City, New York

Our guide called this the "baby church"inside a church. It is the chapel where St Francis heard the voice of God It was a moving experience to feel the energy and spirit of the love of St Francis here.

2. Vineria del Carmine

Strada Castiglione Ugolino, 70 | Gps: N 43° 13' 52.666''; E 12° 23' 6.235'', 06134 La Bruna, Perugia, Italy +39 338 891 6641
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Vineria del Carmine

Join us in a tour of the Carmine Estate Vineyards and Olive Groves, then enjoy a light antipasti meal of local Umbrian delicacies including a tutored tasting of our Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and the Red and White wines from the Carmine Estate. Free Wifi, Childrens Playground. Wine Shipping Arranged. We can open at any time on request.

Reviewed By Susan G - Perugia, Italy

I visited Vineria del Carmine yesterday for a wine tasting with local cheeses, olive oil and truffle products (also made from truffles gathered right on the property). Everything was delicious. The tasting room is set in a restored stone farm building with a view toward...MoreThank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again.

3. Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi

Piazza S. Francesco, 2, 06081, Assisi, Italy +39 075 819001
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Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is rich in many respects ... historically, artistically, religiously, etc. Assisi itself is a remarkably beautiful place to visit. It is one of the best Medieval towns in Italy. Nothing much has changed since the time of St. Francis himself (12th-13th centuries). It is as if time has stood still. The place is so rich in art and architecture. You can see this from its churches, squares, Fountains, towers, walls, and so forth.
One of the most visited structures in Assisi is, of course, the Basilica of Saint Francis, where his mortal remains are venerated. The series of frescoes painted by Giotto is impressive! This is the prime destination of pilgrims especially during the month of October on the occasion of the Saint's liturgical feast day. The nearby church of Saint Clair is also worth-visiting. You must also visit the small church of Porziuncula inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels located 4kms away from Assisi and the Chapel of St. Damian located just 2kms outside Assisi. It was in this church where the Crucified Christ spoke to St. Francis.
Outside the church you'll find lovely restaurants, souvenir shops, historical buildings, and a a lot more! This is one place I would very highly recommend that you visit! It will give you a first-hand experience of the Medieval time in Italy!

4. Teatro della Concordia

Piazza del Teatro di Concordia 4, 06057, Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy +39 075 878 0737
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Teatro della Concordia

This marvellous theatre has only 99 seats shared between its boxes and stalls. It was finished in 1808, under the Napoleonic occupation, and was initiated by nine local families. In the second half of the 19th century it was decorated by Cesare Agretti and in 1892 by his son Luigi, only 15 at the time, who painted the ceiling and the vaults, the boxes and the meeting room. The interior of the theatre, considered “the smallest in the world”, is made entirely out of wood in the “Goldoniano” style and represents a rare example of its kind, offering a harmonious and well thought out use of space for scenery, for the actors and the audience. Plenty of shows take the place each year: prose, opera, classical and jazz Concerts. The theatre is also available for meetings and civil weddings, and can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays, and in July (morning) and August (Morning and afternoon) everyday

Reviewed By Intimatetraveller - Brisbane, Australia

At different times through out the year the theater opens for public tours in English and Italian.(We find the tour times on their website) For a small fee we enjoyed a descriptive guided tour in English learning about the history of the theater and the...MoreThank you for your note

5. Cappella Di San Brizio (Duomo)

Piazza del Duomo 26, 05018, Orvieto, Italy +39 0763 342477
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Cappella Di San Brizio (Duomo)

Reviewed By Angel C - Madrid, Spain

I recommend to visit this Cathedral from the XIV century with a beautiful natural light you can see the asonishing frescos and admire its natural beautiness.
The facade, Gothic, is beautiful, it will take you some time admire all the details.
The interior is more simple but with many paints and frescos in two chapels.
I was impressed by its beautiness.
No long queues.

6. Wild Foods Italy

Via San Quirico, 15, Montefalco, Italy +39 333 498 5387
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Wild Foods Italy

Truffle hunting in the beautiful Umbrian hills, an unforgettable culinary experience, a day spent in the company of colorful locals, a stroll through some stunning countryside... The Wild Foods Gastronomical Adventure is a piece of Italy you will never forget. You spend a day immersed in authentic traditional Italian company, culture and cuisine. You hunt truffles, cook truffles, eat truffles, as well as get to experience an amazing part of Italy far away from the usual tourist trails. You also experience some traditional 'wild' cuisine, maybe wild boar stew, sauteed hare, or roast Guinea fowl. It's great for foodies and wine-lovers, or for anyone just wanting to immerse themselves in the landscape, people and culture of Umbria.

Reviewed By Steve M - Rapid City

This family and friends run there Black Truffle Lodge and Wild Foods Italy in the small mountain village of Montefalco. We visited as part of an Overseas Adventure Travel group's "Day in the Life". It included truffle hunting with the family of shepherds as well as a pasta making lesson, followed by a great meal, with wine and cheese and cured meats, all created by the local folks. One of the very best days of the trip.

7. Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia

Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
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Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia

Reviewed By 2checkingout - Auckland Central, New Zealand

We visited three times, and had three different experiences. The first time, late May, we did a 4 hour hike around the large flat valley floor. It was a sensational experience, walking through acres and acres of wildflowers, buttercups, daisies, wild pansies, miniature daffodil and tulips and heaps of other varieties. All against a backdrop of snow capped Mountains, and the hilltop town of Castelluccio. Peaceful with only a handful of other folks in town and no one on the Piano.
The second visit, mid June, a picnic by the stables. The wildflowers still blooming but less yellows. We drove South out of the valley, which gave great panoramas.
A completely different experience during the lentil flowering season (mid July). Despite visiting after the lentil festival, it was still incredibly busy with cars pulled over willy-nilly for folks to take pictures. The fields themselves stunning shades of purples and also red from the poppies. A photographer's dream.

8. San Damiano

Via San Damiano, Assisi, Italy +39 075 812273
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San Damiano

The church of San Damiano was restored by St. Frances of Assisi and later served as home for St. Clare.

Reviewed By gerson v - Freising, Germany

This place is a highlight, much better depicting the atmosphere of Franciscus in contrast to the busy bus-load filled inner city church. The walking route in the church goes through the whole building showing you so many particulars, you could spend a day meditating about it I think also the surroundings is amazing. What a place! Loved it! If you come in holliday clothes here, please leave and be ashamed of yourself. It will be very inappropiate.

9. Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli

Via Fatebenefratelli 2, 06121, Perugia, Italy +39 340 776 5594
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Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli

Museo Laboratorio Moretti Caselli making and restoration of stained glass windows and of works of artSince 1860, for five generations, a family of artists has been making painted and baked stained-glass windows in the historic centre of Perugia.The Moretti Caselli Studio is located in a fifteenth-century residence that once belonged to the Baglioni family.Visitors can plunge into history and the activity of the past by enjoying guided visits by appointment.

Reviewed By Orientalina - Perugia

For 150 years, Moretti-Caselli family members have been making and restoring stained glass works in some of Italy's major churches, including Saint Francis in Assisi and the Duomo of Orvieto.

Their craft is exquisite because the glass serves as canvas that is then minutely and meticulously painted. The family's glass workshop is inside a 14h-century palazzo located in the historic center of Perugia.
Visitors are welcomed in a small room containing family archives, including books and old photos. Next they proceed to the furnace room, which is still in working order. It looks like an alchemist's studio, with shelves of jars, each one filled with pigments. Afterwards comes the vaulted main room, bathed in sunlight and packed with all sorts of extravagnat furniture, plaster models, cartons, glass of every shape and color.

The star of the visit is a life-size portrait of Margherita of Savoy, Regina Margherita, wife of King Umberto I and Italy's first queen consort. She stands against the rich red of a silky damask curtain and almost impossible to believe, she is made from painted glass.
There are many more splendid pieces in the workshop including a rendering of Perugino's "Incoronation of the Virgin" but the 19th-century Queen is mesmerizing. She could be in any of the world's great museums but she's still in the home of those who created her. Don’t miss this fantastic experience!

10. Decugnano dei Barbi

Localita Fossatello 50, 05018, Orvieto, Italy +39 0763 308255
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Decugnano dei Barbi

For over eight centuries "Decugnano" has been used to indicate the name of the land of the estate. The soil rich in fossils, oysters and shells, the micro climate and a wide temperature range are all factors particularly suitable for wine growing. Beside a very modern cellar, the visitor has the possibility to admire the Etruscan caves, today utilized for the production of the sparkling wine "spumante" and to mature certain wines in barrels. Within spectacular scenery, the Estate organizes guided tours to their cellars followed by wine tasting and local delicacies. WE ARE OPEN! Saturday & Sunday

Reviewed By khlaw04 - San Diego, California

Booking the tour was a breeze. Anna Rita was very responsive and offered to coordinate transportation for us. We opted to rent a car for the day and made our way to the winery. As a note, when you are following the signs to the winery, if you find yourself next to the lake after the small town, you've headed the wrong direction. When you've found that you're heading the right way, keep going a bit farther than you think that you need to go. Luckily, we had a phone that we were able to call for directions when we got a bit turned around.
The tour was interesting and very informative. The guide knew the intricacies of wine making inside and out and was able to give extensive tasting notes. The tour takes you through the caves that were carved for use by monks. The setting for the tasting was about as unique as I've experienced being in the church on top of the hill. Beautiful views.
The tasting is paired with some meats and cheeses which were delicious. The wines are very good but they weren't pouring anything more than what was in the first pour for each bottle. Not an expectation but my experience with similar tours is that when you find the wine that you like, they share a bit more.
Our group was a bit large so it didn't feel overly intimate but it didn't mean that you weren't able to have questions answered by the tour guide. Overall, this was a good trip out of the town but I've seen better wine tastings.

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