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Information for visitors to the Region of Umbria in central Italy

Umbria Tourist Information

Orvieto, Umbria

The larger cities of Umbria all have a Tourist Information Office near the centre of the city. In smaller places, look for the ProLoco Office which serves the same purpose. All of these offices have maps and a range of brochures describing local sights of interest and bus routes.

Umbria is one of the twenty Regions of Italy. It shares a border with Tuscany to the west and the north, with Le Marche to the east and with Lazio to the south. Parts of Umbria are flat and fertile, mostly in the valley of the Tiber, while the area of the central Apennines in Umbria is mountainous. The highest point in Umbria is Monte Vettore (2,476 metres - 8,123 feet), located on the border of Le Marche.

Fioritura of Castelluccio di Norcia, Umbria

Fioritura of Castelluccio di Norcia, Umbria

This geomorphological variation together with the presence of Lake Trasimeno and of hillside and hilltop towns - notably Orvieto, perched on top of a high, flat-topped rocky outcrop - makes the landscape of Umbria extraordinarily varied and attractive. The range of altitudes means that there are sights of interest in Umbria with pleasant climatic conditions for visitors throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn. Among the things to see in Umbria, the Fiorita or Fioritura of Castelluccio di Norcia ranks high. The famous red poppies to be seen during Spring in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany are a comparable sight but nowhere near as spectacular as the multicoloured spectacle of millions of alpine flowers bursting into bloom on the Pain Grande of the Castelluccio di Norcia between the end of May and the beginning of July of each year.

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Interior of the Duomo of Spoleto, Umbria

Interior of the Duomo of Spoleto, Umbria

Umbria is home to several major "art cities" and a great many smaller places that are home to major art works, many of them the fruit of the Umbrian Renaissance whose most famous artists were Perugino and Pintoricchio. In addition to paintings and frescoes, the sights of the cities and towns of Umbria include beautiful civic structures, churches and monasteries. As elsewhere in Italy, the fragmentation of the Italic peninsula into myriad independent cities, Duchies and other political nuclei in past centuries resulted in intense competition, not least in the artistic sphere where civic prestige was enormously enhanced by the erection of magnificent churches, palazzi and town halls, and the display of fine works of art, principally frescoes, paintings and sculpture.

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Norcineria Norcia Umbria

Porchetta from Norcia, Umbria

Umbria is also famous for its cuisine, especially its truffles, lentils and pork products, all of which are well-represented in the town of Norcia. A very popular black truffle festival takes place in Norcia every year.

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Fuga del Bove Montefalco

Fuga del Bove at Montefalco, Umbria

As all over Italy, the towns of Umbria celebrate some spectacular and interesting annual festivals, almost always featuring mediaeval costumes, parades with drummers, trumpeters, and flags. Horse-riding skills and marksmanship using longbows and especially crossbows (balestre), plus jousting are also very common. Aside from watching the spectacles, visitors typically enjoy the food stands and feasts associated with these folkloric festivals.

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Ceramic jar from Deruta Umbria

Ceramic jar from Deruta Umbria

There is a long tradition of ceramic production in Umbria and this continues today, especially in and near Deruta, where the museum displays painted pottery dating back to the 13 C. There are currently many workshops, including family run businesses, creating very good quality Derutaware in the traditional Raffaellesco, Ricco Deruta and Deruta Arabesco styles with a few artists making very passable reproductions of antique pieces. These can be bought at numerous outlets both in the old town and in the valley below.

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Umbria

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Art Cities of Umbria

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History of Umbria

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