Known as ‘the green heart of Italy, Umbria is the only landlocked region in Italy, which has no coastline. But, what it does have is undulating lush green hills dotted with ancient vineyards and olive groves hosting stunning hilltop towns such as Orvieto, Todi, Assisi with its majestic Basilica di San Fransesco, and the capital of Perugia. Then there’s the historic churches and abbeys, and long-held traditions that are still going strong today, which makes Umbria feel a world away from the modern world we know. This gentle region also boasts some impressive mountains, lovely lakes including Lake Trasimeno with its lovely hamlets, towns, countryside and watersports, and plenty of places that will stop you in your tracks and make you reach for your camera. Finally, there’s the food. Home to truffles, hams, cheeses and delicious crisp wines, visiting the restaurants is a gastronomic delight, and one that should be enjoyed at your leisure.