Half way between Assisi and Perugia is the ancient Umbrian town of Foligno, one of the very few cities built on the plains, which means exploring the glorious countryside covered with olive groves and cypress-topped hills by bike or by foot is a real pleasure. Foligno itself is blessed with a lovely piazza - the Piazza della Repubblica, and the adjoining Piazza Duomo. Sit down outside a cafe or take a walk around the little tourist shops, cafes and restaurants in the arches of the buildings. With Umbria, sometimes called the Land of the Saints, you’d expect to find a number of churches in its towns. In and around Foligno the grand cathedral, the Romanic Church of St Mary Infraportas and the Abbey of Sassovivo are all delightful to explore. Be sure to try the rustic Umbrian fare - mushrooms, wild asparagus, truffles and antipasti are all very popular. And for something sweet, head to nearby Perugia in October for Eurochocolat, a festival completely dedicated to the humble cocoa bean.