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The poet Giosuè Carducci once described Umbria as ‘il cuor verde d’Italia’, the green heart of Italy, a testament to it being Italy’s only region that borders neither another country nor coastline. Rolling hills, mountains, winding valleys, vineyards, olive groves and wildflower meadows are dotted with pretty hilltop villages and towns where local delicacies such as the ‘tartufo’ (truffle) are served in charming Osterias. Full bodied wines can be bought in local vineyards. Explore lakes and waterfalls. Visit Etruscan ruins. Stay in one of our Umbria villas, farmhouses or cottages and you too can experience this charming region of Italy.
The wonders of Umbria are not restricted to monuments built centuries ago, nor views that capture ones imagination. It is also evident in its traditions, its people and its festivals. From the vibrancy of processions and live performances, dedicated to annual re-enactments of Renaissance life and traditional celebrations of Easter week in the town of Assisi, to the Spring Kite festival of ‘Colariamo i Cieli’ in the Umbrian skyline, excitement and activity is a part of life here. Food is big in Umbria. Very big. Whereas annual events provide flashes of this regions culture, food is a constant reminder, for it is an intrinsic part of that very culture. Restaurants everywhere produce local specialities. Would you rather enjoy a classic chick pea soup whilst gradually making your way through a bottle of White Orvieto? Or would you rather have this dry, semi-sweet beverage as a key ingredient of your main course, with Gallina Ubriaca, ‘drunk hen’, as a local favourite?