If you’re looking for a more scenic and laid back Italy vacation, Umbria may be just what you’re looking for. It tends to be a lesser known region than Tuscany, which is what it’s usually compared too, but the region of Umbria actually has a lot going for it in the way of charmingly quaint towns, olive groves and vineyards, and absolutely beautiful countryside scenery. In Umbria you’ll find plenty of good food, wine, art, culture, and architecture that is typical of anywhere your travels take you in Italy, but here you’ll also find that small town feel that’s warm and welcoming, much like the people you’ll meet here.
Things to do in Umbria: When to Go?
When you should visit Umbria depends on what you want to do and see when you get there. In spring, the weather can be a bit unpredictable, depending on what part of the region you’re at. Although in May, you’ll find that the countryside is in bloom with a beautiful blanket of green grass and flowers. However, on the mountain side, there may still be a bit of snow. In the summer, particularly June, it’s a good time to hike and see the famous wildflowers of Sibillini and the Piano Grande. Upland Norcia tends to be cooler than the rest of the region, and less crowded with tourists if you’re looking for a quieter getaway. January and February can be cold but dry and spring months can get rather rainy. September and October are moderate months and a good time to visit, but things will be less green since the summer sun can be a bit brutal.
There’s a regional airport in the Umbria region, Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria. Although it doesn’t handle too many international carriers so you may have to fly in from another Italian city.
Things to do in Umbria: Where to Go?
Umbria is not known for is hustling and bustling big cities. The capital city is Perugia, and is perhaps the small exception to what the rest of Umbria is like. Perugia, however is home to many historical and architectural sights and also has museums and a university. You’ll also want to check out the towns of Assisi, Bevagna, Montefalco, and Spello.
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