Umbria, which gets its name from the Umbri tribe, is known as the “il cuor verde d'Italia” or “the green heart of Italy.” And it lives up to is nickname with over 40% of its landscape covered in forests and woodlands, green hills, scenic mountains, abundant farm land, rolling plains and stunning forests. Umbria Italy also encompasses Central Italy’s largest lake, Lake Trasimeno. The lake is surrounded by numerous old castles which are located in the villages surrounding the lake. Umbria is also known for two major agricultural products: truffles and olives. Farro, barley, beans and lentils are regional products that are grown on the local farms that are irrigated by the Tiber river. Umbria is also one of the smallest regions in Italy, which is located directly in the center of the country. In fact Umbria is the only region in Italy that is completely surrounded by land. The region's capital is the city of Perugia. And the region is bordered by the provences of Lazio, Le Marche and Tuscany.

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GEOGRAPHY OF UMBRIA VACATIONS

Umbria contains only two provinces, which gained their current boundaries in 1927. The first province is Perugia, Umbria’s capital and a busy university town that is situated in the north of Umbria. Perugia consists of intriguing monuments and museums. Umbria’s second province is Terni, located in the south of the region. Terni is a more modern city than Perugia and includes some of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of Europe and an exceptional transportation system.

LANDMARKS OF UMBRIA VACATIONS

The major cities to visit during vacations to Umbria Italy include of course Perugia and Terni, as well as Orvieto, Spoleto, Narni, Citta di Castello, Assisi, Foligno, Gubbio and Bastia Umbria. Cathedrals are fairly common throughout the towns of Umbria. The architecture, history and spiritual nourishment cause these cathedrals to be frequently visited by travelers. Two of the most popular places of worship in Umbria, Italy are the Orvieto Cathedral and the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral. The Orvieto Cathedral began being erected in 1290. It was originally planned to have a Romanesque style. However, as the years went on and the church continued to be built, the cathedral ended up being built in more of a Gothic style. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel is said to have been inspired by aspects of the Orvieto Cathedral. The Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, found in the city of Spoleto, was consecrated in 1198. Filippo Lippi, the original architect of the cathedral, passed away before his work was completed and his son took over construction. Lippi’s son created a mausoleum in his honor, which can be found at the right of the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral today. Umbria Italy is perfect for those that enjoy the countryside of Italy.