Located in central Italy, this hilly region is dotted with historical towns like Perugia, Assisi and Terni. The scenery is delightfully pastoral and the food, wine and culture make exploring the region even more enjoyable.

Pink-stone buildings glowing in the sunlight on the slopes of Monte Subasio, the medieval town of Assisi is a must-see. St Francis was born in this town in 1181, and buried in the impressive Basilica di San Francesco. There, art enthusiasts will be delighted to discover a variety of frescoes by Giotto and others.

Spend time wandering through the historic centre of the capital, Perugia, where you’ll discover Etruscan, Roman and medieval monuments. A highlight is the Gothic palace Palazzo dei Priori which houses the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria art museum and its impressive collection of art. While most of Umbria’s towns are built on hilltops, Bevagna is situated on a plain, on either side of a main street, parts of which date back to Roman times. Look out for the ruins of an amphitheatre and temple, as well as Roman mosaics.

When to go

The best time to visit Umbria is in the shoulder months, from April to June and September to October when weather is usually beautiful, yet not too hot. The summer months (June-August) are always buzzing with tourists and it can get rather warm. If you visit in autumn, you can enjoy hunting for truffles in the forest.


What to do

  • Discover the pink-stone buildings in the medieval town of Assisi
  • Explore Etruscan and Roman ruins in the capital, Perugia
  • Enjoy the glorious rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside