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Review: Umbria

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Italy

A different Italian experience

  • By SilverTraveller pm

    49 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Sep 2011
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The Italian province of Umbria lies in the heart of the country, south of Tuscany and north of Rome and provides all the same delights as the better-known areas. At the centre is Lake Trasimeno, surrounded by picturesque mountains and small, historic hilltop towns – but less 'commercialised' than Lake Como or Lake Garda. As a centre from which to explore this region, we chose the peace and quiet of one of CV Travel's immaculate villas in the hills to the north of Lake Trasimeno with expansive views and memorable sunsets to enjoy with a glass of the local wine. We were also within comfortable driving range of places of special interest such as Assisi, with its impressive hilltop cathedral dedicated to St. Francis. It is also well worth visiting Cortona (the location for "Under the Tuscan Sun") and the provincial capital city of Perugia with its own fascinating history of multiple construction, destruction and reconstruction over the centuries. Nowhere else can you ride on a series of escalators wich pass through layers of former buildings and treasures dating back to the1500s. All around Lake Trasimeno are the historic hilltop towns, so well preserved and free of blatant tourism – and the pick of these are Castigliano (on the lakeside) and Panicale a few miles further south. And from Passignano, it is well worth taking the ferry to the island of Isola Maggiori to find another unspoiled village community – but with the added advantage of an excellent garden restaurant. Umbria, then, is an excellent location for anyonewith a special interest in Italy's heritage as well as its food and wine!



 

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