Umbria is a beautiful landlocked region of Italy. Popularly known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is also well known for the quality of its Umbria villas. The region is well known for its traditional culinary point of view, with local herbs, hams, cheeses and white wines being its particular forte. Staying at one of the Umbria farmhouses you can relax in the countryside and enjoy these things.
Umbria is the region with the ancient roman Via Flaminia and Old Father Tiber flowing through its center. It is a land of lustrous green valleys and collaged wooded hills interspersed with buttercups, bluebells, poppies and thousands of other wild flowers. The monasteries and ancient abbeys remind us that this is the ’Terra dei Santi’ – land of the saints: St Benedict and gentle St Francis to name some. The Umbrians are friendly, mild mannered and trusting in keeping with these traditions. Umbria is also known for the Fonti del Clitunno lagoons and islands planted with poplars and weeping willows, or Umbria’s ancient springs such as San Gemini. The best way to discover this beautiful region is to take the holiday in Umbria farmhouses.
The towns are outstanding, packed with art and unchanged since medieval times. It’s a great idea to visit the bustling city of Perugia, where famous universities are located and is the regional capital. It is sculpted with impressive and massive Etruscan and Renaissance monuments. Its art gallery in the Palazzo dei Priori houses the region’s finest art and it is also renowned for the most romantic medieval streets and piazzas in all Italy. Touched with a shade of the old and new, Perugia is host to an amicable jazz festival every July, and you’ll be glad to know that its most famous export product is chocolate.
Umbria’s best-known hill town is Assisi, with far-reaching views over the ‘Plain of Angels’. Enchanting ancient houses used as Umbria accommodations, with balconies overflowing with pretty flowers line narrow, cobbled streets full of arches and steps. And the Basilica di San Francesco dominates the town, now fully restored and at its most beautiful in the early morning. In contrast to this, Umbria’s countryside is a haven of tranquility, interspersed with historic towns, magnificent views and impressive churches and cathedrals. The cuisine in this region is legendary, and the wines on offer are the best.
Eating out on your Umbria villa holiday will be a delightful experience. Regional culinary tradition still exists in Umbrian kitchens and local dishes tend to be unique and mouth-watering, with hardly a sauce in sight – expect on pasta, of course. Try Tagliatelle al tartufo, to sample the delicious truffles from the Apennine region, or Cinghiale (wild boar) if you’re feeling adventurous. Freshwater lake trout is a great favorite here, and is served in a variety of ways, and the Fritto misto is a fantastic concoction of lamb chops, liver, sweetbreads and artichokes deep fried in batter. Vegetables are always fresh and tasty, such as courgettes and lentils. And for dessert, treat yourself to the multitude of fruit tarts and ice cream.
Thus, staying at one of the extraordinary Umbria farmhouses, you can enjoy the region and relax as well as relish the delicious traditional Italian recipes.
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