1. Orvieto

Orvieto

The city rises dramatically from almost vertical cliffs made of white volcanic tufa. Visit its famous Cathedral, explore the Rocca and St. Patrick’s Well (175 feet deep and 45 feet wide). Shop for ceramics, leather, dolls and woodcrafts. Have an unforgettable meal at Trattoria Dell’Orso, one of our favorite restaurants. There’s no menu, but everything is fresh and incredibly delicious, so whatever you order, it’s likely to be one of the best meals of your trip. (We love the farro soup!)

2. Amazing Wine

Umbrian Vineyard

Visit the fascinating History of Wine Museum of the Fondazione Lungarotti in Torgiano, which was set up by the well-known local wine-making family who also produce the Torgiano Rosso Riserva, one of two Umbrian wines to be awarded the prestigious DOCG appellation. The vineyards near Montefalco are known for their Sagrantrino and San Giovese wines.

3. Lake Trasimeno

Lake Trasimeno

Only slightly smaller than Lake Como, Italy’s fourth largest lake is situated just inside Umbria, close to the border of Tuscany. Depart from Passignano for the 20-minute boat ride to Isola Maggiore to see lace being made and to visit the Lace Museum.

4. Norcia

Umbria Meat Market

History meets gastronomy in Norcia. The black truffle of Norcia is one of Italy’s most sought-after delicacies, celebrated in a festival each February. Norcia also produces some of Italy’s best lentils and is renowned for its processed pork products. In fact, the word for a pork butchery in Italian is norcineria.

5. Ceramics

Shop in Ceramics City of Deruta in Umbria

Go to Deruta, famous for the Maiolica ceramics that have been produced there for over 600 years. In the charming little village of Ficulle, visit the workshop of Fabio Fattorini—potter, philosopher, cyclist. Fabio has given classes at Villa Bellissima (the kids loved him) and Selvamica has a wonderful collection of his pottery.

6. Jazz

Umbria Jazz Festival

The Umbria Jazz Festival, held in Perugia every year during July, is one of the most important events of its kind in the world. Spoleto is home of the Festival Di Due Mondi, founded by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, with three weeks of music, theater and dance performances each June/July; its counterpart is held in Charleston, S.C. during May/June.

7. Perugian Chocolate

Perugia

Perugia is synonymous with world-class chocolates; its most popular creation is Baci ('kisses' in Italian). Nestled in its silver and blue foil wrapping, each luscious, hazelnut-filled confection comes wrapped in a romantic multilingual love note. They are the star attraction at the Eurochocolate festival held each year in Perugia. Sandri, a famous café in Perugia, is Umbria's oldest confectioner's shop and was named as one of Newsweek's "World's Best Bars," with chocolates to die for.

8. Assisi

Assisi

One of Umbria’s most visited cities, Assisi was the home of two important saints of Italian history – Saint Francis (San Francesco) and Saint Clare (Santa Chiara) – and is the destination of a million pilgrims every year. 

9. Todi

Todi

One of our favorite Umbrian cities, Todi is elegant and charming, set on a hilltop overlooking the Tiber valley. Visit Piazza del Popolo, the ancient seat of the Roman forum. Alternate cultural and historical visits with lovely meals in beautiful cafés or visits to local workshops to buy beautiful handmade cloth.

10. Nature

Marmore Waterfall

Umbria is great for hiking and wonderful for biking, and its hills are ideal horse country. A few kilometers from Terni is one of the region’s most spectacular sights, the Falls of Marmore, Italy’s highest waterfall. One of Umbria's greatest natural treasures is the Clitunno Springs that run underground from Spoleto to Foligno, feeding the river of the same name. The reflection of the surrounding vegetation in the crystalline waters results in an intensity of color that has inspired writers and artists through the centuries.