Known as the Green Heart of Italy, Umbria is the third smallest region in the country, but its strategic position, exactly in the center of the peninsula has made it important for communication lines since Roman times, religious pilgrimages and economic traffic between the Papacy and the North.
It was marginalized after the unification of Italy (1861) when the economic activities mainly involved the North and the coasts. This relative isolation has preserved it from mass tourism and the feeling of time being stopped is much stronger here than elsewhere; thus offering visitors glimpses of ancient times. Umbria is a pleasant region, where you don’t have to look for spirituality, you can live and breathe it everywhere.
Its landscapes and art have been written about by all the major Italian poets and beyond. Artists, writers and travelers of the Grand Tour deviated from their itinerary between Florence and Rome to come and visit this land, so horribly beautiful (cit. Lord Byron). Umbria is for connoisseurs, the true italophiles; you come with purpose, to find authentic, hospitable, beautiful and varied Italy.
Capital of the region, Perugia is considered one of the centers of the Renaissance. Working inside its walls were some of the Italian masters including Perugino and Raffaello. Here you will find one of the most important galleries in the world, also called the little Louvre because of its concentration of masterpieces. Perugian squares that summarize the architecture of the fourteenth century and Etruscan and Roman monuments take you back in time. Also sweeping views and gobal festivals like Umbriajazz and Eurochoccolate attract annual visitors from all parts of the world.
World capital of Peace, Assisi is home to what is considered the second most important catholic church in the world after Saint Peters, the Basilica of San Francesco (Saint Francis of Assisi). A religious treasure chest where Giotto experimented with a new pictorial technique that actually inaugurated the Italian Renaissance.
This is not only a city of art considered among the most beautiful in Italy, it is an open-air scenography. Since it became one of the capitals of the Lombard kingdom, it was embellished with the works of the greatest artists and architects of Italy, becoming the ideal city of art. So beautiful and well articulated that in 1958 Gianfranco Menotti chose it as the venue for the most important art festival in Italy and one of the most important in the world: Festival Dei Due Mondi, to help foster an artistic and cultural connection between Italy and America.
Appears as a mirage to the foreign traveler; an example of how in Italy the impossible can become a work of art. Perched on a tuffaceous block of ancient volcanoes, it houses what is considered to be the most beautiful cathedral facade in the world.
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