Travel and Culture in Umbria
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course in Umbria, we would like to help you in your decision by
giving you some useful information:
WHERE IS UMBRIA
This Italian region borders on Marches, Tuscany and Latium. This territorial characteristic determines the verticality of the landscape that is typical of this regions configuration. From this point of view the relationship between man and nature is very strong and the landscape is deeply humanized. .
WHAT IS THE UMBRIAN TERRITORY LIKE ?
At the boundary with Marches the Umbrian territory is marked by
the Umbro-Marches Appenines mountain chane, that begins from the
Bocca Trabaria pass and reaches the highest peak of Mounts Sibillini,
Mount Vettore (2478 mt high). Umbria is also rich in rivers and
the biggest one is the Tevere. In the Umbrian territory the Tevere
meets river Nera (in turn swollen by Velinos water) and originates
the Marmore Waterfalls. The biggest lake of the region is Lake Trasimeno,
but there are also other lakes, as Corbara and Chiusi, which are
Between the Apennine and the Antiapennine ranges the territory presents some areas which are almost flat: Tiberina valley and Umbrian Valley, but the completely flat areas are the fertile basins in Cascia, Norcia, Terni and Gualdo Tadino.
Umbria is known above all for the beauty of its verdant hills, which create the typical Umbrian ondulating landscape, that is fed by the abundant water supply coming from the subsoil. Agriculture is concentrated only in the flat areas and the production is, above all, of sugar beets and tobacco. There are also small productions of wine and of a high quality olive oil, combined with the cultivation of the excellent Norcia black truffles.
The regions climate is continental with abundant rains, but summer, which is generally sultry, becomes milder thanks to the presence of the vegetation.
HOW CAN YOU REACH IT ?
You can reach the region through its principal airports: St Egidios
Regional Airport (Perugia), Raffaello Sanzio Airport in Falconara
(AN) and Miramare Airport in Rimini.
By train the principal railway lines are Roma-Ancona to Fossato di Vico/Gubbio station, in Umbria and Firenze-Terontola-Perugia to Perugia/Fontivegge.
By car, if you arrive from the North, you have to leave the motorway in Rimini and drive as far as Città di Castello, then take E45 motorway to Perugia. From Perugia to Assisi you have to drive along SS75, that connects the two towns. If you arrive from the South, leave the motorway in Civitanova Marche and then go on in direction Foligno/Perugia or you can leave the motroway in LAquila and then reach Terni.
WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
Umbria offers to its visitors a land which is rich in history, in monuments and good cooking, where a luxuriant nature constantly accompanies the tourists who want to know better the traditions and the customs of a rich and peculiar territory. Besides the historical and spiritual towns as Perugia, Assisi, Todi and Gubbio, we recommend you to visit some nature reserves as Alviano Oasis and Monte Cucco Park, with their extraordinary vegetation and various species of birds and animals, that live in the quiet of a WWF protected habitat.