Castel dell'Ovo in Naples, fortress & former royal residence

    Umbria, the proud neighbor of Tuscany
Sights, Saints, truffles and Sagrantino  

Umbria/Italy (2018) – When we talk about Italy's beautiful landscape, we always refer immediately to Tuscany. And rightfully so I think because there is a reason why most of us consider it a piece of heaven. Much less attention gets Tuscany's neighbor, Umbria, which really is incomprehensible, especially once you've seen it. It is not so much different from Tuscany, how could it be anyway, nature, people and style usually don't change much within a close by neighborhood. To call Umbria "the less alluring sister of Tuscany" couldn't be a bigger misjudgment. "The green heart of Italy" has a lot of Tuscany's characteristics, the rolling hills, the charming little villages on top of the hills, vineyards, olive groves, medieval towns and with that lots of history.
 
Umbria can stand proud next to Tuscany and shine just as bright. While there is no comparison with Florence or Pisa, what Umbria has to offer is not less exciting. There is with the charming Assisi the birthplace of some well known saints, then there is Gubbio, for sure one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe, the world tallest man-made waterfall, the Cascade of Marmore and the "sacred" and "ideal" cities of La Scarzuola, to name a few of Umbria's amazing sights. The dense forests in the region gave it its nickname "The green heart of Italy". No one stays hungry in this part of Italy, it's well known for its local cuisine, in particular for its dishes with truffles. And not to forget the famous Sagrantino, the pride of Umbria's winemaker. The region's cuisine is generally very rustic, dishes are created with ingredients from local products like grains, vegetables, herbs and olive oil. Even though Umbrian's cooking is called "Cucina povera", trust me, what comes out of any kitchen in Umbria is everything else but poor. Obviously there is also a lot of history and tradition still kept alive for us to experience. How much passion Umbrians have for their past and how much they are still involved in their traditions can be seen best at one of the most exciting events in Umbria, the annual "Festa dei Ceri" in Gubbio.
 
By the way:
Umbria is the only Italian region which does not have a coastline nor a border with other countries.
Gubbio
One of Europe's most beautiful medieval towns and the oldest ancient village in Umbria. 
Orvieto
Home of one of the world's greatest cathedrals.
The Duomo of Orvieto fascinates in- and outside.
Bevagna
One of Umbria's charming ancient towns
which does not sit on the top of a hill. 
Val d'Orcia
Landscapes
When you see the land of Val d'Orcia in front of you, you just know these Tuscan people must love their country with all their heart. Not even an artist would want to change a thing.