Umbria is a multifaceted region, able to encompass a thousand different aspects, each one perfectly balanced with the others. A region where man and nature meet, and intense spirituality lives side by side with secular pride. Every city has its own unique and yet harmonious identity, which is the result of thousands of years of civilisations: Umbrian, Etruscan and Roman, followed by the extraordinary period of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each period has left its mark in the form of timeless masterpieces.
Travelling across Umbria is an emotion, a journey full of surprises continuously suspended between the signs of a well-preserved past and a vocation for the future that is entirely new. Umbria has much to offer visitors: archaeology, art and culture, food and wine, handicraft, mysticism, nature and park, waters and spas.
Spas Umbria : it is certainly not the fi rst duo that comes to mind, when you consider the other attractions of the region. But these lands are rich in waters, gushing forth from the many springs, some of which were celebrated in antiquity. A holiday in Umbria can therefore become an opportunity to regain your physical and mental equilibrium and recharge your energies, taking advantage of the regenerating properties of the mineral waters.
Handicraft Umbria Traditional products and artisan jewels: In Umbria, every aspect of life is connected and intertwined. Art and handicraft, both expressions of the great medieval culture, and then the Renaissance, have been refi ned over the centuries by means of ongoing exchanges. Regional handicraft, then, is always something more than simply the production of tools and objects for everyday needs.
Archaeology Umbria: Thousands of years of history, peoples, and civilisation have left an archaeological patrimony in Umbria that is diffi cult even to quantify. Virtually every city and town, large and small alike, has traces of the ancient Umbrians, Etruscans, or Romans. Right in the centre of Perugia, for example, are the Etruscan Arch (or Arco di Augusto) dating to the 3rd century B.C. and the archaeological area of Piazza Cavallotti, with fragments of a Roman road. But the most important sites are the Hypogeum of San Manno at Ferro di Cavallo and the Hypogeum of the Volumni (2nd c. B.C), one of the most important Etruscan monuments in Italy, situated in the vast necropolis of Palazzone (approximately 200 tombs, open to the public). A steep stairway leads down to the interior, built like a Roman house, divided into ten chambers; the cinerary urn of Arnth Velimnas Aules is splendid. In the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria, the Etruscan tomb of Cai Cutu has been reconstructed.
Umbria's Food: A trip to Umbria would not be complete without enjoying its cuisine. Excellent food and wine are just as much a part of the region's charm as its forests, frescoes, and castles. The traditional dishes of each city or village are inextricably bound with the identity of the place itself. Perugia, Assisi, Terni, Norcia, and Lake Trasimeno offer epicureans gastronomic treasures with intense and generous flavours. The symbol of the "culture of taste" is Orvieto, one of the Slow Cities of Italy, which each year celebrates the return of good eating and drinking with the event "Orvieto con Gusto - l'Arca dei Sapori".
Holiday Umbria Italy: The Middle Ages brought a mystical fervour that is still spreading today, after hundreds of years, but Umbria was already pervaded by a deep religious spirit much earlier. In the Roman era, the river god Clitumnus spoke through the oracle, the Sybil prophesised in the celebrated cave, Jove could enjoy the ilex groves in Monteluco consecrated to him, and Mars was venerated in ancient Todi. With the advent of Christianity, Umbria became a land of saints, churches, monasteries and convents, which fl ourished throughout the region and were essential to its economic and cultural life.
Nature Umbria and Parks Umbria Italy: Umbria is widely known as the "green heart of Italy", a simple description that certainly rings true. The extraordinary balance between nature and human activity, an excellent practice handed down over the centuries and still respected, has created impressive landscapes, undoubtedly amongst the most beautiful in Italy. Crossed by the Apennines, a large part of the region is mountainous or hilly. With a limestone composition, these areas are subject to the "choreographies" of erosion: sinkholes, natural springs, rivers, streams, and lakes embellish the expanses of woods, pastures, and fi elds cultivated with care.
Art Umbria Culture:The beauty of Umbria is seductive and at times seems quite perfect. The secret lies in the splendid balance between man and nature, in the bond that Umbrians have always had with their land and their rich past. In the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, it was a pulsating region at the heart of Italian historical, cultural, and religious events, and its cities fl ourished in an extraordinary manner, accumulating an enormous wealth of artistic jewels. So it is entirely natural that the cities of Umbria attract tourists and travellers who are thirsty for beauty.
Visit Umbria: In Umbria you learn to know the meaning of beauty. Umbria is the heart of Italy, but not simply for its geographical position. The region's wealth of natural and artistic wonders seems almost inexhaustible. Travelling the roads of Umbria is a journey full of surprises, continuously suspended between the signs of a well-preserved past and a vocation for the future that is entirely new, that has reawakened Umbria from a torpor that lasted for centuries (from the Renaissance onward, at least), bringing to light a region that is alive and exquisitely beautiful. Umbria today, reinventing itself fashionable but without overdoing it, has much to offer visitors: sport, culture, museums, epicurean delights, healing waters, and musical events
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Acquasparta Italy: The earliest historical records go back to 996 AD, when the castle of Acquasparta, built after the disintegration of the ancient Roman town of Carsulae, became part of the Terre Arnolfe, a fief of the Arnolfi family. After being under various rules, Acquasparta enjoyed its greatest splendor during the period under the seigniory of the Cesi, when it became the center of fervent cultural life culminating in the founding of the Academy of the Lincei (1603), the first school of science in Europe. The Cesi family governed the town until the line died out in 1880, coinciding more or less with the birth of the Italian State