Tuscany's neighbour, Umbria is a beautiful natural oasis, the "green heart" of Italy, a region that is much praised by all its visitors. It has quaint little towns like Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto, Norcia, etc. that are relatively close to each other and thus they are easily explored. A holiday in Umbria means reconnecting with nature, in a perfect setting of olive groves, cypress forests, vineyards and a friendly atmosphere. Umbria is also a region of art, culture, wine, architecture and of course, the specific Italian gastronomy. There's the truffles, ham and cheeses in Nurcia, then the domo in Orvieto, the Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi which contains frescoes by Giotto and many others. A holiday home in Umbria sets you in the middle of all the art and culture and has you experiencing Umbria in the most complete and comfortable way possible.
Umbria is "the most beautiful garden in all the world" as Henry James used to say, it's the place where many famous and influential people were born and raised, like St. Francis who had a great influence on spirituality, Raphael who started his school here and others. Add to this the astonishing surrounding landscape, lush forests that shade river valleys, quaint towns that form hidden treasures of the region, just waiting to be discovered during a family holiday in Umbria. The area's capital is Perugia, dominated by a big fortress, the Rocca Paolina, the largest in Italy actually, dating from the 16th century. The Fontana Maggiore in the city center is also worth seeing, as well as La Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria art museum, the church of Sant'Angelo, the monastery of Sant'Agnese.
The natural excellence of Umbria is what defines the character of the place, the mountains, the lakes, the forests, the nature reserves and parks, they're all striking points of an amazing holiday in Umbria. In the heart of Umbria, not far from Assisi, there's the Franciscan Baths Spello, a place where you can get spoiled and enjoy nature at the same time. The Frontone Gardens in Perugia, the first public park in the city, are easily accessible from a holiday home in Umbria, and if you're into horse riding, the Calledro Horse Riding Center around Narni is the place for you. Experience this beautiful region of Italy and enjoy everything it has to offer in a perfect vacation with loved ones.
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