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At the center of Italy is a tiny, unspoiled area, a land of brilliant green mountains and hills and dazzling blue lakes and rivers. Often described as "enchanted," Umbria is full of abbeys, monasteries, and convents.

Umbrian dishes rarely contain more than four or five ingredients, and meats and vegetables are often served plain or without sauce. Meat is important to this region, and it is here that salami is at its best. Pork products--salami, sausages, cured and smoked meat--appear on every restaurant's antipasto cart. Beef is also good, especially when it comes from cattle bred near the Tuscan border.

As Umbria is landlocked, fresh-water fish--carp, pike and eel--are an important part of the region's cuisine.

Olive oil is the region's condiment of choice. Pasta tends to be long and thick and is often flavored with a grating of its world-famous black truffles, which are used liberally on everything from polenta to potatoes. Perugia, the region's capital, is world-renowned for its chocolate. Perugina, makers of Baci, is based here. Desserts are often flavored with honey, chestnuts, pine nuts, hazelnuts and almonds.

Although not a large wine-growing region, Umbria produces the light, dry Orvieto, a favorite among princes and popes, and the wine for which the region is famous. This plentiful region also produces a fine red, Montefalco Rosso.  

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Perugia

 

Perugia

PerugiaPerugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, near the Tiber River, and the capital of the province of Perugia. The city symbol is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city.

Perugia is a notable artistic center of Italy. The famous painter Pietro Vannucci, nicknamed Perugino, was a native of Città della Pieve near Perugia.

He decorated the local Sala del Cambio with a beautiful series of frescoes; eight of his pictures can also be admired in the National Gallery of Umbria.Perugino was the teacher of Raphael,the great Renaissance artist who produced five paintings in Perugia (today no longer in the city)and one fresco.

Another famous painter, Pinturicchio, lived in Perugia. Galeazzo Alessi is the most famous architect from Perugia.

What to taste What to taste:

• Perugia is known for their local olive oil and bruschetta (toasted bread), grilled meats, and vegetables. Black truffles, a typical product of the region, are used in many dishes and are the main ingredient of the Easter Pizza, a salted panettone (Christmas cake) flavoured with pecorino (sheep's milk cheese).
• The lentils from Castelluccio are known for to their tiny size and their very soft hull. Salami and cold cuts from Norcia. Strangozzi, Stinchetti, and Struffoli (small balls of dough fried and sweetened with honey). The Stangozzi or Strozzapreti pasta made with water, flour and hard work, and served with various kinds of sauces, are amongst the most appetising recipes, especially when served with meat sauces.
• The meats regularly used are pork, boar and lamb cooked with spices. Another delicious local product is the fish from Lake Trasimeno. The fish-based dishes are the Tegamaccio, a soup very similar to the Tuscan Caciucco, made using different types of lake fish such as perch, trout, carp and pike. Another local dish is the Parmigiana di gobbi, an ancient dish made with cardoons (the "gobbi"), served with gravy, mozzarella and Parmesan.

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What to do What to do:

• For nature lovers you can explore the Province of Perugia can choose from amongst a wide range of activities. Urban hiking is a great opportunity to explore hidden corners and little known historical places. An example of this is the "Umbria underground" route, where many towns, including Perugia and Todi, can be visited through underground passages and tunnels, enriching our historical and archaeological knowledge in a fascinating way. Those who love contact with nature can choose from amongst a wide range of activities thanks to the great natural heritage of this region: hang-gliding from Mount Subasio, hiking, cycling, nordic skiing, mountain biking, equestrian tourism or fishing. The more skilful excursionists will find on Mount Cucco several routes to explore its underground caves.
• In the Lake Trasimeno Park, set among the Umbrian hills, it is possible to follow bicycling, walking or horse-riding itineraries, in order to discover the hills surrounding the lake and the towns overlooking it. This is a great way of enjoying the territory from the environmental point of view, while getting to know also the history and the traditions of the towns surrounding the lake.
• The thermal baths of Fontecchio, near Città di Castello, have been valued since the time of Pliny the Younger, while the thermal baths of San Faustino, near Massa Martana, with their waters gushing out from between the Martani Mounts and the Mounts of Todi, are surrounded by the vibrant green characterising the area.

Places to visit Places to visit: Churches, Museums, Ruins, Piazzas, Fountains,

The Cathedral of S. Lorenzo.
Church and abbey of San Pietro (late 16th century).
Basilica of San Domenico (begun in 1394 and finished in 1458). It is located in the place where, in Middle Ages times, the market and the horse fair were held, and where the Dominicans settled in 1234. According to Vasari, the church was designed by Giovanni Pisano. The interior decorations were redesigned by Carlo Maderno, while the massive belfry was partially cut around mid-16th century. It houses examples of Umbrian art, including the precious tomb of Pope Benedict XI and a Renaissance wooden choir.
Church of Sant'Angelo or of San Michele Arcangelo (it is the same) (5th-6th centuries). It is an example of Palaeo-Christian art with central plan recalling that of Santo Stefano Rotondo in Rome. It has 16 antique columns.
Church of San Bernardino (with façade by Agostino di Duccio).
Church of Sant' Ercolano (early 14th century). Currently resembling a polygonal tower, it had once two floors. The upper one was demolished when the Rocca Paolina was built. It includes Baroque decorations commissioned from 1607. The main altar is made of a 4th sarcophagus found in 1609.
Church of Sant'Antonio da Padova.
Church of Santa Giuliana, heir of a female monastery founded in 1253, which in its later years gained a reputation for dissoluteness, until the French turned it into a granary. It is now a military hospital. The church, with a single nave, has traces of the ancient frescoes (13th century), which probably covered all the walls. The cloister is a noteworthy example of Cistercian architecture of the mid-14th century, attributed to Matteo Gattapone. This is contemporary with the upper part of the campanile, whose base is from the 13th century.
Templar church of San Bevignate.
The Palazzo dei Priori (Town Hall, encompassing the Collegio del Cambio, Collegio della Mercanzia, and Galleria Nazionale), one of Italy's greatest buildings.The Collegio del Cambio has frescoes by Pietro Perugino, while the Collegio della Mercanzia has a fine later 14th century wooden interior.

Events Events:

• The Province of Perugia hosts events, such as Eurochocolate where chocolate, in all its varied forms is the rightful protagonist, and Umbria Jazz, the jazz music festival that every year gathers together the most important artists of the jazz world.
• In Spoleto, the Festival dei due Mondi immerses spectators in the noble arts of music, dance, theatre, and literature against the wonderful scenery the town has to offer.  
• Amongst the festivals and popular traditions particularly worthy of attention are: the Festival of the Ceri in Gubbio, where the protagonists are three heavy candles carried in procession to the Basilica of San Ubaldo; and the Cross-Bow Palio held in Gubbio, a contest between the Gubbio crossbowmen and their Tuscan counterparts from Sansepolcro.

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Terni

 

Terni

TerniTerni, Italy is an ancient picturesque city that can be found between the rivers Nera and Serra. Here you will find the birthplace of Emperor Marcus Claudius Tacitus at Internamna Nahartium among many other unique settings.

Terni is a mix of ancient times and modern mainly due to the fact that during World War II, Terni was hit heavy and many of the ancient buildings from its rich history was completely destroyed.

You will love the rich historical buildings that have been preserved in the old town center which include the Church of St. Francis from the 12th century, St. Alo a quaint and romantic church, Church of St. Salvatore, Church of St. Peter, and the Cathedral. Each one of these unique and exquisite buildings has a story to tell that can be seen through the frescoes, structure, design, and of course the ancient atmosphere that is present in the air.

Wandering through the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater and visiting many of the unique sights around Terni will have you walking in the footsteps of an ancient culture that once ruled the entire Umbria area. Medieval walls, towers and palaces welcome you as you stroll along the road with awesome beauty that will remain with you as you return home.

There are many wonderful attractions that guests love when they visit Terni which include Piazza Tacito with its memorable Fountain, Palazzo Spada, Largo Villa Gloir, which was the design of Ridolfi, Corso del Popolo, and the Obelisque "Lancia di Luce" which was created by Arnaldo Pomodoro.

As the legends goes, the remains of the saints is guarded by the Basilica of St. Valentine which is a main attraction that must not be left off your places to visit while in Terni.

Terni is a quiet and peaceful town where you will be able to enjoy history of ancient times unlike other areas of Italy. The quiet serene location of Terni between the rivers is one that must be enjoyed leisurely and not rushed.

In the vicinity there is the city of Narni, the roman Narnia, that gave name to the famous Narnia serie, recently on movies. Narni, province of Terni, in the region of Umbria. Built on a hill 240 metres a. s. l., 20,570 inhabitants, is the geographic middle of Italy. The town has outstanding views over the River Nera valley and offers artisitic and archaelogical itineraries, plus an abundance of natural history for the tourist.

What to taste What to taste:

• In the province of Terni there are numerous local products. Among the cheeses are the "caciotta", a soft cheese, the sheep's milk "fossa" cheese matured underground or in caves, the Ravaggiolo and the salted ricotta.
• Among the salami and cold cuts we recommend the Ciauscolo (that can be spread), the Mazzafegato (a local sausage) and the local ham. The local types of pasta are the Strangozzi or strozzapreti, long pasta made with water and flour without eggs, with a square or rectangular section.
• The local cakes are the regional ones: the Castagnole (Carnival fritters) are little fried dumplings soaked in Alchermes liqueur or sprinkled with sugar or honey; the mostaccioli, biscuits sweetened with grape must or mosto; the panpepato or gingerbread, the pinolata (pine nut macaroons) and the almond biscuits called tozzetti. As the area is rich in vineyards there is a great variety of red and white wines: Sangiovese, Merlot, Montepulciano, Cannaiolo, Ciliegiolo and Barbera. Among the white wines we recommend the Malvasia, the Grechetto, and the Drupeggio. The Orvietano is one of the area's most common wines. The province is also an olive oil producer, and the whole area of Terni is also rich in that most precious of delicacies, the truffle.

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• The whole province is an ideal place for all those who are keen on photography and archaeology.
• Terni, Orvieto and Monteleone all boast panoramic views, monuments and museums, which preserve priceless works of art . Wide spaces and grasslands are ideal for mountain biking and horse-riding activities. The area is much appreciated by sports enthusiasts who love hiking in order to discover the flowers growing in the area, ranging from poisonous plants, alpine flora, and orchids, and also the many varieties of fauna.
• Bird watching opportunities abound, above all within the nature reserve run by the WWF: more than 900 hectares where you can find up to 160 different bird species among the migratory and sedentary ones. The presence of mountains makes mountaineering a popular activity here. Moreover, the local sports associations are very active in organising canoeing and kayaking excursions and courses along the rivers.

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• In Terni, there is a large piazza in the "old town", the Piazza Europa, closed on one side by the Palazzo Spada, now the Town Hall.  Nearby is the oldest surviving building in the city, the Chiesa di San Salvatore, a circular structure with a conical roof, featuring 15th and 16th Century frescoes of The Last Judgement by di Tomasso inside, was originally built in the 5th Century, but was expanded in the 12th.
The Basilica di Santa Valentino, the city's patron saint (and patron saint of lovers) was built on a Roman cemetery.
• Other buildings and areas worth taking a look at include Chiesa San Cristoforo (12th Century), the Case dei Castelli, a group of medieval houses, Palazzo Carrara, also medieval in origins, and the large Augustinian church, San Pietro (15th Century)
• Visitors to the area will also enjoy an excursion to Piediluco Lake, set in a bowl of verdant hills, to sink a fishing line into the black waters, to row a boat, or simply picnic and stroll round the shore.
• Looking for a place to stay in the vicinity of Terni?  Try one of the many Agriturismos that dot the countryside.  You'll enjoy the countryside, and hospitality that includes home-cooked Umbrian style meals made from local products, which you can savor with some of the best Italian wines.

Events Events:

• Many feast days and festivals are celebrated in the towns and villages of the area. The most important is Saint Valentine's day which is which is celebrated throughout the area of Terni and goes on for the whole month of February with cultural events, exhibitions and food and wine tastings.

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