Umbria is a great region of Italy next to the more famous and crowded Tuscany. It is home to many great small cities worth a visit. Some of the cities we love are:
Perugia is home to Italy’s famous Chocolate, Perugina. You can tour the factory outside of Perugia. Perugia itself has a wonderful historic center with some great hotels and restaurants. If you are driving, the roads are very narrow and tight. Don’t try to bring a larger car into this area. There is great parking at the foot of the hill leading to the historical center. Escalators take you up the hill.
Assisi is home to Saint Francis. It is a wonderful hill town. The Saint Francis church there is a huge double church (one one top of the other) and the crypt houses his body. His original small church is inside a large church outside Assisi. Both are worth a visit.
Orvieto is a wonderful hill town with great views of the surrounding area. You can take good train service from Rome to Orvieto. Across the street from the train station is the Funicular that takes you up the hill to Orvieto. The cathedral here is massive and has frescos that tell bible stories. The food and wine here is wonderful.
Now walk these three cities with us in our YouTube video below:
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Tuscany, Italy is a beautiful and romantic place. No visit here would be complete without a stop in Firenze (Florence). Florence was the capital of the renaissance movement. It has great architecture and museums. The Statue of David by Michelangelo is magnificent. It is located in the museum at the Accademia Gallery. In this museum there are other statues that were mistakes in the creation of David. They are also very beautiful. The Statue of David was replicated many times. There is a copy in the main Piazza near the Ponte Vecchio (old Bridge). The Uffizi and the many Churches and museums are worth a stop. Buy a good guide-book and tour this wonderful city.
I enjoy other places in Tuscany as well:
- San Gimignano – This medieval walled mountain town is my favorite place. It was a great secret but over the last 10-15 years the tour buses have found it. You must park outside the city walls and walk in. There are two main entrances to the city (one in the north and one in the south). Don’t be afraid to wonder off the two main streets. The small side streets are romantic and provide a feel of the original life here.
- Siena – A beautiful old city that is easy to get to off the Autostrada. The Palio is a special event in Siena. It is the racing of the horses around Piazza del Campo. The duomo is magnificent as well. Be romantic and walk the small streets of Siena.
- Cortona – This small beautiful city was made famous by Frances Mayes book, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and the movie that followed. Cortona is a small city with wonderful hills and views all around. Get out and walk! You can see the house used in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” but it is difficult to find. Ask the tourist office in Cortona.
- Perugia – OK Perugia is near and dear to my heart and my sweet tooth. This is Italy’s chocolate city! It is where Perugina chocolates (Bacci) are made. You can tour the plant and taste chocolates. The Perugina factory is a short drive outside of Perugia. The city is divided into two sections. One up on a hill and other down at the base of the hill. There are escalators to transport you up and down. The main square is old and worth a visit.
- Assisi – This city is the home and burial grounds for Saint Frances. His church is really two cathedrals one on top of the other. It is massive and worth a visit. The town is old and has many interesting sites. Park and take a walking tour (like the one in the link above). Wikitravel has walking guides and things to see.
- Montepulciano – This is where Italy’s best and most expensive wine (Brunello) comes from. Many consider this city to be one of Tuscany’s most attractive cities. It is built up on a mountain with views of the area around it.
This general area of Tuscany is also home to Italy’s best Chianti wines. Look for bottles and wineries displaying the black cock. It is a symbol of the best made wines.
George & Jo Anne
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Why do so many Americans vacation in Italy and buy homes there? There is a love affair going on between America and Italy. Maybe it’s that we have so many Italians in America and even more Italian restaurants that it feels familiar. I think it goes deeper than that. Italy has obvious charm:
- Old cities with buildings we can’t see in America
- Famous places we read about
- Clean beaches
- Majestic mountains
- Walled mountain top cities that are so unique to us
- Cities like Venice that are unbelievable
- Food that is so much better than anything we get back home
- Cheap table wine that rivals the best of wines
- Italians love for life
- Italians love for Americans
Is it any wonder we look to visits this country over and over again? The views take our breath away. We want a piece of it. If you haven’;t yet been to Italy, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Go and see the major cities: Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice and Milan. See smaller cities like Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Verona (Romeo & Juliet). Get off the beaten path and see small walled cities with fantastic views. Experience chocolate in Perugia (home of Perugina chocolates – Baci). Go to Assisi and Siena and my favorite San Gimignano. Don’t miss Tuscany,
Many towns, such as San Gimignano, were enclosed with walls, causing crowding and the building of tower houses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Orvieto and Pompeii.
Italy has so much to offer it would take a life time to see it all. So don’t wait, get started on your adventure.
George & Jo Anne
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Categories: Amalfi Coast, Campania, Capri, Chocolate, Eating Italian, Europe, Florence, General Travel, Italy, Milan, Naples, Orvieto, Perugia, Positano, Rome, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Venice
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Baci by Perugina (Photo credit: just_jeanette)
Yesterday I BLOGed on Perugina Chocolates from Perugia, Italy. Today we look at the factory tour of Perugina Chocolate. Wanderingpalete BLOG talks of a tour and how wonderful the chocolate was. If you are visiting the Tuscany or Umbria regions of Italy don’t miss this wonderful city and its world-famous chocolate. Click here for tour costs and information. Chocolate is loved around the world!
Categories: Chocolate, Eating Italian, Europe, General Travel, Italy, Perugia, Tuscany, Umbria
Tags: Chocolate, Confectionery, Food, Italian, Italian cuisine, Italian people, Italy, No Tour Touring, Perugia, Perugina, Perugina Chocolate, Tourism, Travel and Tourism, Tuscany
Eurochocolate festival 2008, Perugia, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Who don’t like chocolate? It attracted kings and queens of old. It was food of the rich. Today it is available to everyone. I am not talking about American milk chocolate which is mostly milk, sugar and fat with a little coco. Real chocolate is what we call dark chocolate. It’s not overly sweet but creamy. Put a small piece on your tongue and let your body heat melt it slowly. Feel the velvety smooth chocolate run down your tongue. Finally taste the chocolate. YUM! Chocolate in Perugia, Italy is real chocolate! It is where the world-famous Perugina chocolates come from.
Italy hosts a chocolate festival called Eurochocolate. Unfortunately it ended yesterday but there is always next year. Plan your trip early. Perugia is the capital city of the region of Umbria, Italy.
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- Euro Chocolate (gimotravel.wordpress.com)
- The Perugina Chocolate Factory (wanderingpalete.wordpress.com)
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Categories: Eating Italian, Europe, Festivals, General Travel, Italy
Tags: Chocolate, Confectionery, EuroChocolate, Food, Italian, Italy, No Tour Touring, Perugia, Perugina, Tourism, Travel