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Tourist Guide of Umbria

Tourist Guide of Umbria

The region of Umbria is in central Italy, and is an attractive destination for a low-key, pleasant holiday. Next door to Tuscany and Lazio, Umbria has long been a favourite destination for foreign tourists who find the other regions too full of their countrymen. Umbria is one of the few Italian regions to have no coastline, and its countryside is green and fertile, much of it wooded and hilly. Assisi is one of Umbria's most-visited destinations, attracting pilgrims to its sites associated with the gentle St. Francis. Spoleto is a well-preserved hilltown surrounded by attractive countryside, and is famous as the home of the annual Festival dei Due Mondi, when culture junkies descend and the narrow streets ring with music.

Orvieto is also a popular tourist destination. An Etruscan hilltop town, it offers fascinating underground archeological tours, as well as an imposing Duomo. Lake Trasimeno (see Italian Lakes) is Italy's fourth-largest lake, and is another of Umbria's quiet jewels, located to the west of Perugia, the region's capital.

Local delicacies include wild boar and the highly-prized truffle. For those with a sweet tooth, Perugia is one of Italy's chocolate capitals. As well as gourmands, Umbria's green countryside is popular with walkers and cyclists, and those looking for a peaceful retreat.
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