Perugia is located near the River Tiber and is known to be the artistic centre of Italy. There is a wealth of things to do in Perugia, all of which boast some form of artistic quality. The Rocca Paolina fortress is the city’s most popular historic site, built in the 16th century a large proportion was destroyed in the 19th century when the city gained independence from the pope. The fortress’ most striking features are the medieval streets and remains of buildings and piazzas underneath the fortress which were incorporated into its foundations.
The town of Assisi attracts hundreds of pilgrims and tourists alike every year. Assisi is the birthplace of St Francis and the town still remains relatively untouched. Owing to its spiritual heritage there are a number of religious and historic sites to visit.
The medieval town of Gubbio, located on the lower slopes of Mount Ingino is a fantastic place to visit for those looking for things to do in Umbria. The Piazza Grande is an ideal spot to relax with its cafés, laid back atmosphere and magnificent views. For those who can brave it, the extraordinary caged, standing La Funivia di Gubbio chairlift is a fantastic way to see across the town.
This perfectly preserved medieval town is a cultural centre known for its annual Festival dei due Mondi featuring dance, music and theatre from all around the world. Additionally, there are several noteworthy churches, a Cathedral with lovely mosaics, and the majestic Bridge of Towers, 80m high and 200m long, linking the town to the surrounding mountains.
In a superb location on the slopes of Monte Subasio, the ancient walled town of Spello enjoys outstanding views over the Umbrian plain from its position above the Topino valley, and boasts more than two dozen ecclesiastical buildings as well as a beautiful piazza. For those looking for things to do in Umbria, Spello is simply a treasure trove of art with stunning frescoes by Pinturicchio and Perugino.
Enjoying a splendid location overlooking the Topino valley and the river Clitunno, the historically important Montefalco is perhaps best known for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a very fine wine, produced from century old vines which were orginally imported by Franciscan monks.
In a spectacularly dramatoc location on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff, the town of Orvieto, best known for its fine wine produced in surrounding vineyards, is home to prestigious museums and magnificent buildings dating from the 13th to 16th century including the Duomo di Oriveto, its facade a masterpiece of Italian Gothic art.
Housing numerous Renaissance and Gothic buildings, this charmingly elegant medieval hilltop town overlooks the Tiber valley. The central Piazza del Popolo, flanked by its Duomo and three 13th century palaces, is accepted to be the most perfect medieval square in Italy.
Torgiano Wine Museum
The delightful medieval hilltop town of Torgiano is home to a fascinating wine museum which, containing 20 rooms of a private collection of archaeological finds, works of art and wine making equipment, guides visitors through 5,000 years of wine history. For wine lovers, this is ideal for things to do in Umbria.