Umbria has always been a point of meeting for different stories and cultures that helped growing the identity of this region. This is one of the smallest regions of Italy and it keeps clear traces of its past. The Umbria of “saints”, of “warriors” and of “green”: all these words describe this place, but not exhaustively. Perugia and all other cities and towns of Umbria can offer to their visitors a rich artistic and cultural patrimony, immersed in a charming landscape, a landscape that keeps something antique and keep on fighting the bad industrialization and the bad progress.
Perugia has typical alleys, stupendous churches, majestic palaces and a millenarian history. It’s a little jewel which slowly shows its beauties to the visitors, allowing them to discover all its charm. Perugia keeps artistic and monumental treasures which testify the rich past and the cultural importance of Italy. Even if it preserves the appearances and the rhythm of life of a little medieval village, Perugia has a very intensive city life that is linked to the presence of one of the oldest Italian universities (the University of Perugia was founded in 1308) and to one of the best University for Foreigners in Italy……..
Fontana Maggiore in Perugia
At the centre of IV Novembre square rise this stupendous fountain, one of the most celebrated in Italy and a real symbol of Perugia of the medieval age. The superior basin lean on little columns on which rise statues representing the mythic characters linked with the mythic history of the foundation of the city; The inferior basin it’s decorated with fifty bas-reliefs representing the agriculture works, and some Byble episodes, historical and mythological, the two symbols of the city (the gryphon), of the guelf party (the lion) and of the Empire (the eagle)………
San Lorenzo Cathedral in Perugia
The works to build the Cathedral titled to San Lorenzo, one of the saint patrons of the city, began in 1345 and ended in 1490. The interior, which is in late Gothic style, has three naves of the same highness, divided by big pylons.
The National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia
The National Gallery of Umbria has its seat in the Palazzo dei Priori, which is in Corso Vannucci. Its foundation is dated back in 1878 and it has the richest and the most complete artistic patrimony in all the region. ( second in importance only after the Uffizi in Florence ) ;
Rocca Paolina in Perugia
This place has been extolled from celebrated Italian poets, the Rocca Paolina (Paolina stronghold) was asked to be built by the Pope Paolo III and realized by Antonio da Sangallo the young. The Rocca was symbol of pope authority up to 1860, in this year the tower was pulled down after the annexation of the region with the Italy reign. There are still visible a part of the walls of this tower and the bastion of Porta Marzia (Marzia door). But the most interesting part of this Rocca are the underground, in particular the escalator that from the parking, which is situated in Piazza Partigiani, run through the Rocca under the lateral door of the Palazzo del Governo (from 1870 it’s the seat of the Region government) and arrives in Piazza Italia.
This well is a great work of hydraulic engineering and testify the technical knowledge and the civic degree that the Etruscan population had 300 years before Christ.
Assisi in Umbria
Assisi is one of the most visited cities of Umbria. Here were born two important Saints of Italian history: Saint Francis (San Francesco, which is Italy Saint Patron too) and Saint Clare (Santa Chiara).
Gubbio in Umbria
Gubbio was built on calcareous stones, the typical colour of this kind of stone gives it the appellative of “grey city”: it’s the most ancient centre of the region and both the buildings and the streets maintain their medieval appearances. Gubbio has an uniform panorama, maybe repetitive but sublime. As for Assisi, Gubbio’s history its linked to St. Francis: the legend tells that in this city the Saint tamed a ferocious wolf that scared the inhabitants
This lake charmed famous writers as Goethe, Sthendal and Lord Byron, leaving in their imagination a strong mark. From then on nothing has changed: in this place you can breathe the gentle and elegant atmosphere of that past. Walk through the itinerary of this lake means to live a past which can be recovered thanks to the fabulous natural landscape made of water and trees. After a walk among its beauties the tourists can dedicate to the sports that here are widely practiced: golf, tennis, wind-surf…
Marmore water fall in Umbria
For people in search of nature beauties we suggest a visit to the Marmore Waterfall: few kilometres from Terni you could see one of the most spectacular sights of this area. The Marmore Waterfall , which is an artificial waterfall created by the Romans, was made to flow the river Velino. This is a lovely place with waters that make a jump of 165 meters and grant charming light games.