Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

Off the beaten path in Umbria: an artist’s top 10 places

Today’s guest post is by Graham Dean, a British artist with a house in Umbria. Thanks Graham!    Umbria secret places Umbria is said to be associated with ombra, which means shadow in Italian, and indeed for years it seems like Umbria has been in Tuscany‘s shadow. But now the region is starting to show itself, bit by bit.  Here…

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Umbria | 5 Comments

Roman Assisi

Roman Assisi

One of the most beautifully written articles about Assisi that I’ve ever come across is by the author of today’s guest post, Rebecca Winke. Below, she delves into the fascinating evidence of the city’s Roman past, which is being uncovered as we write. Welcome and thank you Rebecca! It’s easy to forget, with all the furor…

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Umbria | 6 Comments

What to see in Assisi

What to see in Assisi

The first time I went to Assisi was on a high school trip as an international exchange student. My principal knew I was having tough time acclimating to my new home, so invited me on all the class trips that year. Since my high school was in Monza, which is just outside of Milan, these…

Posted by on Mar 29, 2010 in Umbria | 2 Comments

What to see in Orvieto, Umbria

  If you’re wondering what to see in Orvieto, I will challenge you: just try to drive by it. You won’t be able to. My first visit to Orvieto happened when I was driving through Umbria on my way to somewhere else and saw an incredible hill town out the window. Detour! We ended up spending…

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in Umbria | 4 Comments

What to do in Perugia

Whether you’re visiting Italy for art, architecture, atmosphere, food and wine, beautiful countryside – or all of the above – you’ll find what you’re looking for in the romantic walled hilltown of Perugia. What to do in Perugia? Here are five of my favorite things about this lovely Umbrian town. Perugia’s gorgeous architecture The Piazza…

Posted by on Aug 31, 2009 in Umbria | 4 Comments

Umbrian ceramics

Italy is famous for ceramics. The most well-known ceramics are probably those from Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Caltagirone in Sicily, Deruta in Umbria, and of course Faenza. The photo below is of some Umbrian ceramics that my husband took during a trip to the Umbrian town of Gubbio. Where to buy and…

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Umbria | 8 Comments

Gubbio, Umbria

The Umbrian town of Gubbio is worth a visit and I suppose could be done in a daytrip from southern Tuscany. But personally I'd take 10 days in Umbria and hit Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto – more or less in that order. Today I'll tackle just Gubbio. My favorite parts of Gubbio are the architecture…

Posted by on Sep 15, 2008 in Umbria | No Comments