If in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, in the dog days of icy February he is most likely thinking about his next vacation. Preferibly to warmer climes. If the drifting snow and slate-colored skies have got you dreaming of your next trip to central Italy, here’s a quick overview of what you can expect in springtime in Umbria.
Archive for the ‘Things to do and see in Umbria’ Category
One of the biggest selling points to visiting Umbria in spring is the plethora of wonderful traditional local festivals, during which the region awakens from its long winter hibernation and welcomes spring with open arms.
Umbria is known for nurturing the spirit, but with a number of fabulous, luxury spas opening their doors recently, now this region takes care of nurturing the flesh, as well!
So much is said about the iconic Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi that it’s easy to overlook her other fascinating monuments. Take a look here for an overview of the excellent Roman sites now open to the public in Assisi.
Umbria harbored deadly fire-breathing reptiles centuries ago. Now there’s just my mother-in-law.
Umbria hosts over 20 music festivals each year, an astonishing number given this region’s tiny size and population (Ikea hasn’t even deemed it worthy of a a store yet), but even more surprising is the world-class quality of the music scene.
Writing these two articles got me whistling those carols! Take a look here to see how the Umbrians do it–celebrate Christmas, that is!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most fascinating historical artisan workshops in Umbria, which has produced hand painted glass windows and panels, hand etched glass, and Tiffany glass for five generations.
Postcards from Umbria: A quick take on the abbey of San Pietro in Valle
Sure, it’s easy to be the hero until you find yourself in a dim crypt with mummies, bones, and a epic thunderstorm raging outside.