Whether you are drawn to the historical or the spiritual aspects of Francis’ life, there are a number of Franciscan sites which are both fascinating and poignant monuments to this Umbrian saint’s life and work. Take a look here for an overview of Assisi’s Basilica and a Franciscan itinerary across Umbria.
Want to daytrip from landlocked Umbria to the nearest coast? Head over the Appennine mountains to the east, where the Adriatic coast has a number of great seaside resort towns. Here are a few of my suggestions:
Not sure where to drop coin on your next visit to Assisi and Perugia? Here are some of my favorite shops, boutiques, and artisan workshops to find something unique and memorable to remind you of Umbria!
We turn up the heat for this month’s Italy Blogging Roundtable and talk about August in Italy.
I dare you not to be charmed by Arrone. And I know you. You are going to take the dare.
This crack reporter infiltrates the cocktail underworld to make sure you get your Mojito with a view!
Postcards from Umbria: A quick take on the abbey of San Pietro in Valle
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.
I have to fess up and admit that it took me years to finally work up the courage to check out what turned out to be one of my favorite festivals in Umbria.