Umbria is a central region of Italy that borders Tuscany nevertheless, it’s far less touristy. This is mainly because its infrastructure is less developed, with far fewer trains and highways, but also because of its remote location. However, this makes it even better than Tuscany, as it has just as beautiful landscapes but without lots of tour grou...

Hidden in the green hills of Umbria, you will find a small medieval village that will fascinate you for its uniqueness: Rasiglia. Walking through its narrow streets interspersed with small wooden bridges, you will be surprised by the abundant presence of water.  Streams flowing between the little stone houses, intertwining streams, pools and small...

Since the 1930s, Tuscia has been considered one of the best Italian film locations. Today it is also a destination for film tourism and those who want to explore the sets of famous international movies. Over the years, Tuscia has attracted many internationally renowned movie directors of such as: Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, Orson Welles, Sorrent...

As you wander the labyrinthine medieval backstreets of Spoleto, you will pass many an imposing noble palazzo. Certainly, the elegant 17th century Palazzo Mauri should be a stop for bird-lovers and ornithologists. The building was completely renovated in 2009 and is now the public library. When I visited last year, flowers were being unloaded in fro...

Food Science and Italian Studies represented by Anuradha Prakash and Federico Pacchioni, respectively, joined efforts this summer to launch a new Chapman travel course to Italy.  In exploring the food system from farm to fork, students witnessed directly the making of world-renowned products such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, acco...

Orvieto's famed St Patrick's Well has got onto UNESCO's list of water museums. The spectacular feat of engineering by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger has been added to the Global Network of Water Museums (WAMU-Net), which includes over 70 museums and institutions in 30 countries. The 53-metre deep well was built by Florentine Sangallo between 1527...

Luisa Spagnoli left her mark in the fashion world, but little do people know that she was the woman who invented the “Baci Perugina,” the famous little chocolate with the whole hazelnut surrounded by gianduia and wrapped in a short love poem.  A favorite for Valentine’s Day, the “Bacio” or Kiss, is today one of the best-known Italian chocolates, ea...

When one thinks of the great civilisations of Italy's past, the Romans immediately come to mind; yet not everyone knows that this glorious people, who dominated the world for centuries, drew much from another civilisation that excelled on Italian soil: the Etruscans. They occupied a vast territory stretching from the river Arno to the Tiber, encomp...

The gastronomical specialties of Umbria region are endless. It is one of the areas of Italy with more variety of products and preparation, according to the territory of origin and traditions handed down from family to family. Umbrian cuisine is influenced by the neighboring regions of Tuscany, Latium and Marche, which lead to the birth of the excel...

It is the land of Saint Clare, Saint Francis and Pinturicchio, of picturesque medieval villages and naturalistic areas such as the Monti Sibillini National Park: this is Umbria, a lush land that represents Italy's green lung and provides the backdrop for routes that allow everyone to discover the region's most authentic and unspoilt soul. The Cammi...