This enchanting region, known as the "Green Heart of Italy," is steeped in rich history, dotted with picturesque towns, and blessed with lush landscapes. Umbria offers a quieter, more authentic Italian experience, away from the throngs of tourists. From ancient civilizations to medieval masterpieces and culinary excellence, Umbria invites travelers...

Italy's culture ministry has announced the 10 finalists for the 2025 edition of the Italian Capital of Culture.  The shortlisted towns and cities vying for the title must present their bids to a jury appointed by the culture ministry in Rome on 20-21 March. The jury will then be tasked with recommending the most suitable candidate for the prestigio...

Although people often associate hill towns with Tuscany, the neighboring region of Umbria has its fair share of picturesque medieval towns perched on hills. Most of these hill towns still have medieval, or even Etruscan, walls surrounding the old town and stunning views of the countryside below and Etruscan or Roman remains. OrvietoOrvieto is one o...

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...

Spoleto is an ancient town located in the Umbria region of Italy, in the province of Perugia. The town is located at the foot of the Apennine hills and is a perfect stop for people visiting nearby Trevi, Terni and Perugia. The earliest mention of Spoleto on record is the establishment of a colony in the area in 241 BC. In ancient times Spoleto was...