Umbria is one of the oldest regions in the country. Before the Romans managed to conquer and rule all of Italy, the ancient Umbria region was inhabited by people who were known as the Umbri. Italy was predominantly inhabited by Italics and that included the Umbri people. The Umbri people inhabited the area east of river Tiber in an era that is today referred to as pre-Roman.
Umbria has some very old towns, many of which have been rebuilt and have been substantially modernized. But they still hold onto some old world charm. Some ancient Umbria towns are particularly interesting. One major reason why such towns are quaint is the lack of mass tourism. While Umbria is popular among tourists, it is not as popular as some of the larger cities and provinces like Tuscany.
Should you be considering the places that you must include in your tour of Italy, try to include some of these interesting towns of Umbria.
- Gubbio is a town in Umbria region that has managed to preserve its cultural heritage and history. The town spans over the slopes of Monte Ingino. Even the places of interest are quite different from what you would find in Rome or Venice. The Palazzo dei Consoli, the Piazza Grande, the souvenir shops and the streets are all quaint. Take a walk along Via Baldassini, Via Piccardi, Via Galeotti and Via dei Consoli to have a trip down history that you wouldn’t even get in modern day Rome. Don’t forget to explore the Tavole eugubine, which are ancient tablets inscribed in Umbrian.
- Assisi was the home town of Saint Francis who was the patron saint of Italy. Assisi is mystical, quite religious and historically very significant. The town is known for its festivities and if you happen to be here towards the end of April or first week of May then you can experience the May Day festivity known as Calendimaggio. Assisi Basilica is the most prominent landmark. It features Giotto’s frescoes which are considered as one of the most important cycles of painting in the history of Italian art.
- Perugia is the capital city of the province by the same name. It is also the capital city of Umbria region. The city has been inhabited since the Etruscan period. It also hosts one of the oldest universities in Italy. Perugia is known for a horde of festivals throughout the year and is also the home of Perugian chocolate.