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Take a leisurely meander along its quiet country lanes, passing fields of sunflowers, stopping every so often to explore one of the many ancient villages and towns: Montefalco, Bevagna, Todi, Orvieto and Spello are perfect examples.
Whilst essentially rural, Umbria boasts important, historical centres to rival many in Italy. Perugia, its medieval capital, is noted world wide for its magnificent architecture and has one of Italy's finest piazzas. Gubbio, dating back to Roman times, is a town rich in history - make your way to the Basilica Sant' Ubaldo at the very top of the town and you will be rewarded with a glorious panorama of the Apennines.
Not to be missed is Assisi, a stirring sight as you approach across the plain. The wonderful Basilica, in honour of St Francis, attracts pilgrims from all over the world. The town rests on the side of Monte Subásio, part of the Apennine range. This protected territory of outstanding natural beauty, with its wealth of flora and fauna, is a paradise for nature lovers and walkers.
Finally, do not miss a visit to Lago di Trasimeno, the vast lake at the heart of this landlocked region. As the early morning mist lifts, its shimmering waters are revealed, enticing you to take a boat trip out to one of the islands or simply take the air in one of its waterfront villages.
Black and white truffles are used to flavour pasta and risotto, Porchetta (pork cooked over a wood fire stuffed with minced liver, pepper, garlic and wild fennel) is served throughout Umbria. Olive groves can be seen throughout the region, indicating its importance in the local cuisine.
The most famous Umbrian wine is the Orvieto Classico, a dry white wine which, it has been said, was used as payment to architects working on the Duomo in Orvieto. Try, too, the vintage red wines from around Montefalco and Torgiano.
Less well known festivals include a water version of the Palio on Lake Trasimeno,where boats take the place of the horses, the October Euro chocolate exhibition in Perugia. Whatever the event, you will be sure that music, fireworks, food and wine all play an important part.