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UMBRIA
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageItalian
CapitalPerugia
Area8.457 kmĀ²
Population865,013  (2021)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)
Web.it
Code.ITA
Tel.+39

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Vacations and Sightseeing

Tourism has existed in Umbria for a very long time, and it is still a growing sector of economic life. People visit the area for its harmonious landscape and for the art treasures in its historical towns. The most famous cities of Umbria are Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto and Terni.

The city of Perugia is home to a wealth of historical sites that are visited by thousands of people every year. Perugia overlooks the Tiber River and lies on the border of the ancient territory of the Etruscans and Umbrians. It has mighty city walls that surround the old city centre. It actually consists of two rings of Etruscan and late medieval origin. The old town consists of five different old quarters dating back to the 14th century. Popular is a walk along the aqueduct of the city. This special aqueduct is three kilometres long, starting at Monte Pacciano and ending at Piazza Grande, which is now known as Piazza IV Novembre. The aqueduct was built in the thirteenth century. One of the most famous museums in Perugia is the Museo Archeologico. The museum is located in the former Dominican monastery of San Domenico. The museum has some spectacular collections from the Palaeolithic and Aeneolithic periods with remains from the Bronze and Iron Age from the Umbria region.

Assisi is a medieval city on a hill in central Umbria and is famous for Saint Francis of Assisi and the beautiful basilica. This basilica contains the holy relics of Francis and beautiful frescos of his life. And there are at least seven other churches worth visiting for their history, beauty and connection to St Francis. The city of Assisi, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and shrines, has been an important Catholic pilgrimage site for centuries and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.

Orvieto is one of the most fascinating cities in Italy, beautifully situated on a plateau on top of large tuff rocks. Orvieto has a beautiful Duomo (cathedral) and its monuments and museums date back to the Etruscans. The medieval Duomo or cathedral is one of the most impressive examples of medieval architecture in Italy. Construction began in 1290, but it took almost four centuries to complete. The Duomo's magnificent façade is decorated with mosaics that sparkle in the sunlight. The interior is in Gothic style and there are frescoes by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.

Terni is known for the largest man-made (Roman) waterfall in the world, the Cascata delle Marmore, which is also one of the highest waterfalls in Italy. The total height of the waterfall, which consists of three parts, is 165 metres.


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