Umbria to you
All made of hills and mountains,
streams and lakes, sources and waterfalls, crossed by the Tiber,
Umbria offers a landscape that is so beautiful to be defined "picture-landscape".
The "borghi" (typical word to indicate the small middle-aged towns located
in Umbria and Tuscany) rise on the slopes of the hills, while the various
shades of green soften the medieval atmosphere of the region. The red
and ochre shades, the rows of cypresses, the geometric forms, typical
of Tuscany, and a certain primitive nudity of Lazio here, in Umbria, lack.
Perhaps Tuscany, this "queen of culture and art", has hidden, with its
beauty admired by turists, coming from all around the world, the esistence
of this bounding small region.
Infact Umbria has been recently discovered by a qualified and qualifing
tourism and for this reason it offers so many things to explore.
Umbria has few rival lands for the capacity to surprise and emotion, and
even being among the smallest Italian regions, it shows fastly changing
landscapes, forming a fragmented puzzle.
In its territory, everything is so close that some brief movings are enough
to cross the bright Trasimeno Lake, the Gubbio's wood landscapes, the
green Valnerina, characterized by towers and castles, mysterious Sibillini
mountains and Orvieto.
The whole region, besides, is full of minor centres and "borghi",
often well placed in the country-side.
could have a "never-ending discussion" if the Siena's lands form the most
beautiful Italian province: Surely it can't be denied that it is the most
varied and animated. It is so varied that it continuously contradicts
itself opposing, in a few miles, the almost moutain landscape of the metalliferous
hills (Chiusdino, Radicondoli and Casole) to the harsh and austere magnificence
of Crete di Arsciano, Buonconvento, San Giovanni d'Asso). Its prestigeous
vineyards are like towers defending its borders (Brunello di Montalcino,
Chianti, Vernaccia). Its territory alternates woods, rocks and clay.
The olive groves and its generous lands producing fruits such as
truffles and saffron alternate strikingly to spas.
Among the land-sea waves the castles, ancient villages and
fortresses rise, but the most common walls are those of the farm
houses, stonemade buildings, witnesses of an important rural
It is an always new and surprising land, to be remembered for its
Upper Latium, or
It corresponds mostly to the Viterbo province
and it is located in the northern part of Latium, bordering on Tuscany
(north) and Umbria (east). In Tuscia there are medium elevation hills,
two vulcanogenie lakes, wide flat lands and a spa close to Viterbo.
On its eastern part along the mid Tiber valley there are the clayey ravines,
a natural curious phenomenon. Once avowed enemies of settlements and cultivations,
the ravines are today getting more interest in view of a personalized
The strongest cultural image relates the Etruscans, pre-Roman populations,
which left valuable witnesses in their necropolis, particularly in the
areas of Tarquinia (painted tombs), Vulci and Tuscania:
The necropolis of Castel d'Asso, Norchia and Blera are remarkable.
The environment has not undergone substantial changes so that Tuscia has
currently many natural reserves and protection oases (Lago di Vico, Valle
del Treja, Monte Rufeno etc.).
The medieval towns cling to castles and collegiate curches, placed
on tuffaceous spurs (that of Civita di Bagnoregio is remarkable).
The renaissance villas are graceful and elegant.