Welcome to Umbria
Umbria sits in the shadow of Tuscany, its better-known northern
neighbour, but is becoming a favoured destination for those who
want to discover rural Italy away from the crowds. The area is
predominantly rural, with no major cities and a small population of
under a million. Umbria is landlocked, situated in the heart of
Italy, north of Rome, with the Marches region to its east, Latium
to the south and Tuscany to its north.
The region is dotted with remarkably unspoilt medieval hill
towns and villages, ancient castles, Roman ruins and a rolling
countryside of forests, olive groves and vineyards. The famous
Tuscan towns of Florence, Sienna and Pisa are all within driving
distance, but Umbria also has many of its own magnificent sights.
These include the cathedral facade in Orvieto, the Roman theatre in
Spoleto, and the town of Assisi, whose Basilica ranks among Italy's
must-see sights along with Pompeii, St Mark's Square and the
Perugia is the region's main city and is the place to head for
shopping, bars or any nightlife, although visitors are more likely
to visit Umbria to hike through the unspoilt countryside, slumber
by the pool and enjoy the delicious local wine and food.
Umbria is only one or two hours' drive from either the Rome or
Pisa airports, and can be accessed via the A1 toll road which runs
through the region from Rome to Florence.
Information & Facts
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is
understood in the larger cities but not in the more remote parts of
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into
100 cents. Those arriving in Italy with foreign currency can obtain
Euros through any bank, ATM or bureaux de change. ATMs are
widespread. Travellers cheques can be exchanged with ease in the
large cities, not so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are
accepted in upmarket establishments and shops around the cities.
Banks are closed on weekends, but tend to have better rates than
casas de cambios.