Umbria, "the green heart of Italy," may not completely match Tuscany's geological variation, but it comes close. This small, hilly and fairly untouched region occupying Italy's core (Narni is the country's geographical center) is crammed full of walking, rafting, caving, hang-gliding and climbing opportunities, not to mention a rich artistic and architectural heritage left over the centuries by Etruscans, Umbrians, Romans and then by scholarly monks.Umbria has played a strategic role in Italy's busy history. Numerous archaeological finds have unearthed a human presence in Umbria dating back to Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods; flints and arrowheads have been found on several river plains and around the shores of Lake Trasimeno; burial chambers close to Spoleto date to the time between the Bronze and Iron Ages. The main settlers, however, arrived around 1000 BC. This tribe, thought to be of Indo-European origin, became known as the Oscan-Umbrians and is credited with establishing the towns and cities of Terni, Todi, Spoleto, Assisi, Gubbio and Citt di Castello. The Umbrians arrived soon after, building an astonishing legacy of tombs, monuments and cultural artifacts, and leaving almost as suddenly with the arrival of the Romans about 309 BC. To the Etruscan remains - the necropolis and Tempio Etrusco at Orvieto, the extraordinary Eugubine Tablets in the Museo Civico at Gubbio, traces in Todi, Betton and Perugia - the Romans added amphitheaters, arches, aqueducts, temples and walls, from Citt di Castello to Todi and from Perugia to Orvieto. Hikers seek out the Apennines, which in Umbria's eastern margins, become more rugged and soar to great heights in the savage peaks of the Monti Sibillini. Close by lie Piano Grande's prairie-like expanse, and the plush green of the Valnerina, home to the Marmore Falls (the highest in the country) and an eerie labyrinth of canyons cut out over centuries by the Nera River. Water sports are best at Lake Trasimeno, the largest body of water on the Italian peninsula. This guide is based on our much larger Adventure Guide to Tuscany & Umbria, Here, we zero in on Umbria alone. This history-rich region offers some of Italy's classic landscapes - pole-straight cypress trees lining dusty farm roads, rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, fields of vibrant sunflowers, medieval villages perched on rocky spurs above crashing surf. Visit them all with this comprehensive guide that helps you explore the very best places. A largely untouched coastline and protected wild areas only add to the appeal of this top vacation destination. Regional chapters take you on an introductory tour, with stops at museums, historic sites and local attractions. Places to stay and eat; transportation to, from and around your destination; practical concerns; tourism contacts - it's all herel Detailed regional and town maps feature walking and driving tours. Then come the adventures - fishing, canoeing, hiking, rafting, llama trips and more. Never galloped along a beach on horseback, trekked up a mountain, explored ancient sites? Also includes extensive lists of recommended outfitters, with all contact details - e-mail, website, phone number and location. Adventure Guides are about living more intensely, waking up to your surroundings and truly experiencing all that you.
From Italy's preeminent publisher of guidebooks and maps comes this revised and updated edition of the definitive cultural guide to the "Green Heart of Italy." Touring Club of Italy's comprehensive guide to Umbria provides travelers with unparalleled information on the medieval cities and lush rolling hills of Umbria. Part of TCI's Heritage Guide series, this book features city overviews, 18 walking and driving tours with detailed maps, pictures from top photographers showcasing well-known art treasures and local traditions, and information on museums, galleries, theaters, shopping, and accommodations. Written by a uniquely qualified editorial board of specialists, many of whom are respected art and architecture historians, the guide covers the legendary museums of Perugia, Todi, Foligno, and Montefalco, modern art galleries in Citta di Castello, and specialized museums in Torgiano and Deruta. A section on the cuisine of Umbria and the world-famous wines of Orvieta, Torgiano, and Montefalco whets the reader's palate. A chapter on tourist information and an index give practical travel tips and help the reader locate information instantly.
The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Umbria your indispensable guide to the self-dubbed "green heart of Italy". The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best things to see and do in Umbria. The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Umbria will help you to discover everything region-by-region, from the perfectly preserved towns perched on hilltops, crammed with medieval and Renaissance art to the wooded hills alive with wild boar and red deer. Detailed listings will guide you to the best restaurants for the hearty local cuisine, as well as hotels, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Umbria effortlessly. DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Umbria - showing you what others only tell you.
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The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this fascinating region. Take a leisurely boat trip on Lake Trasimeno, marvel at the gushing waters of the Cascata delle Marmore or admire the region's many spectacular churches: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within colour-coded chapters. Discover the best of Umbria with this indispensable travel guide. Inside DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Umbria: - Over 10 colour maps help you navigate with ease - Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need - Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Umbria, designed for every interest and budget - Illustrations and floorplans show in detail the Palazzo dei Consoli, the Basilica de San Francesco, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, Orvieto's Duomo and more - Colour photographs of charming towns, picturesque villages, spectacular churches, historic buildings, famous art, stunning countryside and more - Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover Northern Umbria and Southern Umbria - Historical and cultural context gives you a richer travel experience: learn about Umbria's history, way of life, art, architecture, religious traditions, outdoor activities and more - Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus useful phrases, and transport, visa and health information DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Umbria is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to Umbria. DK Eyewitness: winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017. "No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one" - The Independent Planning a longer trip around Italy? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Italy. About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK's highly visual Eyewitness guides show you what others only tell you, with easy-to-read maps, tips, and tours to inform and enrich your holiday. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.
Thenew, full-colourRough Guide to Tuscanyand Umbriais the ultimate travel guide to some of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Covering the region more comprehensively than any other guide, it's packed with up-to-date and expert information on all the attractions, from the great museums of Florence and Siena to the tiny rural villages, as well as guiding you to the best of the beaches, forests, mountains and vineyard-clad hills. It also gives you the lowdown on the best hotels and restaurants for all budgets, and illuminates the sights with background information on history, folklore, art, architecture and festivals. Dozens of photographs and easy-to-use colour maps complete a guide that has long been established as the best you can buy. Make the most of your time, with The Rough Guide to Tuscany and Umbria.
Discover the best places to visit in Italy with the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy 2017, your indispensable companion to this diverse country. The best things to do in Italy - from taking a gondola ride down Venice's Grand Canal, to exploring the porticoed medieval streets of Bologna or marvelling at the treasures displayed at Florence's Uffi zi gallery - are showcased with fantastic photography, illustrations and detailed descriptions. In-depth reviews of shops, restaurants and hotels, plus detailed information from expert insiders, including food and wine guides for each area, will help you plan the perfect trip. Winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017.
Definitive cultural guide to monuments, museums and architectural and archological sites. Each book in the Heritage Guide series provides: dozens of full-color maps; color photographs and line drawings accompanying detailed and up-to-date text; travelers' information with selected addresses of museums, galleries, theaters, cultural institutions, stores for fine shopping, cafes and pastry shops; listings of accomodations and restaurants with quality ratings, price range, addresses and telephone and fax numbers. Special features in The Heritage Guide to Italy: detachable fold-out map of the entire country; 120 maps and plans of cities and historical sites; 80 driving tours with detailed maps; nearly 1000 desciptions of cities, towns, villages and landmarks.