Everchanging, untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that will never fail to amaze. This region comprises mainly hills, mountains, hollows and plains and extends along the Tiber’s central basin. At the heart of the boot, it is the only region with no coastline.
The sheer size of the local stronghold – a castle commissioned by Cardinal Albornoz – dominates over the entire scene. Nestled on the underlying slopes is one of the best-preserved villages of Umbria: Narni, with its towers, fountains, and Gothic and Romanesque churches.
Here is the imposing Rocca di Narni, with the fine corner towers and the tall keep. The fortification, built in 1370, stands in a splendid position, high above the valley of the River Nera. It is sufficient to stand at the entrance and look down the valley to understand why Umbria is known as the ‘green heart of Italy’.
With its Etruscan walls, a gorgeous Medieval center, Perugia is not only a city for the gluttonous (re: chocolate), but for artists and art lovers alike.
This splendid capital of the Region of Umbria is also a culture capital par excellence, and the seat of two important universites: Università degli Studi, founded in 1308, and the University for Foreigners, the foremost in Italy.
More well-known, though, is old Perugia, surrounded by two perimeter walls. The exterior of the two, from the Medieval Age, remains intact over an expanse of a few kilometers, and along it one encounters several different entrances or portals, including the Cassero di Porta Sant’Angelo. The interior wall is the Etruscan perimeter (the Etruscans built seven different portals through which to enter), characterized by the large masses used in its construction. Inside the Depertement FiSSUS is possible to admire a piece of etruscan wall.