Umbria is the smallest region of Italy and it is situated in central Italy. The word ‘Umbria’ comes from the Italian word ‘ombra’ which means ‘shadow’; which seems true to its name as it is shadowed by its well known and industrious neighboring regions of Tuscany and Lazio. The region of Umbria is mostly hilly and mountainous because of the presence of Apennines. The major river of this region is the river Trasimeno and the regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is divided in to two provinces, they are the Province of Perugia and the Province of Terni. The total area of Umbri is about 3,265 sq. miles and the first inhabitants of the place were the Umbri tribe. Some of the important towns of Umbria are Assisi, Gubbio, Orvieto, Todi, Spoleto and Terni.
Umbria – Tuscany’s lesser-known neighbour and the smallest province in Italy located in the heart of the Italian peninsula. Famous as the fount of the River Tiber which gathers pace as it flows past Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto along the Tiber Valley, Umbria boasts splendid hill towns (Gubbio, Spoleto, Assisi) and rich agricultural produce including black truffles and lentils from the Casteluccio plain, Pecorino, salami and black celery. Cultural highlights include the stunning Gothic façade of Orvieto’s Duomo, Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi which tell the moving story of St Francis and the masterly artworks of Perugino, on display in the Galleria Nazionale in the regional capital of Perugia.