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Umbria in central Italy

todi.jpg 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 is a very low-key and modest town and its economy is based on agriculture. It is known for its tobacco crop, vineyards and olive oil. Umbria also processes food products like pork meat, pasta, and confectionary as well as products created and preserved from cheese and lentils. Some of the other main industries include iron and steel, textiles, sportswear, clothing, chemicals as well as ornamental ceramics.

spoleto.jpg Small and central in Italy, this region is very obscure and also suitable for a very quiet and low-key holiday. Umbria is a beautiful region full hills which are decorated with fortresses, watchtowers, monasteries formed by local saints, castles and many beautiful areas in the Alpine nature. The Tiber valley is decorated with important Umbrian towns of Assisi, Spoleto and Orvieto. This valley is passed through while travelling from Rome to Florence and vice versa. Umbria is the birthplace of St. Benedict and St. Francis who became the two most important and powerful influences of the Christian world. It is a tranquil place with churches from the medieval times and the Roman ruins at Carsulae are one of the historical landmarks of Umbria.

marmore-falls.jpg Umbria alos has a wine museum and a celebrated winery. Some excellent wines produced from Umbria are Orvieto, Torgiano and Rosso di Montefalco. Some other attractions of Umbria are the beautiful Marmore waterfalls, Ocriculum – the original Umbrian settlements, the famous cathedral of the Saint of Assisi and the riverside natural beautiful spots in the region.
Some of the festivals of Umbria regions are Tulip Festival, International Street Artists Festival, Medieval Banquet, Onion Festival, Medieval Pageant and Festivities and the Medieval Banquet. Umbria is overall a quiet, intimate, historical region with wondrous natural points and beautiful and unique traditions and festivals.

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