The region of Umbria is located in central Italy. With no coastline, Umbria is sometimes referred to as the green heart of Italy. Umbria borders with Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. Crossed by the Apennine Mountains, this region is hilly and mountainous with numerous valleys. Lake Trasimeno is located in the western part. Umbria is divided into two provinces: Perugia and Terni. The capital city of the region is Perugia.
This region is rich in historic and artistic sites. Traces of the ancient Etruscan Civilization can be found throughout Umbria and there are also many Roman remains in the region. Assisi is world famous as the birthplace of St. Francis and for its impressive basilica featuring Giotto’s frescoes. Umbria is home to many of Italy’s most distinctive medieval towns, including Perugia, Orvieto, Spoleto, Todi and Assisi. There are many lovely smaller hill towns, including Spello, Montefalco, Trevi and Amelia to name just a few.