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Cheap flights to Umbria

Commonly known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is the stuff of legends and poetry - it encompasses much of what makes Italy Italy, with the green rolling hills of Tuscany, the great food of Emilia-Romagna and the charming hill towns of Puglia. The only thing missing from Umbria is the beach, as it is the only Italian region that has no coastal border. But with so many things to do and see within its pretty lands, you’d scarcely notice the lack.

Characterised by pristine, wild beauty, Umbria is postcard-perfect - think open meadows, green hills, fertile valleys, mountains, blue lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Visit the region’s beautiful and well-preserved medieval small towns, where it feels as if time has stood still - few other places offer travellers a true glimpse into authentic, time-honoured Italian traditions as the historic towns of Umbria. Then round your trip off with a taste of the region’s famous truffles - that flavour much of its regional cuisine - as well as its amazing cheeses, cured meats, bruschetta and olive oil.

Getting around

With so many amazing things to see, do and eat, you’d want lots of flexibility on your trip to Umbria; so think about getting your own vehicle. Driving in the region is relatively easy even for tourists, as highways (called autostrades) and state roads (strade statali) are well-developed, wide and extensive.

But if you’re not a fan of driving, then get around on the train - Italy’s train system is famous for being clean and efficient.

What to see and do

The town of Assisi, situated on the hill of Asio, is Umbria’s brightest-shining gem and a must-see for all visitors to the region. The hometown and birthplace of Saint Francis, gorgeous Assisi is the second-most popular Christian pilgrimage destination (after Rome) in Italy, and is characterised by its pale buildings (mostly painted a soft white or pink) as well as its magnificent Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of St. Francis in English). Built in the 1200s, the Basilica was constructed over the grave of the Saint and sports ancient frescoes painted by renowned Italian artists like Giotto, Cimabue, Simone Martini and others on its outside. Assisi is also home to medieval castles like the immense Rocca Maggiore - climb to its peak for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding green hills, mountain slopes, and fields.

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