Umbria, aka the green heart of Italy, flaunts such perfect and fabulous landscapes that you’ll think you’re looking at a screensaver. This region gifts people with moments of complete marvel. I mean, the most famous eco-lover af all time, saint Francis, must have chosen this place as his humble abode for a reason. For any lover of the outdoors, you can find a lot to suit your liking, here are the places we recommend you explore.
Cascate delle Marmore are one of the most spectacular sceneries in Italy, probably in Europe, and modestly speaking we’re pretty sure in the planet. These waterfalls are the success story of a bit of nip and tuck: in 271 the roman counsel Manio Curio Dentato had the river Velino deviated. Because of this deviation, the waterfall’s flow can be regulated just like a tap, giving us a double win: hydroelectric energy and a WOW effect when the tap is opened.
The biggest lake in Umbria deserves to be mentioned for its specialty: breathtaking sunsets reserved for those who visit its shores, in particular the picturesque Passignano sul Trasimeno with its fortress on a cliff over the lake’s water. We highly recommend visiting during the last week of July, when the traditional Palio delle Barche takes place and the historical feud between Perugia’s two most relevant families, the Baglionis and the Oddis, is re-enacted. The rivalry culminated with a spectacular chase on the waters of nothing less than our beloved lake Trasimeno. During the summer the lake even offers visitors a selection of gorgeous little beaches, so even if Umbria is the only region in central and south Italy not to have a speck of seashore, you lucky folks won’t even notice.
Lago di Piediluco
A little further south from Bevagna, near Terni, you’ll come across this lake. Lago di Piediluco might be second on the region’s “My important lakes” list, but it definitely holds first place in the “Most spectacular lakes of all time” list. For centuries the small lake was a must see on the Grand Tour, one of the first touristic itineraries in history that 17th century noble ladies and gentlemen would follow to discover Europe’s finest treasures. A lot is organized on this lake, we definitely recommend visiting between the end of June and beginning of July, when the traditional Water Festivity is held.
Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini
The Monti Sibillini are a mountainous region stretched out between Marche and Umbria. It may also well be one of the richest areas when it comes to breathtaking panoramas and fauna. If you’re a hiker or a biker and want to treat yourself to an unforgettable trip you should definitely chek out the Monti Sibillini’s Grande Anello (Big Ring), that’s not a precious heirloom but a round trail of about 120km divided into about 12km sections. Pick where you’d like to start from and which direction to take, then just start walking, every stop will have somewhere for you to rest your feet and fill your belly, so the next day you’ll be even more pumped than before.
Piani di Castelluccio di Norcia, Castelluccio’s Blossoming – May-July
Every year, between May and July depending on the weather, in the Castelluccio region within the Monti Sibillini National Park, your eyes can feast on a scene that not even the best scenographer could come close to replicating: the 100% natural beauty of the flowers’ blossoming. The colour palette ranges from yellow to red to green to purple, the meadows seem painted by the light touch of an impressionist, passing through in this time of year allows visitors to enjoy the work of the best artist in history: mother nature.