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 marvel. I mean, the most famous eco-lover of all time, Saint Francis, must have chosen this place as his humble abode for a reason. For lovers of the outdoors, here are the places we recommend you explore.
Cascate delle Marmore are one of the most spectacular sceneries in Italy, and probably in Europe. They 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: breathtaking sunsets reserved for those who visit its shores, in particular the picturesque Passignano sul Trasimeno with its fortress on a cliff. 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 culminates with a spectacular chase on the lake. During the summer, Lake Trasimeno 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 ‘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. We recommend visiting in the days between June/July, when the traditional Water Festivity is held.
Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini
The Monti Sibillini are a mountainous region stretching between Marche and Umbria. It may also 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 check out the Monti Sibillini’s Grande Anello, or what translates to Big Ring–it’s not a precious heirloom but a round trail of 120km divided into 12km sections. Pick where you’d like to start and which direction to take then start walking. Every stop will have somewhere to rest your feet and fill your belly.
Piani di Castelluccio di Norcia, Castelluccio’s Blossoming – May-July
Each 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 and the meadows seem painted by the light touch of an impressionist. This time of year allows visitors to enjoy the work of the best artist in history: mother nature.