Cheap flights to Umbria

Umbria is a region of historic and modern central Italy, one of the smaller regions of the country, and is the only region that has no coastline or a border with other countries. The region is bordered by Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east, and Lazio to the south. It is referred as il cuore verde d'Italia (the green heart of Italy) in literature – and for a reason. Umbria is partly hilly, partly flat, and overall fertile due to the valley of the Tiber. The region was named for the Umbri people, an Italic people absorbed by the expansion of the Romans. It became a part of the Italian Republic in 1946. Its capital is Perugia. Umbria has rich agricultural lands and is home to several small towns.

What to see & do

Although small in size, Umbria is home to plenty of tourist attractions worth visiting. There’s Basilica di San Francesco, the crowning glory of Assisi's UNESCO World Heritage ensemble and is home to one of the most famous works of art in the country: a series of 28 frescoes depicting the life of St Francis. The basilica’s interior is comprised of frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. Underneath in the crypt is St Francis' tomb. Chocolate lovers will surely be delighted when they visit Casa del Cioccolato Perugina, which includes a tour where one can participate in a chocolate-making workshop. Check out Lago Trasimeno, the fourth-largest lake in the country. Adorned with olive groves, vines, oak, cypress, and sunflower fields, not to mention, a castle on top of medieval towns, this lovely landscape is surely a sight to behold. Visit the Gothic palace of Palazzo dei Priori, built between 13th and 14th centuries, and is a stunning display of architectural excellence. At present, it houses the city's main art gallery, the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. Another breath-taking Gothic architecture – this time, a cathedral – worth visiting is Cattedrale di Orvieto, featuring Luca Signorelli’s spectacular fresco cycle, Giudizio Universale. There’s an art show inside, curated by Luca Signorelli's Giudizio Universale. Next to it is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto, which houses religious relics from the cathedral, Etruscan antiquities, works by artists such as Simone Martini, and the three Pisanos: Andrea, Nino, and Giovanni. There’s also Orvieto Underground, a series of 440 caves that has been utilised for thousands of years by locals for various purposes, which included WWII bomb shelters, refrigerators, wells, and dovecotes to trap pigeons.

How to get around within Umbria

Because of the region’s compact size, all Umbrian cities can be easily navigated on foot. Trains and buses are also widely available connecting all most towns and cities.  Local train tickets can be found easily at the national rail website, and can also be bought directly at most large train stations.

How to get there

The airport that serves Umbria is Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport, located in the capital. Airlines that currently operate at the airport are Alitalia operated by Darwin Airline, Blu-express operated by Avanti Air, Lufthansa Regional operated by Air Dolomiti, Ryanair, and Wizz Air, flying to and from Rome–Fiumicino, Tirana, Munich, Brindisi, London-Stansted, and Bucharest, with seasonal flights to and from Cagliari, Charleroi, Girona, and Trapani. Other ways of getting in are by driving via A1 Autostrada; and by train via the main Rome-Florence railway line.

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