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Umbria is known for its strikingly picturesque landscapes and medieval hilltop towns. The region is often called the “Green Heart of Italy” because of its verdant hills and valleys. Umbria has a rich history, including the pre-Roman ancient Etruscans. One of Umbria’s most visited cities is Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. The Basilica of St. Francis is renowned for its frescoes by Giotto and other Renaissance artists. As with all regions of Italy, Umbria has excellent food and wine. In particular truffles, olive oil, and cured meats, with rich and full-bodied red wines, such as Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso.

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Is Orvieto Worth A Day Trip From Rome

Set about an hour’s train ride north of Rome, the hill town of Orvieto satisfies a yearning for many a traveller looking for a taste of medieval Italy. While most of medieval Rome was razed during Mussolini’s era, Orvieto is, at its heart, a medieval city, awash with a quintessentially Italian atmosphere – old, charming, and picturesque, with winding cobblestone streets, broad piazzas, and one of the most important Gothic cathedrals in Italy. Here are nine must-see sights in Orvieto that would make any day trip both interesting and enjoyable.

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