Umbria may not perhaps be home to lots of 'famous' places except Assisi, but has its own special charm, with picturesque scenery and lots of interesting highlights for those that do come here
Umbria is a land-locked region in the heart of central Italy, between Tuscany to the west and Le Le Marche to the east. The capital of the region, Perugia, is centrally placed in Umbria, while the ancient city of Spoleto is well located for exploring the southern part of Umbria.
The axis that passes down through the centre of Umbria from Perugia to Spoleto via Assisi, Valfabbrica, Gualdo Tadino, and Nocera Umbra and the villages around Valtopina passes the ancient town of Foligno and some attractive villages en-route.
We also suggest a visit to the historical town of Trevi, just east of Montefalco, and both Bevagna and Gualdo Cattaneo should also be high on your list of attractive villages to visit in this part of Umbria. The village of Bettona lies between Perugia and Gualdo Cattaneo, and Bastia Umbra is also close by (towards Assisi).
Head to the east of Umbria for the fine mountain scenery of Monti Sibillini, being sure to stop off to explore Norcia on the way, and the small town of Cascia to the south-west of here. The scenery of the Valnerina region is equally enticing - more rolling than mountainous, and very worthy of being explored. The village of Sellano is also in a picturesque setting nearby.
Near the western border of Umbria be sure to visit Citta della Pieve, above all for the artworks of Perugino.
Also in the west the Lake Trasimeno (and the villages of Castiglione del Lago and Magione which stands on the west and east edges of the lake respectively) is an attractive destination. We also suggest that you visit Cortona a short distance north of the lake.
To the west of here be sure to visit the town of Amelia, then an excursion to the collegiale church in Lugnano in Teverina is recommended, and the medieval town at San Gemini also has a great deal of interest to visitors.
The following Italian towns and villages in Umbria are listed among the 'most beautiful villages in Italy': Arrone, Bettona, Bevagna, Castiglione del Lago, Citerna, Corciano, Deruta, Giove, Lugnano in Teverina, Massa Martana, Monte Castello di Vibio, Montefalco, Montone, Norcia, Paciano, Panicale, San Gemini, Spello, Stroncone, Torgiano, Trevi and Vallo di Nera
The following Italian towns and villages in Umbria are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award): Bevagna, Citta della Pieve, Montefalco, Montone, Norcia, Panicale, Spello, Trevi, Vallo di Nera