If you are planning a European vacation, consider visiting the northern part of the landlocked region of Umbria in central Italy. This beautiful area might be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. This area is hardly undiscovered, but is not overrun by tourists. Make sure to read the companion articles in this series that present Perugia and Assisi, the major tourist centers of northern Umbria and sites in southern Umbria.
Gubbio is a walled, medieval city of some thirty thousand known as the City of Silence. It hasn’t always been silent. It sent one thousand knights off to battle during the First Crusade. The central Piazza dei Quaranta Martiri (40 Martyrs Square) named for hostages murdered by the Nazis in 1944 is a good place to park your car. Where else but in Italy do even the parking lots exude history? The Duomo (Cathedral) dates from the Twelfth Century. You’ll want to visit other historic churches, palaces, and museums featuring Roman, Etruscan, and Oriental art and artifacts.
Montefalco’s most notable church is San Francesco, which is the town’s museum, one of the most important in Umbria. It has an excellent fresco cycle dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. Several other churches are found inside and outside the city walls. Easter-time visitors will enjoy the Settimana Enologica (Wine Week) devoted to local wines.
The partially walled town of Torgiano, best known for its wine and wine museum. The Museo del Vino (Wine Museum) has a great collection of ancient wine vessels and tools. Next door there’s a tavern devoted to a famous local winery. You can taste some mighty fine local wines, but you will have to pay for the privilege.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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