Is Untouched Umbria Italy's Most Delicious Region?

by Christopher Atwood

You’ve ambled Amalfi.

You’ve feasted in Florence.

You’ve vacationed in Venice.

You’re not what we’d call an Italy newbie. You want more out of your Italy adventureSo, what’s left for a return traveler like you? Umbria is one of our favorite Italian hidden gems. Located just 90 minutes from the center of Rome, Umbria feels like you’re stepping back in time.

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Driving the countryside here, you’ll see medieval castles rising from stone bluffs in the distance. It's the perfect choice for travelers seeking the authentic, crowd-free Italy.

Unearth Umbria, relishing real traditions and spectacular scenery. You can meet the farmers whose make cheese like pecorino umbro or go hunting for truffles in the foliage-draped hills. For a less rustic stay, you can slumber in one of Umbria's countless castle hotels

Below you’ll find Delicious Activities You Can Only Try in Umbria :

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Far from the stone streets of Umbria’s towns lies one of the region’s most prized foods — the black truffle. Aided by speciality-trained dogs, able to sniff out truffles, you can hunt for this famed fungus in Umbria’s woods. After a brisk walk in the forest, you return to our guide’s rustic farm — with a bounty of truffles in tow. Once at the farm, you’ll make pasta by hand with the truffle hunter’s wife. Your sauce? You guessed it: freshly-shaved truffles. Read more about truffle-hunting in Italy here.



Sweet lovers flock to the town of Perugia for the annual Eurochocolate Festival . But, sugar fiends in-the-know skip the festival’s long lines and crowded streets — visiting Perugia either before or after these cocoa-fueled festivities. Perugia’s stone streets are home to boutique chocolatiers and the world-famous Perugina chocolate company. With a local guide, travelers can go behind-the-scenes at family-run chocolate shops — observing how cocoa beans are transformed into that most decadent of dolci.  Uncover more about Italy's festivals here.

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Not far from Perugia, you'll find the countryside of Norcia. This area is famed for its porky products — including salami, copa, prosciutto, and capocollo. While some of these are cured using just salt and air, others get seasoned with local wine or juniper berries. Italians rarely eat salami on its own, preferring to pair it with hard cheeses. Food-loving travelers can spend the day farm-hopping in Umbria, enjoying pecorino here and prosciutto there — enjoyed, naturally, with a glass (or three) of wine. Unlock 7 Ways to Skip the Tourist Traps in Italy here.


Grapes have been grown in Umbria since Roman times. In Umbria, you’ll pass through some of Italy's most scenic wine country — dotted with quaint towns and vineyards. While Umbria's red wines are rich in tannins, the whites from the Orvieto area are fruity-and-dry. Less well known to tourists than Tuscany, Umbria boasts countless family-operated wineries. In fact, you can enjoy tastings in Umbria’s private cellars — hearing about wine production here from the vineyard owners themselves! Discover 11 Rules for Eating in Italy here. 

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