As you pack your bags, and load up your van or campervan, you can't help but feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. You're about to embark on a journey through the heart of Italy, a road trip that will take you to one of the most beautiful and underrated regions in the country: Umbria. Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Tuscany, Umbria is just waiting to be discovered. This "green heart of Italy" is home to charming towns, picturesque landscapes, delicious food and wine, and a rich cultural heritage. Imagine yourself cruising through the winding roads of Umbria, the sun shining down on you, and the sweet scent of vineyards in the air. With the freedom of your own van or campervan, you can go wherever your heart desires, and explore the picturesque landscapes and charming towns that this region is famous for. But this isn't just any ordinary road trip, this is a journey through the heart of Umbria, where you'll discover the best-kept secrets, underrated spots, and experience the true essence of slow tourism. With HomeCamper, you'll be able to stay in comfortable and authentic accommodation on private properties, immersing yourself in the local culture and lifestyle. So pack your bags, grab your keys, and let's hit the road for an Umbrian adventure you'll never forget!
One of the must-see destinations in Umbria is the town of Assisi. Known for its association with St. Francis, the town is home to the Basilica of San Francesco, a beautiful church that contains the tomb of the saint, as well as a series of frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue. Visitors can also take a stroll through the town's charming streets, lined with medieval houses and beautiful squares.
Perugia, the regional capital of Umbria, is a town that is steeped in history and culture. Known for its Etruscan origins, Perugia offers visitors a glimpse into the past with its beautiful architecture, charming streets, and rich cultural heritage. As you wander through the town's streets, you'll be transported back in time, surrounded by medieval houses and beautiful squares. The town is also known for its famous chocolate shops, so be sure to indulge in some delicious chocolate treats as you explore.
One of the must-see sights in Perugia is the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, a museum that houses a vast collection of Umbrian art. Visitors can spend hours wandering through the galleries, taking in the beauty and history of the art. The museum is also home to works by famous artists such as Perugino, Pintoricchio, and Signorelli.
Another must-see sight in Perugia is the Palazzo dei Priori, also known as the Palazzo della Signoria. This beautiful palace served as the town hall of Perugia from the 14th century to the 19th century and it is now a museum. Visitors can learn about the history of the palace and see the many rooms, including the Sala dei Notari, the Sala dei Priori and the Sala dei Consoli.
For those who love to eat, Perugia is a foodie's paradise. Visitors can indulge in the delicious local cuisine, such as the famous truffle dishes, pasta dishes and local wines. One of the best places to eat in Perugia is the Mercato Coperto, a bustling food market where visitors can sample a wide variety of local specialties.
But Perugia is not just about history and culture, the town also offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. One of the most popular activities is the Perugia Underground, a tour that takes visitors underground to explore the Etruscan wells and cisterns that lie beneath the town. The tour is a unique and exciting way to discover the hidden gems of Perugia and learn about the town's history and culture.
For those interested in outdoor activities, Umbria also offers a variety of hiking trails, such as the Parco Regionale dei Monti Sibillini, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. The region also offers a variety of lakes such as Lake Trasimeno that are perfect for swimming and cycling during the summer.
For those interested in wine tourism, Umbria is an undiscovered treasure trove. The region is home to a variety of wines, including the famous Sagrantino di Montefalco and the Orvieto DOC, both of which can be enjoyed at the many wineries that dot the region. Visitors can take a guided tour of the wineries, taste the wines, and learn about the winemaking process.
For those who prefer a more authentic and sustainable way of travelling, using HomeCamper is a great option. HomeCamper is a platform that allows travelers to stay in comfortable and authentic accommodation on private properties, such as villas, farmhouses, and even yurts. This type of accommodation offers a unique and authentic experience, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and lifestyle while contributing to the local economy and supporting sustainable tourism.
As you reach the end of your road trip through Umbria, you'll realize that this journey was so much more than just a trip, it was an experience that will stay with you forever. You've explored the rolling hills of Assisi, and walked in the footsteps of St. Francis, you've strolled through charming towns like Perugia, and indulged in the delicious local cuisine. You've hiked through the beautiful landscapes of the Sibillini Mountains, and swam in the enchanting lakes of Trasimeno. You've visited the wineries and tasted the delicious wines of the region. But most importantly, you've had the chance to do it all on your own terms, with the freedom of your own van or campervan, and by choosing to stay in unique and authentic accommodation through HomeCamper. You've made memories that will last a lifetime and you've left behind a positive impact on the local community and the environment. So take a moment to reflect on all the memories you've made, and the people you've met, and remember, this is not just the end of a road trip, it's the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Umbria. As you pack your bags and head home, you'll be already planning your next trip back, to discover even more hidden gems that this beautiful region has to offer.