UMBRIA – Italy’s Green Heart
Let’s imagine a place where the overlapping hills are surrounded by wildflowers, where history seems to creep up on you from every corner and the Italian delicacies pamper all your senses… Benvenuti in Umbria, the Italy’s Green Heart! Situated between Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, Umbria is the only Italian region that borders neither the sea nor another country.
How to get there
Umbria has a regional airport, the Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria – Perugia “San Francesco d’Assisi”, often known by its former name of Sant’Egidio, midway between Perugia (12km) and Assisi.
There is a direct flight from London Stansted to Perugia with Ryanair. From April to October this is a daily connection. From April to October, three times a day flights go to Rome Fiumicino, which can be a good solution for connections with international flights.
Flights to Rome leave a similar two-hour-plus journey time by train or car to southern Umbria. A map of Umbria towns can help you to see where are the important cities and how to get there.
If you want to explore the remoter rural areas, driving is the best. Umbria road map is looking good. The roads are generally well-maintained, and 24-hour petrol stations are reasonably common, though don’t always count on being able to use your credit card in the machine.
Buses connect most smaller towns and villages, and provide the only public transport access to Norcia and Gubbio, though services can be sparse on Sundays;
If you want to travel with the bus you should buy the tickets before boarding (look for the blue “T” sign). Also, bus tickets and train tickets always need stamping: for trains, in the orange machines on platforms and in station buildings, for buses, in the machines on board.
Weather – when to visit
The best times to visit Umbria is in the spring and fall.
From late May, the summer tourist rush really picks up and from July to mid-September the country is teeming with visitors. The hottest month is July, when max temperature is about 31℃. In winter (late Oct to Easter), most sights go to shorter winter hours or are closed for restoration and rearrangement. Umbria stays cooler throughout the year and can get downright frozen in winter. Fall is also fairly mild, with lots of rainfall being the only drawback.