Explore the Umbria wine region and its most famous attractions

Umbria is called the “green heart of Italy” for its lush vegetation and central, landlocked position. Today it is what Tuscany was some decades ago before its tourism boom, and can still be enjoyed in peace and tranquility.

It’s covered in hills, forests, vineyards and, for about a month of the year, sweeping yellow fields of bright sunflowers. Besides towns that are bursting with character like historic Orvieto and Assisi, there is tons to do here. Umbria offers great sightseeing and activities.

Gaze upon Europe’s tallest waterfall of Marmore; visit a rare example of how a forest was 3 million years ago at Dunarobba Fossil Forest; and don’t miss out, of course, on a wine tasting of Umbria’s great whites and reds.

This small, green region is known best for its rich, peach-scented white wine, the dry or sweet Orvieto from the town of the same name and surrounding area. It also produces the powerful, age-worthy red Montefalco Rosso, made in a subzone of the Sagrantino wine zone (which is also the name of the grape).

Nearby are the hills of the small Torgiano wine zone. Here, sangiovese is made into generally easier-drinking reds (together with canaiolo) than its neighboring Tuscan counterparts; and dry Torgiano bianco from trebbiano and grechetto.