The Amateur Traveler talks to Rebecca about her adopted home of Umbria in Italy.
Umbria is known as the green heart of Italy. Perhaps less well known than its neighbor of Tuscany to the North Umbria is a verdant region of hill towns, farms, and national parks located in the center of Italy.
“Umbria is just far enough under the radar to give you some indie street cred, but no so far under the radar, as to be a logistical nightmare. Umbria easily rivals Tuscany in things like art, architecture, archeology, food, and wine all these things that people come to the rural parts of Italy for. But in Umbria, there are dramatically fewer tourists. You feel like you are having a more authentic experience.
Umbria is the home of two very famous destinations. One is Assisi, the home of Saint Francis. It is one of the most visited cities in Italy. And the other is Perugia which is also our provincial capital and its the home of a very famous university for foreigners. This means you are able to get around even if you can’t spit out a word of Italian.”
Rebecca Winke – Innkeeper, Blogger, and Travel Writer
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