Umbria, the other Tuscany

Still relatively undiscovered, not yet plagued by dense summer crowds, Umbria is the other Tuscany. But it owes nothing to the original in the beauty of its countryside and towns, the richness and variety of its history, art and architecture; of its museums, theatres and music festivals.

In this “green heart of Italy”, that takes pride in its leisurely pace of life, the low mountains that rise from the banks of the Tiber between Orvieto and Todi are dotted with tiny and isolated medieval hamlets. Acqualoreto, the nearest of these, 2kms away from Torre La Cupa, was built in the 10th century to survey the Forello Gorge. Although now partially flooded by Lake Corbara, this gorge is still marvellous walking country. Another hamlet, San Gemini, is near the Roman ruins of Carsulae. Yet another, Dunarobba, stands next to a Fossil Forest. Nearby Montecastello Vibio contains the smallest opera theatre in the world.