Umbria is a land apart, with its singular character, identity, and magic, timeless landscape. Many consider this region a "Fairytale" destination.
At the geographical center of Italy, it is known, thanks to its lushness, as the peninsula’s “Green Heart.”
Its rolling hills and fertile plains are studded with picturesque towns, castles, and monasteries, recalling millennia of human habitation.
Small in comparison to its neighboring regions, with barely a million inhabitants, Umbria radiates a powerful image, both in Italy and abroad.
The landscape ranges from the great green slopes and peaks of the Monti Sibillini and the mountain chains that border Le Marche to the gentle hills and plains around Assisi and Deruta.
Essential features of its reputation are its unspoiled landscape, its unique art and architecture, and, perhaps most significantly, its deeply mystical heritage.
Add to that the region’s famously fine cuisine and exuberant festivals, and it’s no wonder that Umbria has developed a cachet all its own.
Recent decades have witnessed the arrival of a breed of “new Umbrians,” neo-settlers who have migrated here, maybe from Milan, Manchester, Copenhagen, or Manhattan.
While exploring the region’s splendidly scenic roads and byways, it’s not unusual to come across American couples enjoying the view or European travelers looking for rural escapism. Also, several Italian ex-urbanities have chosen a new, more relaxed way of life in its idyllic, largely rural setting.
Land of nuns and saints.
Assisi was founded by the Roman Empire in year 250 Before Christ.
Saints, nuns and monks founded monasteries and churches.
Christians pilgrims, and souls in search of peace travel here to pray
Putting Umbria on the map
Torgiano, our local headquarter, is a medieval village located in the Assisi valley, the birthplace of San Francis.
Located on the top of a small hill, surmounted by a tower of the 4th century, It hosts the most ancient oil of olive museum and preserves an old agricultural tradition.
Surrounded by small vineyards and olive fields, it’s the place that has inspired our journey by providing us with amazing products coming from its unique soil.
This Extra Virgin Olive Oil represents the core of the identity of this holy land.
Of all the regions that make up the Italian peninsula, Umbria is the only one to be landlocked.
The region covers 8,450 sq Km (3,260 sq miles), of which three-quarters belong to the province of Perugia and one-quarter to the area of Terni.
Plains make up less than one-tenth of the total area, and the rest is covered with hills and mountains.
The main river is the Tiber (il Tevere), and the highest peak is Monte Redentore, at 2,450m (8,050ft). Lake Trasimeno, west of Perugia, is the largest inland lake in central Italy.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis is said to have composed most of the canticle in late 1224.
It was written in an Umbrian dialect of Italian but has since been translated into many languages. It is believed to be among the first works of literature, if not the first, written in the Italian language.
In its praise of God, the Canticle of the Sun thanks Him for such creations as “Brother Fire” and “Sister Water.”
It affirms Francis’ theology as he often referred to animals as brothers and sisters to Mankind, rejected material accumulation and sensual comforts in favor of “Lady Poverty.”