Top ChoiceBasilica in Assisi

Basilica di San Francesco

Basilica di San Francesco

Visible for miles around, the Basilica di San Francesco is the crowning glory of Assisi's Unesco-listed historic centre. The 13th-century complex is comprised of two churches: the Gothic Basilica Superiore, with...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Orvieto

Duomo

Duomo

Nothing can prepare you for the visual feast that is Orvieto's soul-stirring Gothic cathedral. Dating from 1290, it sports a black-and-white banded exterior fronted by what is perhaps the most astonishing facade...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Narni

Narni Sotterranea

Narni’s main drawcard is this extraordinary subterranean underworld. Discovered by a group of young speleologists in 1977, and originally accessed through an opening in a hillside vegetable garden, it unravels...

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Funivia Colle Eletto

Funivia Colle Eletto

Although the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, perched high on Monte Ingino, is a perfectly lovely church, the real adventure is getting there on the funivia. The word funivia suggests an enclosed cable car, but this is...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Spoleto

Duomo

A flight of steps sweeps down to Spoleto's pale-stone cathedral, photogenically set on a graceful hillside piazza. Originally constructed to a Romanesque design in the 12th century, it later underwent various...

Top ChoiceGallery in Perugia

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

Umbria's foremost art gallery is housed in Palazzo dei Priori on Perugia's main strip. Its collection, chronologically displayed over 40 rooms, is one of central Italy's finest, numbering more than 3000 works,...

Top ChoiceMusic in Perugia

Umbria Jazz

Ever since making its debut in 1973, Perugia's swinging 10-day July festival, Umbria Jazz, has put the city firmly on the world jazz map, with such headline acts as BB King, Van Morrison, James Brown, Sting, Chet...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Perugia

Palazzo dei Priori

Palazzo dei Priori

Flanking Corso Vannucci, this Gothic palace, constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries, is architecturally striking with its tripartite windows, ornamental portal and fortress-like crenellations. It was...

Top ChoiceItalian in Orvieto

I Sette Consoli

This refined restaurant walks the culinary high wire in Orvieto, serving inventive, artfully presented dishes, from joyful starters such as panzanella (a bread-based salad typical of central Italy) with...

Top ChoicePiazza in Todi

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

Just try to walk through Piazza del Popolo without trying to photograph it from every angle. The rectangular piazza is one of Umbria's finest medieval squares and is flanked by a series of notable buildings: the...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Perugia

Nobile Collegio del Cambio

Seat of Perugia's Moneychanger's Guild between 1452 and 1457, the extravagantly adorned Nobile Collegio del Cambio has three rooms: the Sala dei Legisti (Jurists' Hall), with 17th-century wooden stalls carved by...

Top ChoiceBar in Perugia

Kundera

Follow the lead of students and clued-up locals by searching out this artsy little backstreet bar for an early evening aperitivo. Until 9.30pm you can pair a drink (including a fine €4.50 spritz) with your choice...

Top ChoiceRistorante in Norcia & the Valnerina

Vespasia

Few places elevate Umbria's earthy cuisine to such heights as Michelin-starred Vespasia. Elegantly housed in a 16th-century palazzo and furnished with bright modern art, chef Valentino Palmisano's fine-dining...

Top ChoiceUmbrian in Perugia

L'Officina

Gourmet food at everyday prices make L'Officina one of Perugia's hottest dining tickets. Passionate owner Yannis shares his 30 years of Italian food and wine experience at this, his meandering restaurant set...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Lago Trasimeno

L'Angolo del Buon Gustaio

This is the most consistently packed spot on Castiglione del Lago's main drag, and for good reason. Ricardo, armed with a wealth of wine knowledge, assembles epic taglieri (cheese and charcuterie platters; €8 to...

Top ChoiceOsteria in Assisi

Osteria La Piazzetta dell'Erba

Tables at this local favourite are always highly coveted: in winter in the cosy stone-vaulted interior, in summer outside on a small, flower-strewn square. The big draw is the kitchen's inventive cuisine and a...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Assisi

Osteria Eat Out

With its dreamy al fresco terrace and casually chic interiors, you might expect the glass-fronted restaurant of the five-star Nun Assisi hotel to be all style over substance. Not so. Polished service and an...

Top ChoiceChurch in Perugia

Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

Also known as the Chiesa or Tempio di Sant'Angelo, this 5th-century Romanesque church is one of the oldest in Italy (and the most appealing in Perugia). It was first built over an earlier Roman temple – hence the...

Top ChoiceBridge in Spoleto

Ponte delle Torri

Many people gasp the first time they glimpse the medieval Ponte delle Torri, a 10-arch bridge that spectacularly spans a steeply wooded gorge – a scene beautifully captured by Turner in his 1840 oil painting The...

Top ChoiceRistorante in Lago Trasimeno

DivinPeccato

Chef Nicola works culinary magic at this wonderful roadside restaurant, a favourite for wedding receptions and special occasions some 27km southeast of Castiglione del Lago. The menu fizzes with seasonal oomph,...