Umbria, to the southwest of Tuscany, is the birthplace of the Etruscan civilisation and one of Italy's most wooded regions. In the east, the forests of the Sibillini mountain range abound in stags, chamois and peregrine falcons. White truffles are also found here, as in the Piedmont.
The hills and mountains of Umbria offer countless hiking opportunities and you may also fancy potholing in one of the caves of the Monte Cucco regional park in the north. Amateur bird watchers will be delighted by the herons and kingfishers on the banks of Lake Trasimeno.
Umbria's fertile valleys and olive groves are home to ancient Etruscan cities such as the delightful Orvieto and Perugia. It would be a crime to miss Assisi, birthplace of Saint Francis and its basilica, which witnessed the emergence of a more emotive style of painting by Giotto and Cimabue.
After feasting your eyes, it's time to banquet on the legendary white sagrantino de montefaco, torgiano and Orvieto wines. Umbria is decidedly delicious!