La Regione:  Umbria


    L’Umbria a small region in central Italy, is rich in forests, lakes, and natural parks, like il Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini. For this reason, it is known as il cuore verde d’Italia (the green heart of Italy). The fertile soil of its high plains and hills produces truffles, grapes, and olives. The region is also famous for its chocolate. The Perugina factory is in Perugia, the capital, and in the fall the town is home to Eurochocolate, a festival of chocolate! Perugia is also home to the oldest university for foreign students, I’Università per Stranieri, which offers excellent classes for foreign students of Italian Language and culture.


    L’Umbria has strong, deep-rooted religious traditions. Some of the most popular Catholic saints lived and preached in this region from the sixth century on. The many abbeys, monasteries, and churches dedicated to these saints welcome pilgrims form around the world. Giotto’s frescoes portraying the life of Saint Francis, here with St. Clare, are in the abbey of San Francesco, in the town of Assisi (pictured above).


    Umbria Jazz is a festival that takes place every summer in Perugia. The festival, which began in 1973, attracts Italian and international artists to play and sing for ten days. Besides concerts, the festival also offers music classes, with teaches from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.


    Lago Trasimeno: Ci sono tre isole nel Lago Trasimeno: l’isola maggiore, l’isole minore e l’isola polvere.


    Le Cascade delle Marmore: Sono stati fatti dai Romani di antiquità