The green heart of Italy...Umbria

Coming back from vacation is never easy and even less so when it's coming back from 5 spectacular weeks in Italy! But alas I have returned and, after a brief hiatus from posting, today I would like to share a little bit about the region of Umbria.

Umbria is located east of Tuscany and north of Lazio. It is known as the cuore verde d'italia, or the green heart of Italy, because of its luxuriant green countrysides. It produces incredible olive oil and wines and boasts some of the most amazingly beautiful towns in Italy.

I had the good fortune during my most recent trip in Italy to explore this region for a week. We visited small borghi such as Paciano and Panicale, Castiglione del Lago and Città della Pieve. We traveled to more well-known towns such as Assisi and Orvieto. We partook in local specialties such as pici pasta, cheeses, wild boar salumi and lots and lots of truffle.

It is a region that is well-worth a visit for anyone seeking art, history, culture, great food and wine. It has something to offer everyone.

Today's goal was to simply present an overview of Umbria for all of you who may be unfamiliar with it, but I will also be doing individual posts about some of the specific towns we visited and some of the specific meals we had. So stay tuned and as always...