Umbria is serene, majestic and rural, graced by medieval cities and rustic villages. Lesser known than the neighbouring region of Tuscany, Umbia has many hidden gems on offer and house prices are generally more attractive than its counterpart.
Umbria offers a varied landscape with hill-top towns such as Assisi, whose Basilica houses some of the greatest masterpieces in Italy, the vast sandy beaches and swaying reeds of Lake Trasimeno (Italy’s fourth largest lake!) and a rolling green countryside overflowing with olive groves and vineyards, which rival those of Tuscany. All these combine with outstanding art and architecture to offer the quintessential Italian experience. Perugia, Gubbio, Spello, Montefalco and Todi are laden with Romanesque churches, civic palaces, magnificent frescoes and 14th and 15th century sleepy squares.
The regions cuisine has achieved world-class celebrity status with the truffle a speciality and the wines such as Orvieto and olive oils of the region are delicious.
Umbria is a great destination to purchase property and although the regions main airport Perugia is not yet on the flight path of low cost airlines, Pisa and Ancona are within easy reach. Property tends to be more expensive in the tourist attractions of Assisi and Orvieto and in the south of the region but prices are reasonable around Lake Trasimeno and in the northern more rugged area around Citta di Castello and Umbertide.
On the whole Umbria has many assets; it is ideally located to explore its neighbours (Tuscany, Le Marche, Lazio and Emilia Romagna), the choice of properties is wide ranging, its natural beauty is outstanding and its popularity with overseas tourists guarantees a good level of rental income for the potential homebuyer.
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