Strada Bianca in Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy

Strada Bianca in Umbria, the "green heart" of Italy

Strada Bianca in Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy

Here we have a classic view of a group of farmhouses in Umbria, the “green heart” of Italy, with a typical strada bianca running between the hedges. A strada bianca (plural strade bianche) means neither more nor less than a “dirt road”. The significance of the term, which is widely used, is that we have a great many dirt roads in Tuscany and Umbria and they are well worth exploring. Most of them run to case coloniche (farm houses) which are usually quite picturesque, but if you study your map you’ll find many back roads leading to ancient castles, monasteries and similar sights of interest.

These roads support car traffic as long as you don’t try to drive too fast, but are ideal for bicycling and especially for walking excursions. If you’re visiting Tuscany or Umbria for ten days or more, I strongly recommend that you set aside at least one day for a stroll through the countryside. There’s no better way to get to know the real Tuscany or Umbria.

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More about the Region of Umbria.

Elena Spolaor

Elena Spolaor

About Elena Spolaor

Although Elena was born in Venice, she was brought up in Tuscany and is a historian and frequent contributor to online articles about life in Tuscany and Umbria. Her specialities are Tuscan and Umbrian local history and folklore.

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