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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

The duomo of Orvieto, one of the great buildings of the world

orvieto cathedral

If ever a building was deserving of its spectacular location, the duomo (cathedral) of Orvieto is it. The duomo of Orvieto, one of the great buildings of the world, towers above the palazzi, villas and houses of Orvieto while the town itself is perched high on a tufa butte above the surrounding hills. The glittering façade

Roman bridge of Augustus at Narni in Umbria, Italy

Roman bridge of Augustus at Narni in Umbria, Italy

One of the most spectacular and historically interesting Roman sights in central Italy is the Roman bridge of Augustus at Narni in Umbria, Italy. The bridge spans the Nera river and was one of the largest bridges in the Roman Empire. Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot famously depicted it in a painting of 1826. The bridge at

Tempio di San Michele Arcangelo in Perugia, Umbria

Tempio di San Michele Arcangelo in Perugia, Umbria

The Temple or Church of Saint Michael Archangel (Tempio di San Michele Arcangelo, Chiesa di Sant’Angelo) near Perugia, probably dates from the 5 C but was constructed on the remains of a Roman temple which in its turn was built on a site sacred to the Etruscans. This extremely attractive building has twin fascinations for

Norcia, Umbria, home of pork sausages, lentils and truffles

Norcia Umbria - pork, lentils and truffles

The town of Norcia, in the highlands of Umbria, is the source of some of the best pork products in all of Italy – also, strangely enough, a source of excellent lentils and black truffles. Norcia is famous in part because Saint Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic order, and his twin sister, Saint

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