Hill Towns of Umbria
The hill towns of Umbria are one of the greatest sources of pride for the region. Despite being one of smallest of the 20 regions of Italy, Umbria has within its environs a dazzling array of hill towns, many of whose fame reaches international proportions.
Unquestionably top of the list is the town of Assisi: once home to Saint Francis, it's one of the most revered religious sites in the world with beautiful churches including the Basilica di San Francesco. The interior of the Basilica is covered in the most extraordinary frescoes which were painted by the likes of Giotto, Cimabue and other legendary artists of the Italian Renaissance.
Each of the next four towns on the list are heard in dispatches when discussing historic Italian towns: Orvieto with its magnificent Cathedral proudly sits at the top of a once-impregnable rock, while the city of Spoleto is a treasure trove of historical buildings with its Rocca Albornoziana fortress looking down on the whole spectacle. Umbria can also boast the town of Gubbio whose Piazza Grande offers a balcony view across the region and two of the most famous Renaissance palazzi marking each end. Todi is yet another famous hill town in Umbria with its own mixture of medieval towers beautiful piazzas and stunning Umbrian countryside landscapes surrounding it.