In Val Tiberina, which crosses Umbria from north to south, the Tiber river unhurriedly meanders through fertile terraces and hills. In this harmonious rural valley landscape, presenting some features of the nearby Tuscan hallows the towns and villages are rich in history, works of art and thriving craft activities.
You can start you road trip in Florence or Siena driving on the A1 highway directly to Citta’ di Castello where you can admire an example of gothic architecture represented by the Palazzo del Comune or the high communal tower and the Duomo.
Following the Tiber river course pointing south you will pass through enchanting landscapes that will gently take you on a discovery of the “green heart of Italy”. The medieval and ancient roman buildings will accompany you during a visit to Gubbio where you will feel like stepping back in time.
Continuing your drive down to Gualdo Tadino you will appreciate the splendour of the Cathedral built by the Lombard masters in the 13th century while a stop in Nocera Umbra is a must for those wanting to taste famous Umbrian truffle dishes, cold cut meats or the unique pecorino cheese. Driving onto the SS3 road will then take you to Assisi in only 30 minutes. The town of Assisi with its 13th century famous basilica of San Francesco is one of the most famous in the Christian world with paintings by Giotto and many other important artists.
Perugia is the final destination; located on a hill dominating the Umbrian plain this historic city has seen the passing of Etruscan and Roman domination, rising as an important urban centre that still presents charming paved streets that open onto unexpected views of countryside or squares in front of old villas.