Rich with rolling verdant hills, imposing mountains and serene lakes, Umbria’s countryside does not disappoint. Neither does its long history, picturesque towns, culinary delights or traditional festivals.
In the heart of the Basilicata region lies an ancient city that has managed to overcome decades of neglect. It is called Matera, a city that’s home to the Sassi (a series of cave-dwellings that have been inhabited for over 8,000 years). In 2019, Matera, along with Plovdiv in Bulgaria, will share the title of European Capital of Culture.
Trees grow and change with time, but a particular Christmas tree in Gubbio has remained largely the same while the tourism industry around it has done the growing.
When temperatures soar during the Roman summer, it’s always a relief to know that you’re never far from fountains. Rome is full of them. Marble gods, mythical creatures and animals clamber above the spouts of some of Rome’s most elaborate fountains, while locals stop for a drink at the humble nasoni that are dotted around the centre.