If you are planning to tour Europe tourist destination, consider visiting the southern part of Umbria in central Italy. This beautiful area might be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. Southern Umbria is hardly undiscovered, but is not overrun by tourists. Be sure to read the companion articles in this series that present the northern cities of Perugia and Assisi, other tourist sites in northern Umbria, and the southern Umbrian city of Orvieto.
Todi has often been called Umbria’s loveliest hill town, and believe me, it has a lot of competition. Start at the Piazza del Populo (Square of the People). Its buildings include the Gothic Thirteenth Century Palazzo del Capitano (Captain’s Palace) (built in 1293) housing an art gallery and an Etruscan-Roman museum, and a Thirteenth Century Palazzo del Popolo edifice containing an arcade. The Eleventh Century Duomo (Cathedral) now has a Lombard front. Don’t miss its stained glass windows. Across the square sits the Fourteenth Century Palazzo dei Priori (Priori Palace) with a lovely tower. This palace now contains a court and administrative offices.
Valnerina isn’t a town or city, but the Nera River valley lying southeast of Spoleto. The Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls), at about 540 feet (165 meters) are the tallest man-made falls in the world. Would you believe they were built by the Ancient Romans? Other local sights include the Eighth-Century abbey of San Pietro in Valle, which offers a wellness spa, and Norcia whose pork and truffles are famous. Some say that C. S. Lewis’ Narnia was named for the Umbrian town of Narni.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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