Italy: Umbria & The Marchesby Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls
Umbria and the Marches travel guide – advice and expert travel tips, covering art, architecture, music, food, landscapes, walking and hiking, pilgrim trails. Includes Assisi, Perugia, Orvieto, Ascoli Piceno, Urbino, Piano Grande, Cornero Riviera, Monti Sibillini National Park, Spoleto and Umbria Jazz festivals, the Sant’Elpdio a Mare shoe museum.
About this book
Bradt’s Umbria & the Marche is the most detailed guide to combine these two small central Italian regions, which offer all the beauty, history and culture of neighbouring Tuscany only without the crowds, the traffic or eye-popping prices. Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls (authors of the original Cadogan guide to the area) lived in Umbria in the 1980s and have been returning regularly and writing about it ever since. They are the perfect guides to the region’s landscapes, hill towns, food and wine, and art and architecture.
The superb art cities of Umbria and Le Marche steal the limelight – Perugia, Orvieto, Urbino, Assisi, Spoleto, Loreto, Todi, where art fills every church and palazzo. But never far from these centres wait unspoiled countryside of rolling olive groves, forests and meadows, long walks and towns and tiny villages, nearly all with a masterpiece or two to show off and a great little family-run restaurant. The Bradt guide covers them all, along with the republic of San Marino.
The Apennines rule here. Le Marche’s geography is dominated by a series of east-west river valleys–the Metauro, Esino, and Tronto etc-twisting down to the Adriatic and often ending in long sandy beaches, from the historic towns of Senigallia and Fano through Ancona’s Cornero Riviera to the Riviera delle Palme at San Benedetto del Tronto. Landlocked Umbria, where rivers flow into the mighty Tiber, has exceptional water features as well: Italy’s fourth largest lake, Trasimeno; the Tiber Valley; Clitunno springs (once sacred to the Romans); and Italy’s most beautiful waterfall, the Cascata delle Marmore.
Featuring superb photography and expert recommendations to suit all budgets, Umbria & the Marche – the fifth in Bradt’s increasingly highly-regarded series of Italian regional titles – is a timely guide to a more authentic corner of Italy.
About the Author
Back in the 1980s, Dana Facaros spent three of the best years of her life with her family in a tiny hamlet (pop. 52) in Umbria’s Valnerina, without a car or telephone, but where she and her husband Michael Pauls were instant celebrities by the mere fact of having two cute little kids, who went to the local school and immediately learned all the parolaccia (swear words) in Umbrian dialect. Along with acquiring in-depth experience of Italy’s public transport system, developing an expensive taste for truffles, having long Sunday picnics in the Piano Grande and learning how to tell one 14th-century painter of Madonnas from another, Dana and Michael have been writing about the region and the next-door region of Le Marche ever since, and go back to visit as often as possible.