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»» Christmas in Umbria: Things To Do

Living Nativity Scenes are among the major attractions for visitors Umbria has to offer during the Christmas season. Visitors have a chance to experience the flavour of a real Christmas of the past when visiting one of the many historic towns and villages in Umbria featuring living Nativity Scenes.

Gubbio's Christmas Tree

Among the medieval towns hosting a Nativity Scene worth to see, are Corciano (just 10km from Perugia) and Gubbio.
Gubbio, which boasts a wealth of Christmas traditions and historic sites to visit, also has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the largest Christmas tree in the world.
It is not a real tree, it is a mountain — Mount Ingino — which through Christmas decorations takes the shape of a Christmas tree (800-metre high, 400-metre wide tree). There are 12 kilometres of extensive Christmas decorations illuminating all the way running from the center of the town to up the slopes of Mount Ingino.

Those who love good music,should consider a visit to Orvieto.
This historic hill town, one of the most visited historic centers in Umbria, offers a major jazz festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, from Dec 28 through Jan 1st.
Umbria Jazz Winter is the sister event of Perugia’s summer jazz festival. Visitors can enjoy afternoon and evening concerts, jazz lunches and dinners and many more jazz events also including a New Year’s Day ceremonial mass in the cathedral featuring a gospel choir.

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»» Rome Day Trip Tour: Assisi and Orvieto

When you need to take a break from your Rome’s sightseeing tour to get away from crowds and queues a day trip to Umbria is what you should consider first.

A day trip from Rome to the Umbrian towns Orvieto and Assisi, not only offers the chance to visit two of the major historic towns in Italy, but also could include excursions to Tuscany’s countryside as well as tasting of wine and local specialties.


To be able to complete this program in one day, you definitely need of a guided tour.

This tour takes you from Rome to medieval hilltop town of Orvieto, 90 km away from the Eternal city, offering the famous 14th-century cathedral and a lot of major historic sites.

Then it continues into Tuscany’s green hills covered in olive groves and vineyards, a land of some of Italy’s best known wines. You’ll stop to taste some local wines and other typical Umbrian and Tuscan produce.

After a lunch of traditional local dishes, you’ll drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno to arrive in Assisi. There you’ll visit the St Francis’ Basilica and some of the most impressive churches in the St Francis’ town.
Here’s details of this one day tour from Rome to Umbria.

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»» Historic Events in Umbria: Corpus Domini in Orvieto

The hill-top town of Orvieto, in Umbria, offers a historic parade the second Sunday of June.

It’s the celebration of Corpus Domini in Orvieto which commemorates a religious miracle said to have happened in 1264.

More than 400 people wearing historic costumes parade the streets of the town.

Orvieto, a major historic center in Umbria, just one hour train ride from Rome, is an ideal destination for day trips from Rome.
(see Things to do in Orvieto and surroundings”).

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»» Touring Umbria Wineries and Mills in the Surroundings of Orvieto: Monterubiaglio

When touring Umbria for wineries and olive oil mills, it happens frequently you come across enchanting villages.

Monterubiaglio - Surroundings of Orvieto

In the surroundings of Orvieto, the medieval village of Monterubiaglio is not to missed. Just 10 km away from Orvieto, situated between charming landscapes close wine and olive oil roads, Monterubiaglio has a lot to offer, including visits to local wineries and mills. On November 10 and 11 (Estate di S.Martino), the village will celebrate the end of grape harvest, with “Festa del Bigonzone“, a feast featuring local delicacies and wine (a chance to taste the ‘vino novello’)

- see Monterubiaglio on interactive map)

- Getting there:
By Car: A1 Motorway, exit at Orvieto. In Orvieto, follow the indications for the city centre and then for Allerona, once arrived in the town called Sferracavallo follow the indications for Monterubiaglio.

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»» Things To Do in Orvieto and Surroundings

Orvieto offers so many attractions, also for those who spend just a day or a day and overnigh there.

Orvieto - Umbria

Sightseeing: guided tours of the caves and Duomo. It is also possible to do day trips out from Orvieto, for example to the historic hilltop town of Todi and to the nearby lake of Corbara (on the road to Todi).  The views over countryside surrounding Orvieto are breathtaking.

Shopping: ceramics and pottery; the little pots are great presents.

Dining: restaurants are great and less expensive than Rome, so they offer also an occasion to taste the excellent local wines (Orvieto Classico). Give a try to ‘Champagneria’, a caffè that in a chic ambience offers delicious cappucino and handmade pastries, and a broad selection of Champagne, wine, and appetizers.

Events: if you are visiting the town in the week between Christmas and New Year, don’t miss Umbria Winter Jazz Festival (for details and tickets see this web page ).

- See Orvieto on the interactive map.
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