Umbria Car Hire discovering the land
Umbria is a territory with a very ancient history, influenced over the centuries by different cultures and peoples. It is a region that will captivate you with its rich historical and natural heritage as well as the diversity that has always distinguished it.
Often called “Umbria verde” (Green Umbria), “Umbria santa” (Holy Umbria) and “Umbria Guerriera” (Warrior Umbria), this land is characterised by its uniqueness and its ability to bring together different souls, offering visitors extremely beautiful cities of art, evocative places of worship, small medieval villages and enchanting natural environments, made up of treasures such as the Pian Grande on the Sibillini Mountains or the Marmore Waterfalls.
Spending your holiday in Umbria means treating yourself to a trip full of great emotions, but also of flavours, since Umbrian cuisine stands out for its excellent mix of typical products and tasty dishes linked to the peasant tradition.
Main cities of Umbria
List of Locations Umbria
Road Trip in Umbria: the must-see cities of art
The best way to fully enjoy the beauty and unique charm of Umbria is to see it by car, which allows you to move easily from one area to another following your own personal itinerary.
To rent a vehicle in the region you can go to Maggiore’s car rental offices in Umbria, where you will be welcomed by an attentive and helpful staff.
When you choose Maggiore, you can count on a fleet of 12,300 modern cars with all the comforts that are scrupulously checked and sanitised before delivery.
Your driving tour of Umbria can start in the capital Perugia, a city that combines its medieval charm with the liveliness of a modern metropolis, which can also be attributed to the presence of young people who attend its historic universities.
Here you should not miss the Cathedral of San Lorenzo with the Chapel of S. Bernardino, which houses the “Deposition of the Cross” by Federico Barocci, the Rocca Paolina, where you can experience the underground passages, the Oratory of San Bernardino, with its beautiful polychrome façade by Agostino di Duccio, and the Etruscan Wall, an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering that reaches a depth of approximately 37 metres and can be visited via a system of ladders.
From here, you can easily drive to Assisi, the city of St. Francis, where you will be captivated by the mystical charm of the Basilicas of St Francis and St Clare, the Hermitage of the Prisons, as well as by the majesty of the Rocca Maggiore. By heading to Gubbio, the “Grey City” you will have the opportunity to visit the oldest city in the region, also strongly linked to the figure of St Francis.
What else is there to see in Umbria?
Other famous destinations in the region include Foligno, with its stupendous architectural complex consisting of the Duomo of San Feliciano, the Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Trinci, Spoleto, built on the summit Colle Sant’Elia and dominated by the Rocca Albornoziana, Terni, a more modern city that nonetheless boasts places of interest such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the medieval Church of San Salvatore, Orvieto, the “Città alta e strana” (High and Strange City), which will welcome you with the Gothic beauty of its Duomo and the exceptional Pozzo di San Patrizio, an engineering masterpiece dating back to 1527, and Todi, a hilly city known for its beautiful Palazzo del Popolo, one of the oldest civic buildings in Italy, and for the spectacular Bell Tower of San Fortunato, from the top of which you can enjoy a fantastic view of Perugia and the surrounding landscape.
Places to visit in Umbria: villages and naturalistic sites
Umbria is characterised not only by its cities of art but also by a series of villages and towns with an extraordinary artistic, culinary and folkloric heritage.
Among the interesting places to see in Umbria it is impossible not to include some of these small towns that will introduce you to the most authentic and genuine soul of the region.
Among the first towns to visit is Spello, a Roman town between Assisi and Foligno, which we recommend visiting in May or June, the months in which the famous Infiorata del Corpus Domini (Corpus Domini Flower Festival) takes place, transforming the streets of the town into a large carpet of flowers, Bevagna, a village with an intact medieval charm where, in addition to visiting the historic centre, you can also walk on its 700-metre long walls, Gualdo Tadino, a medieval village dominated by the Rocca Flea and renowned for its ceramic production, and Città di Castello, which differs from many Umbrian villages due to its Renaissance layout.
If you want to discover other Umbrian villages, don’t miss a visit to Citerna, a village in the Upper Tiber Valley that hides an underground city, to Norcia, the town of St Benedict, to Narni, where you can see the Rocca Albornoz and take part in the famous historical commemoration of “La Corsa all’Anello”, and to Città della Pieve, the birthplace of Perugino chocolate.
Don’t forget to take a tour of the small villages and unspoilt nature of the Valnerina.
In the Valley of the Nera river, you can see one of Umbria’s greatest natural treasures, the stupendous Marmore Waterfalls, among the highest in Europe. However, if you want to enjoy a day of relaxation head for Lake Trasimeno, one of Italy’s largest and most romantic lakes, or Lake Piediluco, once an obligatory stop on the Grand Tour.
Among the most interesting natural areas in the region is the magnificent Monti Sibillini National Park where, on the Pian Grande and Pian Perduto in the Sibillini Mountains you can witness the incredible spectacle of the flowers in bloom between June and July.
Finally, if you are looking for some unusual places to visit in Umbria then we suggest you see the “Scarzuola”, Tomaso Bruzzi’s ideal city located in the woods of Montegiove, the crypt of the mummies in Ferentillo and the Fonti di Clitunno on the ancient Via Flaminia, a fantastic park that also houses a small temple, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nature, art, spirituality, cuisine and folklore: this is the perfect mix that Umbria has to offer and which you can fully appreciate with an “on-the-road” tour.