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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Lake Trasimeno is a true natural paradise in the northern part of Umbria on the border with Tuscany. It is the fourth largest lake in Italy and was named after the ancient legend of prince Trasimeno and his love for nymph Agylle. Lord Byron compared it to a "silver veil" and, over the centuries, the lake has charmed many poets, painters and travellers. It became a Regional Park in 1995 and is characterised by a marshy area where, among lush reeds, you can spot wild ducks, cormorants, kites and kingfishers. The lake has in fact always been an important area where aquatic birdlife can stop, reproduce and spend the winter and is the perfect habitat for fish species to reproduce. To learn more about the history of this wildlife and discover the secrets of the fishermen and their tools we suggest visiting the San Feliciano Fishing Museum in Magione. If you are interested in the boats that fishermen used going back to medieval times you can pay a visit to the Boat museum in Passignano. If you are a history enthusiast, plan your holiday following in the footsteps of Hannibal's battle of Lake Trasimeno. If you wish to practice open-air sports you are spoilt for choice - there are bike and horse trails and you can do water sports such as kitesurfing, canoeing and sailing. Any time is perfect to be charmed by one of the towns that surround lake Trasimeno: Castiglione del Lago, Paciano, Panicale, Piegaro, Città della Pieve, Magione, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Lisciano Niccone and Tuoro sul Trasimeno are either directly on the lakeside or overlook it from the hills. Enjoy a trip to the Maggiore and Polvese islands, which can be easily reached by boat the whole year round. If you like good food, you can savour excellent freshwater fish dishes - eel, perch and tench in particular - and try Fagiolina del Trasimeno, Slow Food Presidium, and Saffron from Città della Pieve. Among the typical local products there is also olive oil and wine, which you can enjoy along the "Strada dei vini dei Colli del Trasimeno" (Wine Route of the Trasimeno Hills) The Trasimeno area is famous for the Irish lace of Isola Maggiore, Panicale's Tulle creations and the art of weaving baskets with lake reed.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Nature
“Coined as the centre of the Earth, these caves are some of the the largest and most famous underground caverns in Italy. It may be cold but this crystalline wonderland is completely worth it. The factions from the theatrical lighting light up the beams and walkways which lead to displays showcasing the most extravagant stalagmites and stalactites.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“lovely day out maybe on a Day trip to Orvieto and civita Bagno Reggio all great locations only an hour away”
  • 94 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Park of the Monsters (Parco dei Mostri in Italian), also named Garden of Bomarzo, is a Manieristic monumental complex located in Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo, in northern Lazio, Italy. The garden was created during the 16th century. Situated in a wooded valley bottom beneath the castle of Orsini, it is populated by grotesque sculptures and small buildings located among the natural vegetation. Perfect for family with children.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Park
“The Sibillini National Park is such a peaceful place. Here you can walk all day and hardly see another person. There are many levels of walks to suit all abilities. Some of our favourites include the Gola della Infernaccio, Lama Rosa, the Dogana Loop and Ragnolo/ Madellana, Please ask to borrow our hiking book.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Spa
“There is a place in the heart of Italy where history, nature and health come together, creating a wonderful balance for a natural privilege. The thermal waters of Terme dei Papi are recognized since ancient times for their health and wellness features. An environment where every detail is realized to give you exclusive treatments enhanced by the properties of thermal water and mud of Terme dei Papi. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Church
“This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The basilica, which was began in 1228, is built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches (known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church) and a crypt, where the remains of Saint Francis have been housed. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Nature
“ Villa Lante è una delle maggiori realizzazioni del Cinquecento italiano. Da ricordare in modo particolare la Fontana dei Mori del Giambologna, le due palazzine (Gambara e Montalto) e uno spettacolare sistema di fontane e giochi d’acqua oltre a un bel parco boschivo. Tutta la Villa (tra giardino all'italiana e parco) occupa una superficie di 22 ettari. Villa Lante is one of the greatest achievements of the Italian Cinquecento. Special mention is the Fountain of the Dead of Giambologna, the two buildings (Gambara and Montalto) and a spectacular system of fountains and water games as well as a beautiful woodland park. The entire villa (between Italian garden and park) occupies an area of 22 h”
  • 38 locals recommend
Church
“from Camp Joy Village is 10 km - The Dome of Orvieto is one of the most beautiful Italian cathedral, a masterpiece of the gothic architecture of the center of Italy. The magnificent building dominates the bluff up which Orvieto is located thanks to its size. The Dome has been built for three centuries by the work of dozens of experts and artists. In particular, the splendour of its facade is known all over the word, with its towers that reach a height of about 53 meters. Do not to forget the interior of the Dome, with wonderful decorations and frescoes made by some of the most great painters of the past, among which the famous Giudizio Universale of Luca Signorelli. Let's go to discover the history and the treasures of the Dome of Orvieto, a real symbol of the city.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Waterfall
“Highest waterfall in Europe. it is worth a visit; check time and access before visiting”
  • 27 locals recommend
Landmark
“Civita di Bagnoregio Civita was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. Civita was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff. By the 16th century, Civita was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio.”
  • 44 locals recommend
City
“Civita di Bagnoregio, ad appena 30 minuti in macchina, chiamata anche "la città che muore" è senz'altro da visitare. Un piccolo paese posto nella valle dei calanchi collegata esclusivamente da un ponte pedonale. Quando c'è la nebbia, Civita sembra quasi sospesa in aria. Ideale sia per le famiglie che per le coppie che vogliono concedersi una giornata romantica.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 3
“ The Tower Bridge , 230 m long , symbol of the city : it was the most spectacular part of the aqueduct of Cortaccione of Roman origin . It is considered a Roman - Lombard building according to some , late medieval according to others , unique in its height of 82 m . The monument is covered by a delicate operation monitoring of the stress state of the walls . It is considered an anomaly at the time of its construction : in fact , rarely in the same era were built civil use of such grandeur . The work is celebrated by Goethe in his Italienische Reise . The place has become infamous in time for the occurrence of some incidents of suicide [ 5 ] . Extreme towards Monteluco is the small Mill Fortress , turreted building that for centuries has played a supervisory role on the bridge .”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“The main Museum in Perugia located in the wonderful Palazzo dei Priori, building that also hosts the local municipality. There you can eyewitness the evolution of works of art ranging from 1200 to 1800, including those of the two most appreciated Umbrian artists of all time: Perugino e Pinturicchio.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful falls with a great setting and a spectacular drop. Go when they're turned on and off for diversion to the hydro electric plant.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“My favourite restaurant around the area. Located inside a historical palazzo in Cortona. It offers a vast selection of Tuscan food and wine. Try 'fonduta al tartufo' as starter, you will love it!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A gastro-bar in the city, this welcoming restaurant is popular due to its inviting atmosphere and well-established wine bar. It is a modern cantina which embraces a rustic Italian edge in its décor. You can choose from heart-warming main dishes including beautiful vegetarian options, to delicious appetizers such as a mouth-watering quiche Lorraine. Set amongst the arty backdrop of the city, it is a fantastic place to spend an evening in the fun ambience of Perugia!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the best place if you want to experience your dining with an element of mystery. The menu is revised daily and from season to season, meaning no two visits are the same! Reasonably priced, the set menus consist of antipasti, a first, a second and contorno, meaning you leave feeling extremely satisfied! Not only this, but a cheeky digestive is provided for afters too. If you are travelling with a group of friends, it is the ideal place to share dishes and try new things together. It is not so adaptable for people with allergies, so this is worth bearing in mind where relevant. Lunch starts from 13:00 to 14:30 and dinner is 20:30 to 22:00.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lively and welcoming lounge bar on the lake shore with an excellent live music programme. Great cocktails and food on a large terrace on stilts. Super romantic spot”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“This is a wonderful restaurant in the heart of Citta' Della Pieve. The cacio e pepe is a favourite of ours but you might want to share a portion. Also the tagliata is not to be missed. Reservation is advisable.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Enjoy the Italian lifestyle by eating stone baked Pizza and sipping fine wine.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the main Piazza of Cortona. Wonderful food while exploring the hill town. Great for being in the center of it all.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Lovely and friendly atmosphere. Tell Fabio that Alessandra and Paul send you. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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