Visiting Umbria

By Abi King | Europe

Apr 26

Visiting Umbria in Italy via @insidetravellab

What a difference a C makes…

Cumbria is a wild, wet and wellie-wearing region in the north of England, whose damp hedgerows and fields of daffodils fired the literary imagination of Wordsworth several times over.

Umbria, on the other hand, is a fragrant, olive-soaked region in central Italy, whose soft pink stone apparently fired the literary imagination of C.S.Lewis and introduced the rest of the world to Narnia (via the real world town of Narni.)

As a Brit, I knew Cumbria far better than Umbria (in my mind a smaller, wetter, wellier version of the Cumbria with perhaps a slightly different ratio of poets to daffodils.)

How wrong I was.

Let me clear up any misunderstandings here and now by introducing you to the region of Umbria, Tuscany’s neighbour and overshadowed little sister. Umbria is the Mary to Anne Boleyn, the Dannii to Kylie Minogue, the Robert F. to JFK. Whatever you may believe about those names, Umbria certainly doesn’t deserve its place in the shadows.

So, pull up a chair, dust off your screen and enjoy a taste of Umbria via the means of this photo essay.

Visiting Umbria Eggs

Umbria – Part of the Slow Food Movement


Visiting Umbria

Visiting Umbria  - Medieval Festivals

Visiting Umbria Dartboard

Visiting Umbria - Fava Beans

Visiting Umbria - A sanctuary for pilgrims at Le Silve Hotel

A sanctuary for pilgrims at Le Silve Hotel

Visiting Umbria - The Tradition of Lace around Lake Trasimeno

The Tradition of Lace around Lake Trasimeno

Umbria - Assisi


Mount Subasio

Mount Subasio

Umbria candles

Individual, in-depth stories to follow…

Disclosure: I travelled to Umbria as a speaker with TBU. All words, photos, opinions and daffodils remain my own.



About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Ayngelina April 27, 2012

I was so sorry to miss TBU this time but looking forward to all your posts.

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    Missed seeing you too!

dtravelsround April 27, 2012

Gorgeous!!! I adore Italy!

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    I’m still discovering it bit by tiny little bit. No complaints though – so much to see!

Abby April 27, 2012

I love the depth and romance of your photos! I was also so sad to miss TBU and can’t wait for your posts!

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    Thank you! Yep, it’s a shame we can’t make everything that’s going on all the time!

Christy @ Technosyncratic April 27, 2012

Beautiful! I really enjoy the photo of Assisi, and that last shot is great.

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    I think the first one’s my favourite but I also love those candles!

Michela @RockyTravel Blog April 28, 2012

Great Post! You really captured the essence of beautiful Umbria in words and photos!

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    Hmm. I’m not so sure now! I think it needs even more photos of food!

Tal Gur April 30, 2012

Love the photos! I’ve traveled all around the world a few times and now wish I had a better camera! (p.s. Also love the short about box: “a doctor for a life on the road…” very cool)

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    Yes, it’s one of the few things I wish I’d done earlier! Once I bought an SLR, I kicked myself for not buying one sooner because you can never reclaim those moments you’ve lost. Happy travelling…

Kieu May 2, 2012

The Mary to Anne Boleyn.. Lol sold! I’ve always wanted to visit the C-less Cumbria. ;) your photos just made me want to go even more.

    Abi King May 5, 2012

    Haha! It’s absolutely beautiful (not that I’m knocking the Cplus C-umbria. It’s just not quite the same…;) )

Steve May 3, 2012

AC also makes living in Seville bearable during July and August :-)

Erica May 3, 2012

I would definitely say it is a bit different than England lol! This place looks wonderful. What a cute getaway!

    Abi King May 4, 2012

    Haha! Yes, it was beautiful. And so peaceful…

carlo alberto May 7, 2012

Very funny!
And I completely agree with you about Umbria.
Less known than its closer sister Tuscany, and for this reason more wild, in the sense of keeping its original atmosphere.

    Abi King May 25, 2012

    Yes, I suppose that’s the perennial travel conundrum! I want places to be appreciated but with that appreciation comes a touch of Disneyland and swarms and swarms of tourists. And there goes the original atmosphere…

Paul May 9, 2012

Funny that you picked up on the Cumbria/Umbria thing as well. Whenever I told anyone where I was going for the week the usual inquisitive reply was Cumbria?

Umbria blew me away with its beauty, the rolling green fields with small towns perched on hillsides.

Can’t wait to go back!

    Abi King May 25, 2012

    Oh Paul, thank goodness someone else understands! I had that moment just after I hit publish when I thought…Hmmm…Is this going to be one of those things that only I get?! That’s never a good thing…

Thanks so much for these wonderful photos…you really captured both the majestic and humble sides of this unforgettable region!

    Abi King May 25, 2012

    You are very welcome. Thank you for the invitation to see this part of the world. More to follow!

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