Umbria promotes itself as ‘Italy’s Green Heart’, and this description applies equally well to the lesser-known neighbouring region of the Marche.
The main focal points of this guide are the two most beautiful areas of the Apennines in the region – the idyllic, deeply-etched valley of Valnerina in Umbria and the legendary Monti Sibillini which rise to almost 2500m and lie mainly in the Marche.
Naturally there is a wealth of art and architecture to be seen en route, whether you travel by car or on foot: everywhere you go, you come upon villages, castles, monasteries and farms which even today make beautiful pictures straight out of the Middle Ages.
- 60 long and short walks, for all ages and abilities
- 1:50,000 topo maps
- free downloadable GPS tracks
- 8 car tours and fold-out touring maps
- public transport details
- online update service for the latest information
I found this book immensely helpful while planning for a vacation touring Umbria by car. The car tours are fantastic and hard to plan by yourself without the help of a person with intimate knowledge of the area. I loved the picnic recommendations… A great book in this excellent series. I strongly recommend it to anyone visiting Umbria. (BZ, Amazon)
Don’t let anyone tell you that Tuscany is the most beautiful part of Italy. I reckon Umbria is just as good, if not better, as it is more varied. From the plain of Assisi to the highest mountains this book will get your imagination going. Some of the walks are in remote and mountainous areas, and are not for the unfit or faint-hearted, but if you are touring then there are others such as the walk near Passignano on Lake Trasimeno which are no problem for the less energetic. Another great little book in the series. (AL, Amazon)