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Nestled in the centre of Italy, among Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, crossed by the River Tiber upstream from Rome, Umbria is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a common border with other countries. Famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci called it "green Umbria" and today it is referred to as "the green heart of Italy".
In fact, Umbria seems to be one of those masterpieces arisen from the skilful hands of such artists as Pinturicchio or Perugin: the entire region offers breath-taking views and unique landscapes, such as the Fonti di Clitunno, the waterfall of the Marmore and gorgeous Lake Trasimeno, the fourth largest lake in Italy which inspired the likes of Goethe, Stendhal and Byron thanks to its incomparable natural beauty. The sweet and green hills are filled with historical towns, all conveying a mysterious appeal. It is impossible to say which is Umbria’s most beautiful town– whether it is Gubbio, Todi, Assisi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site associated with St. Francis of Assisi), Foligno or Città di Castello. Umbria treasures the traces of its history with devotion, by awakening its past and religious traditions through annual events and celebrations. "The real estate market in Umbria" says Valentina Hall, "is very dynamic and prices are half those in neighbouring Tuscany. Many foreign buyers have recently purchased their homes in Umbria. The style of their properties is different from North to South, reflecting different lifestyles and tastes - elegant villas, country homes, modern estates, castles with watchtowers... Umbria’s picturesque countryside offers privacy and tranquillity for people seeking relax and contact with nature. A variety of activities including trekking, hiking, rafting and truffles hunting, are also available to visitors. Olive trees of the highest quality in Spello and vineyards of excellent quality in Sagrantino di Montefalco are very similar to those found in Tuscany but there are always green, even in summer". Umbria has been appointed the first Italian region for hospitality, according to Trivago, the most popular search engine for hotels in the world. For those seeking an ideal place in which to buy a second home, Umbria should be on top of their wish-list.
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