As a result of a long and rich history, all three regions have cities with an abundance of palazzos, theatres, churches, squares, frescos and museums for you to visit. In Tuscany there are Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Pisa. In Umbria you can visit Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto and Spoleto and in Marche Ancona, Urbino and Pescara. All these cities are worth visiting, but there are also many smaller towns and villages you should definitely go and see, such as San Gimignano, Cortona, Gubbio, Fano and Montone. Local saints are regularly celebrated with festivities and the truffle, snail, salami, potato and olive oil markets are open during all seasons.
While Tuscany is grand, Umbria is modest but certainly worth a visit. Umbria lies between Tuscany and Marche. It houses Italy’s third largest university in Perugia, a city famous for its chocolate. Assisi is also a well-known city, especially since Pope Francis, the current pope, chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. Being located on a plateau and home to the fantastic Orvieto classici wines, make Orvieto another city to visit and the Cinghiale (wild boar) recipes belong to the classic and culinary highlights of the region. You can even enjoy a truffle hunt.
Naturally, Florence has to be mentioned. Michelangelo’s fantastic works and the rich tradition of the De Medici families can be found there. The tower of Pisa and the Siena square are both world famous landmarks. Browsing the antique markets in Arezzo that take place in July and August is definitely worthwhile and a visit to the convents and churches in the area between Florence and Siena will take you back in time giving you the chance to experience the culture of the rich Roman life. Finally, let’s not forget the Chianti wines.
Markets, trading and resorts are characteristic for Marche. It might be less traditional, but that doesn’t make it any less of a rich culture. The region is also home to the world famous Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi wine. Fano, Senigallia and Ancona are seaside resorts that combine authenticity with acontemporary atmosphere.