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Umbria - the sensuous, green heart of Italy
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South from Florence, north from Rome, is Italy's heart, the geographic centre of the country, Umbria. And whether you are visiting for the first time, or are a veteran to the hearty province, Umbria never ceases to leave a traveller in awe.

Remarkable for its lush hills and mountains, and wonderfully preserved medieval towns, a trip through the province can be one back through time.

A long way from either coast, what is to be enjoyed in Umbria is the rolling sea of green. Many of them cultivated, the undulating hills weave a tapestry over the expansive province creating a motley of patchy colours. The impressive slopes give way to an even more impressive cluster of medieval towns, among them, Perugia - Umbria's largest - Orvieto, Gubbio, Assisi, and Spoleto. Bevagna is a walled "valley town", with a history that stretches back before the 2nd Century. Umbertide is a busy town on the banks of the Tiber, where Etruscans and Umbrians used to barter. In Deruta, they continue the centuries old manufacture of elegant ceramiche and majolica.

The towns themselves are historical gems, but there is much to be seen exploring them all individually. Between art, architecture, hospitality, wine tasting, and festivals, travelers are often stuck trying to narrow down a selection!

Umbria's beauty, however, can be enjoyed without too much fuss. Walking by Lake Trasimeno, biking on hill paths, or simply sitting in a cafe are all possible and, in fact, characteristic of the province's tranquil setting.

A voluptuous landscape fixed at the heart of the country, hill tops adorned with century-old towns and villages, rich in agriculture and tradition, is Italy's green beauty, Umbria.

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Barone Ricasoli - Castello di Brolio
Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy, meaning it has been under continuous cultivation for over 1500 years and producing delicious wines that have rolled across the palettes of Etruscans, Romans, medieval princes and modern folk alike. Today it is the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area: Brolio Castle, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti "formula" in 1872, is surrounded by 1,200 hectares in the communes of Gaiole and Castelnuovo Berardino. Valleys, hills, woods of oak and chestnut trees, 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 hectares of olive groves, all enjoying the beauty and the wide variety of soils and climate in this central Chianti area.....
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