A Walk Through Umbria, Italy
Italy is one of my favorite countries. So much history, so much beauty, so much good food! Our trip to Venice at Carnivale might not have worked out so well, but we were more than happy to visit Assisi and Perugia in the region of Umbria a few months later. Since we were there for a conference, we didn’t have time to see a lot, but I still managed to take around 350 photos. It’s such a gorgeous part of Italy, how could I not?
On our first day, Andy and I took a photography workshop which included a short tour of Perugia. It rained on and off that day, which sometimes made for some great photos, but sometimes it meant I was trying to hold my camera and my umbrella at the same time. Unfortunately we went through pretty quickly to practice some new things we had learned in the workshop, so I didn’t learn too much about the city itself.
The conference was actually taking place on the outskirts of Assisi. We could actually see the town from our hotel, taunting us to come check it out. When the conference was over on Sunday night, we finally had a few hours to explore. A group of us decided to go into Assisi for dinner and meet another blogger who was in town but not at the conference. We got unbelievably lost and took much longer than we should have to find the restaurant. For a bunch of avid travelers, it was rather hilarious that we couldn’t figure out where we were going. Of course, we kept getting distracted by the amazing scenery.
Traveling in Italy just makes me want to go back even more. It’s a country I can’t get enough of, even with those storm clouds. There aren’t too many places I’ve been to that beg for me to return, but Italy is one of them. I’d love to explore more of Umbria since we didn’t get so spend much time there. And really, I’d love to just aimlessly wander through the entire country, eating and taking pictures, and soaking up the atmosphere.
November 26, 2012 @ 8:16 PM
I love love love this part of the world! Awesome shots!!!
November 27, 2012 @ 5:07 PM
Me too! Thanks Andi!
November 27, 2012 @ 9:49 AM
Beautiful photos Ali. Looks like you put your honed photography skills to good use!
November 27, 2012 @ 5:07 PM
Thank you Liv!
Umbria on the Blog
November 28, 2012 @ 2:54 PM
So happy to have stumbled on to you blog and seen your lovely photos of Umbria! You were able to capture some great images despite the weather…kudos.
November 28, 2012 @ 10:30 PM
Thank you! We really enjoyed our short time there, it was such a gorgeous region. And as much as I wished the weather had been a little nicer, it really made for some great pictures. I hope to be back there someday soon!
November 28, 2012 @ 3:43 PM
Gorgeous shots, Ali! I would love to explore these cities
November 28, 2012 @ 10:31 PM
Thanks Andrea! Such a wonderful part of Italy.
November 28, 2012 @ 7:03 PM
I loooooove the pictures! My dad has also been to Umbria for a photography course once or maybe twice and when I saw his pictures, I new I’d had to go there one day! You can see some of his shots here: http://www.hanscouwenbergh.be/umbria.html
November 28, 2012 @ 10:34 PM
Thank you Sofie! I hope you make it there, it really is gorgeous. Your dad’s pictures are really great!
November 30, 2012 @ 9:15 AM
I’m sure i’ll get there in the not so distant future. It isn’t that far and I’ve already mentioned this trip idea to boyfriend, so he can get tused to it:p
But I do think will be going to the French Loire region first, to see all the castles:-)
November 30, 2012 @ 5:05 PM
Sounds like a good plan! I haven’t been to that section of France yet, but I’d love to see the castles. Have fun!
November 29, 2012 @ 12:52 AM
I was a little bummed we missed Assisi on our last trip to Italy. I love the medieval architecture. Great photos!
November 29, 2012 @ 3:57 PM
Thanks Chisty! Hopefully you’ll get another chance one of these days, it’s a really pretty area.
November 29, 2012 @ 5:22 AM
I loved the Umbria region of Italy when I went there. It is such a beautiful place to visit.
November 29, 2012 @ 3:58 PM
Thanks Spencer, I agree!
December 4, 2012 @ 9:39 AM
If only it didn’t rain in Italy so much…no one ever tells you about the rain before you move here!
December 4, 2012 @ 4:03 PM
I guess most people think of Italy in the summer, but other times of the year it’s definitely more rainy. Though I did like having those clouds in my photos!
December 7, 2012 @ 10:39 PM
Like you Ali, Italy is one of my favorite counties, for the exact reasons you mentioned. I am going to Italy again this summer and will have to check out Umbria. It is also going to be my first time in Cinque Terre! I can’t wait!
December 8, 2012 @ 3:58 PM
Sounds like a great trip, Stephen! I’ve never been to Cinque Terre either, jealous! Italy is such a gorgeous country, I could go back time and time again. I hope you have a great trip!
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December 9, 2012 @ 8:09 AM
[…] this year, my husband Andy and I were in Assisi, Italy. In order to get back to our home in Freiburg, Germany, we took three trains from Assisi to the […]
December 12, 2012 @ 3:50 PM
Hi Ali, Your photos are beautiful. I have never been to this part of Italy but it looks like an amazing place to just walk around and enjoy the scenery.
This is the first time I read your blog and I will definitely be back.
December 12, 2012 @ 5:01 PM
Thank you! I think most, if not all, of Italy is gorgeous but Umbria blew me away with its beauty. Thanks for stopping by, glad you’re enjoying my blog!
January 5, 2015 @ 6:29 PM
For the true beauty in Italy you should visit Sardinia for the sea and Trentino Alto Adige for the mountains…
January 5, 2015 @ 7:08 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! Sardinia is definitely high on my list.