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Umbria Money-Saving Tips

Ordering coffee

When asking for a coffee be very specific about your order. A café to Italians is espresso (most do not drink cappuccino after 10am) and in Italy latte means a glass of milk!

Festival ahead

Planning on visiting during one of Umbria’s famous festivals? Book your accommodation well in advance—city hotels, in particular, fill up quickly. To avoid inflated city prices, consider stationing yourself in a countryside lodging near the event.

Train travel

Main towns in Umbria are well connected by trains, which are reasonably priced, clean and (mostly) on time. It’s also a relaxing, comfortable way to appreciate the picture-perfect scenery.

Church hours

Be aware that most churches are open from early morning until noon, when they close for three to four hours. They then reopen for a few hours and close for the evening at 6pm.

Clean laundry

Don't plan on doing much clothes cleaning while you’re in the Umbrian countryside—laundry facilities, dry cleaners especially, are hard to find outside large cities.

Excellent cuisine

If you’re looking for real Italian cuisine, watch where the locals go to eat, and follow them! It’s usually a little trattoria off the beaten track.


Umbria counts for a majority percentage of Italy’s truffle production. The black truffle matures from November to March, and the white truffle--the most sought after--reaches maturity from October to December.

Local catch

In Lake Trasimeno, try the superb regina in porchetta-– a cross between a fish soup and a rich stew--made from a variety of fresh lake fish, top-quality olive oil, white wine and aromatic herbs.

Family friendly

Umbrians are very welcoming to families, making it a great place to go if travelling with children. Renting a villa with a swimming pool is a great way to keep the children entertained.

Spoleto Festival

For two weeks from the end of June to the beginning of July, big names in dance, cinema and music (opera, classical, and modern) flock to Spoleto. Venues include the scenic piazza in front of the Duomo.

Umbria Jazz festival

Every July since 1973, the biggest jazz artists have made their way to Perugia for this spectacular, world-famous event, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sam Rivers, Herbie Hanckok and Miles Davis.

Eurochocolate Festival

For nine days in October, Perugia is transformed into a chocolate wonderland. Chocolate sculptures decorate outdoor stalls, cookery lessons are presented and best of all - samples are dished out.

Corsa dei Ceri

Every May 15th the Gubbian townspeople celebrate a quirky “race” that dates to the 12th century. Participants carry tall wooden towers topped with statues of saints to a church; St. Ubaldo, the city’s patron saint, always wins.

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