Located in central Italy, Umbria has in recent times emerged as a favourite destination for those seeking to relocate to Italy. Many are attracted to this quaint “Green Heart of Italy” region by its mild climate, diverse local cuisine, friendly community, a rich history, and of course the region’s famous black truffle. It is a top choice for anyone interested in enjoying the best of Italian culture.
Despite being a landlocked region, Umbria has all the great Italian food and wine. Fresh or smoked trout is always available in all seasons while wild boars can be hunted during autumn. Olives with a low acidity level and a sweet delicate flavour grow in abundance all over Umbria. Some of the region’s famous wines include Grechetto white and Montefalco red wines.
Umbria is however famous for its black truffle found mainly in Valnerina. This region alone accounts for over 45% of truffles harvested in Italy. Truffles are commonly used in preparation of tasty meat, vegetables, and cheese servings. They are favourite fall culinary items in Italy. They are even celebrated with truffle festivals and fairs in the northern and central parts of the country. In Umbria, truffle seasons starts in January and peaks in April. Truffle festivals are usually held in the last weeks of February.
With the assistance of a good agent you can easily locate beautiful properties for sale in Umbria. There are a few attractive properties in the region’s lovely and unspoiled medieval towns which include Perugia, Spoleto, Todi, Assisi, Norcia, Valtopina, Citta di Castello, and Gubbio just to mention a few. Norcia is a commune town in south-eastern Umbria. It lies within the truffle growing Valnerina Valley of Sordo River. It is also well known for ham, sausage, and wild boar products, popularly known as “norcineria” products. The National Exhibition of Black Truffle of Norcia and Typical products takes place in Norcia every year. The exhibition showcases Norcia’s agricultural flavours and other gastronomic attractions. The 51st edition of the show will be held on 21st to 23rd
February 2014 and from 28th February to 1st March, 2014.
Valtopina is another famous truffle commune or municipality in the province of Perugia in Umbria. It is only 30 km east of Perugia and is made of several villages and hamlets including Giove, Ponte Rio, Gallano, Sasso, and Casatomaso among others. There is also city of Citta di Castello for anyone looking for properties for sale in Umbria. It is a larger commune in the northern part of Umbria 56 km from Perugia. It is located on River Tiber’s flood plain.
For those interested in finding a home in an idyllic medieval town with a rich heritage, and plenty of truffles, Gubbio is just the perfect choice. It is one of the oldest towns in Umbria with a rich traditional cuisine which includes white truffles and condiment sauce that can be sued on all types of pasta.
It is worth noting that more and more real estate investors are now turning to Umbria probably due to escalating prices in neighbouring regions such as Tuscany. The shift to Umbria is also in a large part due to the region’s rural landscapes, scenic woodlands, up to seven nature reserves, and of course truffles.