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Discovering Umbria with an iphone appA little and precious Italian region, one of few landlocked: Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Beautifully lactated in mountainous regions of central Italy by the valley of the Tiber River it is not less enchanting and rich in marvels than other regions.

Its history dates back to 600 BC, when it has been populated by Umbri Tribe. For many centuries its bigger and better known sister Tuscany casted a shadow upon small Umbria, but with time passing people learned to appreciate green hills, woods, innumerable castles, monasteries and fortresses. A perfect place to visit for gourmands: bread to your liking dipped in high quality olive oil, delicious cured meats and of course wine. But those who seek a cultural nourishment won’t be disappointed while visiting Umbria, for wonderful cultural and architectonical jewels are just waiting to be discovered.
The Region of Umbria to came forward to visitors expectations created a special and surprising project, called Umbria App, which contains information accessible from your smartphone or tablet, which are periodically updated via web.

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As far as now the application has four channels: Umbria Jazz, Museums, Parks and Festival of Spoleto, with Museums channel being most sought for. And no wonder, for application allows a virtual visit to museums with their exhibitions trough photos, axonometric and cards of most important pieces. From menu you can get access to every kind of information useful for your visit and above all a presentation of the city where the museum is located. No wonder the Museums channel is so popular among the users. Umbria being rich in history and traditions has many things to show. Check out our list of 5 most interesting Umbrian museums and download the application at this link:

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The city of Assisi is famous not only for a pet friendly saint Francis who’s the saint patron of local Basilica di San Francesco. Here in Treasury Museum you can see rare, valuable illustrated manuscripts, paintings reliquaries and priceless church ornaments. Another important museum in this lovely city is Museo Civico, where Etruscan and Roman objects are gathered, while a corridor of Museum leads to the ruins of the Roman Forum, Minerva’s Temple foundations and aedicule with famous statues of Castor and Pollux. A place worth to visit is ancient fortress of Assisi, Rocca Maggiore, a place which witnessed many important historical events. The building was constructed in early middle age,  in 1198, and then rebuild by papal legate, Cardinal Albornoz in 1367.

Best Umbria location: Orvieto

The second important city is Orvieto, where one of places of great interest is saint Patrick’s well. The city's three museums, two archeological and third of sacred art are really important for Umbrian culture. In the Museo Archeologico “Claudia Faina” thanks to generosity of count Claudio Faina the visitor can admire different objects relative to Greek and Etruscan period with most outstanding piece of all: an Etruscan sarcophagus from 4th century BC.  The Museo Archeologico Nazionale is a perfect spot for spooky ones, for within its wall several collections of burial apparel and objects can be found. Those were found in Etruscan necropolis Crocifisso and Cannicella. The Museo dell’opera del Duomo contains medieval and renaissance paintings, detached frescoes, church furnishing and sculptures from famous artists such as Simone Martini, Pisano or Luca Signorelli.

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The capital city of the region is Perugia, and as expected most museums are there. Places such as Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria contains innumerable examples of paintings of the Umbrian School, which date back as far as 13th century, whereas the Museo Archeologico Nazionale is worth to visit not only for its exhibition. The building of this museum is an old ex monastery of saint Domenico. Etruscan and Roman epoch discovering can be seen here. A place of truly special meaning is Ipogeo deii Volumni, which at first glance seems to be a Roman house, but the building is a burial site. It is a biggest tomb in Umbria, from 3rd or 2nd century BC. Inside the “house” there are seven cinerary urns, among which the most impressive is that of Arunte Volumnio, the head of the family.

For those of you who wish to visit Umbria we have a wonderful place. Not only for wedding, but as well for relaxing stay in green scenery and peaceful atmosphere:

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Here is link to download app: Umbria Museums app.

 

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