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These fabrics, inspired by Middle-Eastern culture, were produced in Umbria
from the 13th century, decorated wich geometrie motifs, human or animal
figures and weil - wishing expressions. They haue become known all over Italy
as the famous Perugian veils.
The art of wood-carving is represented by magnificent works such as the
carving in Perugia of the Sala della Mercanzia, the choirstall of San Domenico
and the pulpit of the church of San Lorenzo in Spello. In fact it would be
possible to draw up an itinerary which searches out the carvings and
engravings in the cathedrals and palaces of Umbria. Iron forged in Perugia,
Orvieto, Gubbio and in the Trasimeno area was employed to great effect in
religious works such as the gate of the chapels of the "Gonfalone di San
Francesco" and the chapel of St. Bernard in the Duomo of Perugia.
These crafts, after undergoing a period of decline caused by the expansion of
industrial productions, started, at the beginning of the '900 a slow but
significant renewal. At the beginning of the '70, the Umbrian Region has,
through its promotional activities favoured the development of this sector,
which has also been stimulated by the contemporary growth of the regional
touristic activities. Ceramics modelled on ancient designs can be found in
Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino, Deruta, Todi Orvieto, CittÓ di Castello, Perugia and
Umbertide whilst terracotta may be found in Ficulle.
Umbria is a place with a great tradition for hospitality and offers a large
variety of accommodation possibilities: hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse,
residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp
sites and tourist villages: there remains only to choose and undertake an
interesting journey amidst myth and history. Umbria may also be discovered at
any time of the year.