Umbria

Cafts Industry

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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.