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You can see this in the towns' historical centres, marked by the events of land
settlements: the passage of the Etruscans, of the Romans, the formation of
communal centres of which there are traces everywhere, in Perugia as in
Orvieto, in Spello as in CittÓ di Castello. You can sec it too in the mystic
architecture of Assisi, Todi and Gubbio.
It could therefore be said that Umbria consists entirely of towns, due to the
number of settlements varying in size, but with all the characteristics of an
identical urban model, whose historical and artistic features emerge and
develop without a break to our times. The charm of this stability bestows on
Umbrian centres an aspect of cultural stratification, in which pre-Roman,
Roman and mediaeval elements can be identified.
Turning then to the
relationship between the people and their environment, it is no longer possible
to define territorial, economie and demographic boundaries which respect the
geographical distribution of mountains, hills and plains: here too the elements
have become integrated in the course of history. Indeed, agricultural
structures have always been modelled on the urban ones.
This, land use has
always been based on a relationship between town and country, supported by
a balanced distribution network of small and medium-sized towns.
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.