Set against the backdrop of the towering Monte Ingino sits Gubbio, one of Umbria’s most attractive medieval cities. Explore its narrow streets to experience its historic heart, 14th-century architecture and the cultural traditions that have shaped the city for hundreds of years. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, Gubbio is known for its produce and hearty style of cooking. Taste the region’s culinary delights at one of Perugia’s many restaurants or explore the countryside to sample local produce from the source.
Gubbio’s city walls and narrow streets mean it is suited to remain pedestrianized. Vendors spill on to the stone walkways that cut through the city’s historic center and outdoor dining patios surround many of Gubbio’s open plazas. This is one of Umbria’s most ancient cities; wander around to see the historic landmarks such as the Duomo (Cathedral) of Gubbio, the 14th-century Palazzo dei Consoli or the enormous Palazzo Ducale, built in the 15th century. Venture inside the palazzos to see historic artifacts presented in the dedicated museums.
View Gubbio from above on the famous Funivia, the cable car that runs above the city. Enjoy stunning views of Monte Ingino and the fertile landscape around the region.
Return to the city for a meal at a local restaurant. Umbria is known for its hearty meats, often roasted over a wood fire or cured with smoke. Try some local salami or porchetta, a whole, de-boned pig stuffed with herbs and garlic.
Visit the city in May to experience the excitement of Corsa dei Ceri, the Race of the Candles. This annual ritual involves three teams, each carrying a 13-foot (4-meter) statue of a saint, racing from the main square up to Monte Ingino. Join the crowds to watch as the streets of the town are flooded with the bright colors of the teams’ costumes.
Gubbio is a 50-minute drive from the city of Perugia, from where you can rent a car or catch the local bus. The journey offers beautiful views of Italy’s sun-drenched countryside.