Umbrian Nature and Sports

The region of Umbria offers a vast choice of opportunities to perform sports or enjoy nature. One can choose naturalistic itineraries, to be made by foot, bike or horse; they pass through several different kind of landscapes, each offering a different view, but equally beautiful. Click on the several links to the respective websites with more information.

Golf

* Antognolla Estate - Pierantonio

Situated between the mountains between Corciano and Umbertide this 18 hole golf resort is probably the most beautiful and most spectacularly positioned golf course in Umbria.

Golf Club - Perugia

Not too far from the Motorway E45 near Ellera Umbra (city of Perugia) this very nice 18 hole golf course is easy to reach.

Lamborghini Golf - Panicarola

Run by the famous car company this 9 hole golf course is part from an estate not too far from Lake Trasimeno where also an excellent local wine is produced.

 

Natural parks

Umbria hosts one national park, various regional parks and many naturalistic oasis. Of particular interest are the following:

* Parco Lago Trasimeno

Lake Trasimeno has a surface of 128 km2, a circumference of 45 Km and a the maximum depth of 6 meters. A water veil on a lawn is called, being the Trasimeno one of least deep among large Italian lakes. Its changing beauty, creating landscapes of luminous suggestion, has been celebrated by unnumbered painters and writers.

On the banks of the lake dwell hills dressed with olive trees and from its water, very rich of fish, three islands rise: the Polvese island, the biggest, recently transformed to a public park plenty of aquatic birds, Maggiore island, the only one inhabited, and the Minore island.

On the administrative side, the Trasimeno area is part of Umbria, but for cultural and geographical reasons it is to be considered a blend of Umbria and Tuscany: it has characteristics of both. The border between the two regions remains mysteriously indefinite, not only in the language and landscape, but also in food and traditions.

Lake Trasimeno stands perfectly in the middle of Italy, in a spot crossed, since the ancient ages, by the main routes leading to Rome from the Central/Northern Europe. The lack of major industrial sites and large towns makes of the Trasimeno area a place where earth, water and air do not suffer from the effects of pollution. The small towns built on the banks of the lake like Castiglione del Lago, Magione, Passignano and Tuoro, retain an aura of serene tranquility. Not to be missed, in the outskirts, a visit to the hilltowns perched on the green gentle hills, like Città della Pieve, Paciano, Panicale and Piegaro, centers rich of history and art.

* Parco del Monte Cucco

The natural park of Mount Cucco winds among the areas of Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino and Sigillo and it's very well known by those who love trekking, mountain bike, paragliding, spelaeology and cross country skiing.

* Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini

The national park of Mount Sibillini embraces the territories of Perugia, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, at the borders between Umbria and Le Marches. Absolutely marvelous are the landscapes of “Piano Grande” near Castelluccio, with the astonishing Monte Vettore (2476 m) on the background. Especially during spring time the Plateau is a heaven full of flowers. Very important is the fauna of this park, with its wolves, royal eagles and hawks. Most popular sports here are trekking, horse riding, mountain bike, cross-country skiing, skiing, rafting, climbing, cannoning.

The town of Norcia, native land of Saint Benedikt, is definitely worth visiting. Don't miss one of the many butcher shops in Norcia where they make the famous sausages and other special meat products, well known in the whole of Italy.

* La Cascata delle Marmore

The spectacular waterfalls of Marmore near the southern Umbrian city of Terni date back to Roman times and are worth a visit.