Umbria, located in the central highlands of Italy, squeezed in between its well-known neighbours Tuscany and Rome, has a lot to tell its visitors. Alright, there are other regions, too, that specialize in olive oil production, truffle hunting, medieval festivals, cooking lessons or ancient crafts workshops. But where else can you experience all these, within a few kilometres from each other, in a truly Italian local kind of way?
The secret triangle for creative tourism experiences in Italy lies between or near the towns of SPELLO, BEVAGNA, FOLIGNO & VALTOPINA.
Supported by an international EU project on developing socio-cultural tourism in rural areas of Europe called CULTrips, the local organizers or “greeter guides” made it a point to welcome us as pilot travellers to experience this form of interactive, meet-the-locals kind of tourism.
WHAT A GREAT IDEA :-) This form of travelling should actually be offered all over Europe. Here’s what we experienced in the course of just three days !