Nature parks in Umbria

Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy: our region is home to splendid natural parks, true treasures of biodiversity.
If you love the outdoors, if you like walking or trekking, if you are looking for unspoilt places and spaces, then Umbria is the perfect destination for you: shall we start the adventure?

Marmore Falls

The Marmore Falls is certainly one of Umbria’s major tourist attractions, thanks to its unique beauty and the charm of the legend that tells of its origins, linked to the love story between the nymph Nera and the young shepherd Velino.
Located just a few kilometres from Terni, the Marmore Falls is actually the result of a brilliant piece of hydraulic engineering from the Roman period.
Celebrated by poets and artists, it is impossible not to be amazed: the power of the water, the unparalleled views and the nature in which it is immersed are truly breathtaking.
In addition to indulging in a leisurely hike to discover all its splendour, it is also possible to opt for more adrenalin-pumping experiences, such as rafting or canyoning.

Castelluccio di Norcia

Situated in the heart of the Monti Sibillini National Park, Castelluccio di Norcia is best known for the flowering of its namesake plain.
One of the most majestic spectacles that nature is able to offer: between the end of May and mid-July, the plateau offers an incredible palette of colours and shades, thanks to the spontaneous blooms and those of the cultivated fields.
However, this enchanting place offers even more: it is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts, thanks to the hiking trails, suitable for both beginners and experts; it is an exclusive location for nature photography; and it is also a destination for horse-riding enthusiasts, thanks to the stables in the vicinity.

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Lago Trasimeno

Lake Trasimeno: a treasure chest housing an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Surrounded by characteristic villages, it also abounds in artistic and cultural treasures. And what’s more: many sports can be practised here. A few examples?
Windsurfing, sup, kayaking or wakeboarding for those who want to try their hand in the water, or hiking, cycling, horse riding and even quad biking, thanks to the surrounding countryside criss-crossed by numerous trails and paths.
With a surface area of 128 square kilometres, it is the fourth largest lake in Italy (in terms of size) and is home to three islands: Maggiore, Polvese and Minore (the latter is private and therefore cannot be visited). Spending a day discovering them is definitely an experience to remember.
Finally, the lake is perfect for birdwatching: the La Valle Nature Oasis is the ideal place for this type of activity, even with the family.

Forest of St Francis

The Bosco di San Francesco is one of the most evocative places in Umbria, where nature, spirituality and culture meet.
With its 64 hectares and 800 years of history, it stands at the foot of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.
Recognised as a FAI (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano) property, it is surrounded by hornbeams, oaks, woodland and cultivated fields.
You can visit a monastery, the Romanesque church of Santa Croce, a mill that was active until the early 1900s, the remains of an old hospital and, a little further on, a 14th-century tower.
It is impossible not to mention ‘The Third Paradise‘, the work of master Michelangelo Pistoletto: a must-see.

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